John F Williams is not simply a street photographer; although he views the world with the quirky and spontaneous gaze so often associated with that genre. Williams began photographing in the 1950s, and has worked variously as an aeronautical engineer, magazine editor, historian and photography lecturer to support his art. Between 1973 and 1977 he was the photography critic for 'The Australian', and was appointed Senior Lecturer in Photography at Sydney College of the Arts in 1976. Williams' photographs are impeccably framed, with often just a limb, head or shadow of a human subject trapped in a visual play with text, signs and the formal elements of landscape. Reflections and mirrors are recurring motifs in his work, often used to abstract reality in layers of form. His more recent work develops techniques for recognising the passage of time in photography, including photographic series and photomontage.
gelatin silver photograph
29.6 x 19.7 cm image; 38.1 x 30.4 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. sheet, ink "J Williams `74".
Not on display
© John F Williams
Shown in 2 exhibitions
John Williams Photographs (1989), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 11 Aug 1989–01 Oct 1989
Fine and mostly sunny: photographs from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 28 Sep 1991–01 Dec 1991
Referenced in 1 publication
John Williams Photographs, Sydney, 1989, 41 (illus.).