ABOUT

Elias Williams is a portrait and documentary photographer based in New York. His work focuses on long-term projects that highlight self-care and the nuances of class, culture, and race within underrepresented communities. Through portraiture, often prominent in his projects, Williams presents everyday people with the same dignity shown towards notable figures. 

CONTACT

info@eliaswilliams.com | +1 646 399 9059

SELECT CLIENTS & PUBLICATIONS

AARP, Buzzfeed News, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, ESPN's The Undefeated, Mic.com, The New York Times, National Geographic, NPR, NBC News, Obama Foundation and Village Voice.


EDUCATION

2012 | A.A.S in Photography, CUNY LaGuardia Community College, Long Island City, NY


WORKSHOPS

2017 | Advanced Mentorship Program w/ James Estrin and Ed Kashi, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO

2016 | Maggie Steber Workshop, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, New York, NY


SELECTED SOLO & GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017 | Underground Never Dies: BMX in the BX, ArtViews Gallery, Bronx, NY

2016 | Creatively Exploring Place, Self & Collective Identity, Tyler Art Gallery, Syracuse, NY

2015 | Photoville: 20 Emerging American Photographers, International Photo Festival Leiden, Leiden, NL

2015 | Through the Lens: Visions of African American Experience 1950-1970, Digital Interactive, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO

2015 | Jerome Avenue Workers Project, Vasquez Mufflers, Bronx, NY

2014 | Transitions, Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ

2011 | L.I.C Works, LaGuardia Gallery of Photographic Arts, Long Island City, NY

2010 | Faces of LaGuardia , LaGuardia Gallery of Photographic Arts, Long Island City, NY


AWARDS, FELLOWSHIPS & GRANTS

2017 | Magnum Foundation Photography & Social Justice Fellowship

2017 | Bronx Council on the Arts’ Bronx Recognizes its Own Award


ARTIST TALKS

2016 | Lanigan Hall, SUNY Oswego, Oswego, NY


SELECTED PRESS & MEDIA COVERAGE

2016 | Freedom to Ride, New York Times Metropolitan Album, page 8, October 2, 2016

2016 | The Brotherhood of Big City BMX, New York Times Lens Blog, September 29, 2016

2016 | A Portrait of St. Albans, Photo District News’ Photo of the Day, June 7, 2016

2015 | The Pride of St. Albans, New York Times Metropolitan Album, page 8, May 10, 2015

2015 | Photographs of Everyday African-American Pride in Queens, New York Times Lens Blog, May 8, 2015

2013 | NY Times Portfolio Review: Elias Williams, L’Oeil de la Photographie, April 17, 2013

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