Christopher Williams

Christopher Williams

Christopher Williams (b. 1956, United States) is a leading figure of the first wave of conceptual artists, along with John Baldessari, Michael Asher and others, who were active in the American west coast since the mid-1980’s. From early on in his career, Williams presented a critical position toward the art world by placing photography at the center of the period’s artistic discourse, which at the time was mostly anti-photography. In his works Williams often utilizes advertising or catalogue style photography, yet always shifting or alienating its familiar structures. The same images might at times recur in different works.

Related exhibitions: Potent Wilderness, Prima Facie

 

Christopher Williams, Garten in Voigtmichelshof, Alpirsbach June 7th 2010, 2010, Archival pigment print on cotton rag paper

Christopher Williams, Cutaway model Nikon Em. Shutter: Electronically governed Seiko metal blade shutter, vertical travel with speeds from 1/1000 to 1 second, with a manual speed of 1/90th. Meter: Center-weighted Silicon Photo Diode, ASA 25-1600, EV 2-18 [with ASA film and 1.8 lens]. Aperture Priority automatic exposure. Lens Mount: Nikon F mount, Al coupling [and later] only. Flash: Synchronization at 1/90 via hot shoe. Flash automation with Nikon SB-E or SB-10 flash units. Focusing: K type focusing screen, not user interchangeable, with 3mm diagonal split image rangefinder. Batteries: Two PX-76 or equivalent. Dimensions: 5.3″ x 3.38″ x 2.13″ [135mm x 86mm x 54mm], 16.2 oz [460g]. Fotostudio Axel Gnad, Dusseldorf October 17, 2008 [b&w], 2009, Gelatin silver print

Christopher Williams, (i) Tokuyo Yamada, Hair Designer, Shinbiyo Shuppan Co., Ltd, Minami-Aoyama, Tokyo, April 14 (A); (ii) Tokuyo Yamada, Hair Designer, Shinbiyo Shuppan Co., Ltd, Minami-Aoyama, Tokyo, April 14 (B), 1997, Dye Transfer Print

Christopher Williams, Untitled (Study in Black/Vietnam) Photography by the Douglas M. Parker Studio, Glendale, California March 20, 2006, 2006, Gelatin silver print

Christopher Williams, Bläsing G 2000, Bläsing GmbH, Essen Modell: Christoph Boland November 15th, 2010, 2010, Archival pigment print on cotton rag paper

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