William Machinsky was born and raised in the Anthracite coal region of Pennsylvania. His artistic interests and abilities became evident in grade school. He attended Philadelphia College of Art and earned a BFA with a major in illustration and a minor in photography.
Upon graduation, he worked as a newspaper photographer for two years. When the paper folded, Bill went to graduate school and studied psychology and art psychotherapy at Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital in Philadelphia. Following graduate school, Bill worked for thirty one years as a psychotherapist and was the clinical manager of a day psychiatric hospital for twenty five of those thirty one years.
When the medical center that he was affiliated with closed the day psychiatric program, Bill made the decision, with the support and encouragement of his wife, to return to a career in photography. He is now focused on fine art photography, employing the use of strong linear effects and complex composition. When using color, his photographs are saturated and vibrant. His monochromatic work is understated and moody.
Bill is an exhibiting artist of the Guild of Creative Art in Shrewsbury, NJ, and has had photographs exhibited at juried shows at the Guild, the Art Alliance of Monmouth, the Belmar Arts Council, and the Monmouth Festival of the Arts.