Portrait and documentary photographer Billy Delfs’ aim is building stories with pictures of people that are meaningful while working with a good team. He maintains that with a good set of pictures people form questions, find hope, build ideas, and learn something new. 

He holds degrees and certificates from Tri-C and the International Center of Photography. His work is held in many collections, including the Cleveland Public Library Archives, Cleveland Clinic, and The Quarter as well as having been exhibited throughout the city of Cleveland (his home town), New York City and Los Angeles. His work has received awards from the Press Club of Cleveland, American Photography, PDN, Santa Fe Media Workshops, and Nikon.

Based in NYC

Agencies / Brands / NonProfits:
Google, Facebook, HUGE, OLSON, StinkDigital, Brokaw, Vitamix, Great Lakes Brewing Co., Adobe, Philips Healthcare, Cleveland Foundation, Case Western Reserve, Refugee Response, Oberlin College, Oberlin Center of the Arts, Alzheimer’s Foundation, The West Side Market, Campaign for President Barack Obama

AARP, ESPN, Eating Well, Fast Company, Fortune, Hearst, HUCK (UK), Meredith Publications, The New York Times T Style Mag, TIME, The Guardian (UK), DIG BMX (UK), NEWSWEEK (JAPAN), Smithsonian Magazine, The Washington Post, Where Women Create, The Wall Street Journal

International Center of Photography - General Studies Certificate
Cuyahoga Community College - AAB Visual Communication and Design

Permanent Collections:
2020 Cleveland 20/20: Cleveland Public Library Archives
2018 The Quarter: Permanent Collection of Landscapes
2018 Van Aken: Permanent Collection of Landscapes
2014 Mitchell's Ice Cream: Permanent Collection of Harvest
2013 Cleveland Clinic Hospital: Permanent collection of Landscapes
2011 Cleveland Clinic Foundation: Permanent Collection of Surfers in Conjunction with a commission by Catherine Opie

2018 Cleveland Foundation: Place.Makers. Palace theatre, Playhouse Square
2018 Adrift, A Dream: 78th street Studios. Curated by Liz Maugans
2017 Cuba NOW: Cleveland Print Room
2016 "Off the clock": APA/LA - Santa Monica, Ca
2015 Night at the Farm: Welcoming event for Arun Gandhi and fundraising event for The Refugee Response
2011 Gypsy Bean Cafe and Bakery - solo Surfers series exhibit
2011 Greenhouse Tavern - solo Surfer series exhibit
2010 The Root Cafe - Surfer series
2007 CONVERGENCE - a partner show with John G - 6706 Detroit Ave Cleveland, Ohio
2007 JCC Cleveland - A group Photography exhibit curated by Abe Frajndlich - the Mandel Center
2006 SPD Photography Auction - Harrys Loft New York
2005 Power of Women - Planned Parenthood of Greater Cleveland Fundraiser
2004 SPD Photography Auction - The Art Directors Club of New York
2004 ICP student Program exhibition - ICP, New York
2003 Power of Women - Planned Parenthood of Greater Cleveland.

2018 Santa Fe DIVERSITY Honorable Mention
2017 1 of 12 photographers selected and curated by Sherri Littlefield of the Foley Gallery NYC
2016 American Photography 32
2013 Ohio Excellence in Journalism: Cleveland Press Club Awards COVER, General Circulation Magazines-Sunday Magazines
2013 Santa Fe Workshops: Outdoors winner Honorable Mention
2013 Press Club of Cleveland: First Place Photography and all Others
2011 Press Club of Cleveland: First Place Photography and all Others photo journalism
2010 PDN Great Outdoors award: Outdoor sports and activities
2010 Jewish Family Services Association: Outstanding community service and Support
2009 Press Club of Cleveland: Second Place Portraiture
2009 Press Club of Cleveland: All others/personality Photography
2007 Photographers Forum Finalist Annual Spring Photography contest
2005 Photographer’s Forum Best of College Photography Annual
2005 Nikons emerging Photographers Hall of Fame

Member of: ASMP and SPD


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