Graeme Williams

For thirty years Graeme Williams has worked on highly personal photographic essays, reflecting his response to South Africa’s complex evolution. Photographic assignments have taken him to fifty countries and his photographs have been featured in major publications, including National Geographic Magazine, TIME, Newsweek, and The New York Times Magazine. His work is housed in the permanent collections of, amongst others, the Smithsonian (USA), Duke University (USA), North Carolina Museum of Art (USA), Rotterdam Museum of Ethnology (Netherlands), University of South Africa, Iziko South African National Gallery, Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, and the University of Cape Town. Williams’ work has been shown in solo exhibitions in New York, Paris London, Cape Town and Johannesburg, and he has participated in many international group exhibitions, including the 2011 Figures and Fictions exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. In 2013, he was awarded the CAP (Contemporary African Photography) Prize as well as the Ernest Cole Award for the series, A City Refracted. His work was included in a major exhibition showcasing South African photography at Huis Marseille Museum for Photography in Amsterdam, and in the Aperture Summer Open exhibition in New York in 2014. Images from his series, As the Grass Grows, were included in the Louis Vuitton Foundation’s Being There exhibition in 2017.

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