Bill Yates received his Master of Fine Arts in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1975 where he studied with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind. He also studied with Garry Winogrand, and enjoyed a friendship with painter, sculptor, photographer, and fellow southerner, William Christenberry for forty years. Yates is a landscape, documentary, and aerial  photographer.

Yates had a solo exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC in 1975. Photographs from that exhibition were selected by Chief Curator/Associate Director, Jane Livingston and the United States Information Agency (USIA) to be a part of the first cultural exchange to China following President Richard Nixon’s 1972 historic visit. He received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to curate and assemble a traveling exhibition of Florida’s emerging photographers, was a curatorial consultant for photography to the Corcoran, and served as the director of the University Gallery at New Mexico State University.

Awards and recent exhibitions (partial): PhotoLucida 2013 Critical Mass Top 50 winner; Sweetheart, Gallery Kayafas, Boston, 2015; THE FENCE 2015, Atlanta & Houston; Bill Yates: Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink 1972 – 1973, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, 2015, and Hathaway Contemporary, Atlanta, 2016; FAST FORWARD // REWIND, Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia (MOCA GA), Atlanta, 2017; Landscape & Interventions, Hathaway Contemporary, Atlanta, 2017; Houston Center for Photography, 2017; W|ALL: Defend, Divide, and the Divine, Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles, 2019; Youthful Adventures, Telfair Museum, Savannah, 2020. Collections include: Corcoran Gallery of Art; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg; Wellesley College Davis Museum; Do Good Fund, plus numerous private, and institutional collections.

Yates published Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink, Fall Line Press, Atlanta in 2016.