Bill Curtsinger was born in Philadelphia, January 23, 1946. He grew up in southern New Jersey, and has lived in Maine since 1971. He attended Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff and Arizona State University in Tempe.
During the Vietnam War he was a member of the elite Navy Photo Unit, Atlantic Fleet Combat Camera Group based at the Naval Air Station, Norfolk, Virginia. He has been a freelance photographer and writer since 1970.
Specializing in underwater subjects, he has photographed thirty-three articles, (six cover stories) for National Geographic Magazine. His most recent story in the Geographic was on Harbor Porpoises and appeared in the
June 2003 issue. Other photographs and stories have been published in Smithsonian, Outside, Time, Newsweek, Life, Audubon, Natural History, Islands, Aqua, Terre Sauvage, Georama Experiment, Unterwasser, Mare, Airone, Stern, Geo, Paris Match, New Look, London Sunday Express, Sinra, Shukan
Asahi, BBC Wildlife, Bonniers, and other publications worldwide. He has photographed seven books including Wake of the Whale, Friends of the Earth & E.P. Dutton, 1979; The Illustrated Pine Barrens, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1981; three Tilbury House titles, Life Under Ice, 2003; Sea Soup Phytoplankton, 1999; and Sea Soup Zooplankton, 2001; and Monk Seal Hideaway, Crown Publishers, 1995 and Extreme Nature, White Star Publishers, 2005. He has produced video shorts and clips as well as a library of stock video footage. Bill is a founding member of the Maine based art group “10 X 10” and a member of the Portland based printmaking cooperative, Peregrine Press.
Recent shows include a Retrospective of his Work @ Art Gallery, Westbrook College, October 5, to Nov 27th, 2005. One Man Show-"Elusivity" Three Decades of Nature Photography by Bill Curtsinger Gold/Smith Gallery, Boothbay Harbor, ME, July 30, to August 25, 2004; Annual 10X10 Group Show June Fitzpatrick Gallery, Portland, ME, ongoing; Peregrine Press Group Show, Aucocisco Gallery, Portland, ME, June 3-13, 2004. "Elusivity" Three Decades of Nature Photography by Bill Curtsinger at The National Museum Of Wildlife Art, Jackson, Wyoming, September 29, 2003 to April 19, 2004.
His latest book, Extreme Nature—Images from the World’s Edge, is a 409-page retrospective of his work published in 8 languages and 9 countries, and is in bookstores everywhere.