An image of The Old Customs House at Circular Quay (1) 1944-1983

John F Williams

(Australia 1933 – )

The Old Customs House at Circular Quay (1) 1944-1983

Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Year
1944-1983
Media
Photograph
Medium
six gelatin silver photographs
Dimensions
46.1 x 98.1 cm frame
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1984
Accession number
176.1984
Copyright
© John F Williams