William Sawalich began his photographic education early, making his first darkroom print at age ten. He continued his studies at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, ultimately earning a Master's Degree from The Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California. Along with portraiture, still life and assignment photography, Sawalich is an avid writer. As contributing editor for three popular photography magazines—Outdoor Photographer, Digital Photo and Digital Photo Pro—he has written hundreds of equipment reviews, how-to articles and profiles of world-class photographers. 

A creative writer and amateur filmmaker, Sawalich co-created the short films "A. Anonymous" and “Roy." He has published short stories in “McSweeney's" and "Yankee Pot Roast," and was a writer for the web series "Inside the Actor's Studio Apartment." For a full year he purchased only American-made products and wrote about the experience at his "Bye, American" blog. He teaches photography at the University of Missouri in St. Louis, where he lives with his wife, two children and three poorly trained dogs.