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BIOGRAPHY
 
David Williams was born in Edinburgh in 1952. He studied English and Sociology before becoming a professional musician and composer. He took up photography in 1980 and his work has been widely exhibited and published internationally. Williams is the recipient of a range of major awards and prizes including the BBC Television 150 Years of Photography Award. He became Head of Photography  at  Edinburgh College of Art in 1990 and was appointed Reader in 2003.

Williams' practice is wide-ranging, but in recent years has been increasingly concerned with the notion of non-duality. This is particularly evident in a range of projects undertaken in Japan.


David Williams

Personal Details

1952
Born Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

1973
BA Stirling University

1974 - 80
Professional musician / composer

1980 - present
Photographic artist.

1990 – 2014
Head of Photography, Reader, Edinburgh College of Art, (appointed Reader 2003)

2014 – present
Reader / Lecturer Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh


Selected Exhibitions

2017 (group)
Looking Good: The Male Gaze from Van Dyck to Lucian Freud
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Edinburgh

2017 (group)
The Modern Portrait
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Edinburgh

2015 (group)
RED
Galerie Weissraum
Kyoto

2015 (group)
A Silvered Light
Scottish Art Photography from the City's Permanent Collection
The McManus
Dundee

2015 (group)
Scottish Art: People, Places, Ideas
City Art Centre
Edinburgh

2015 (group)
Dear Scotland: Notes to Our Nation
(with National Theatre of Scotland)
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Edinburgh

2014 (group)
Cairn Gallery
Pittenweem

2011 (solo)
flow... (Kyoto 2009)
(video installation)
Galerie Weissraum
Kyoto

2010 (solo)
Kyoto Temple Work – from the series, ‘one taste: (n)ever-changing’
Daiwa Foundation
London

2010 (solo)
flow… (Kyoto 2009) 
Cairn Gallery
Pittenweem

2009 (group)
Scottish Makars
Portraits of Scottish Poets
Scotland House
Brussels
Belgium

2008 (solo)
David Williams - Stillness and Occurrence
The Avenue (WMG Photography Fund)
London

2008 (group)
Kaleidoscope
New Works on Paper Acquired for  Scotland
(Annan, Gordon, Morrocco, Picasso, Ruscha and others)
RSA
Edinburgh

2008 (group)
Seeing Scottish Art Now
Bellany, Colvin, Curry and others
Donna Beam Gallery
Las Vegas
USA

2007 (group)
Digital VD
The Ice Box
Crane Art Centre
Philadelphia
USA

2007 (group)           
The Naked Portrait
(Arbus, Avedon, Bacon, Freud, Picasso and others…)
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Edinburgh and
Compton Verney
UK            

2007 (group)
Galerie Weissraum
Kyoto
Japan

2006 (solo)
David Williams ‘Tofukuji Zen Temple’, Kyoto
from, one taste: (n)ever-changing
Houston Fotofest

2006 (group)            
Uneasy Spaces 
New York University
Washington Square East

2006 (group)
Face to Face 
City Art Centre
Edinburgh

2005 (group)            
Kaleidoscope
Osaka Centre for Contemporary Art
Japan
(co exhibitors Albrecht Durer, Douglas Gordon, Thomas Struth and others)

2004 (solo)
Stillness and Occurrence 
Gallerie Gangi
Reykjavik
Iceland

2004 (solo)           
Findings… Bitter-Sweet 
Inverness Museum and Art  Gallery

2004 (group)          
Future Face (Wellcome Trust)
Science Museum
London

2004 (group)         
Modern Women
Scottish National Portrait Gallery        
Edinburgh

2004 (group)            
Northern Light
City Arts Centre
Edinburgh 

2003 (group)            
M.I.L.K.
Waitemata Plaza
American Express Viaduct Harbour
Auckland
New Zealand

Sydney Opera House
Australia
            
Federation Square 
Sydney
Australia

Vanderbilt Hall
Grand Central Terminal
New York
USA  (2001)

London Science Museum
UK

2003 (group)            
Fifteen Years of the Zelda Cheatle Gallery
Zelda Cheatle Gallery
London

2003 (group)            
Sons and Mothers
Collins Gallery
Glasgow      

2003 (solo)
Stillness and Occurrence
Galerie Weissraum
Kyoto
Japan

2003  (solo)                                       
Stillness and Occurrence
Galleria Van Der Voort
Ibiza
Spain

2002 (group)           
Four Photographers            
David Williams (‘Stillness and Occurrence’), Gary Fabian Miller,
Susan Derges, Patricia Macdonald
Richard Ingleby  Gallery
Edinburgh

2002 (group)          
Scotland Calls- One Hundred  Years  of Scottish Photography
(Navigator Foundation)
Boston Public Library
USA (touring)

2002 (group)  
La fotografia tra storia e poesia         
(Photography between  history and poetry)
Photographs From the Fnac Collection
Fondazione Nazionale Italiana per la Fotografia
Turino, Italy

2001 (group)
Sense of Space
Noorderlicht
Groningen
Netherlands

2001 (group)                  
The Fine Art of Photography
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Edinburgh

2001 (group)           
Narcissus
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Edinburgh

2000 (group)           
Significant Others
Scottish National Portrait Gallery            
Edinburgh

2000 (group)            
Writers of Our Time
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Edinburgh

2000 (group)          
Wish I Was Here
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Edinburgh

2000 (group)            
Expressions
Scottish Art 1976-1989
Dundee Contemporary Arts

2000  (group)         
The Art of Documentary
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Edinburgh

2000 (solo)           
Stillness and Occurrence
Zelda Cheatle Gallery
London

1999 (group)           
Absolut Open- New Art From Scotland
Inverleith House
Royal Botanic Gardens
Edinburgh

1999 (group)           
VAS Annual Exhibition
Royal Scottish Academy
Edinburgh                    

1999 (group)           
Murray Johnston's Landscape
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Edinburgh

1998 (group)           
SAAC Annual Exhibition
Royal Scottish Academy
Edinburgh

1998 (group)            
Other Worldly
Zelda Cheatle Gallery 
London

1998 (group)            
Spectrum
SAAC at the Perth Festival of the Arts

1998 (group)           
Scottish Music Now
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Edinburgh

1998 (solo)           
Findings...  Bitter- Sweet   
 (projected photo- animation)
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Edinburgh

Touring-
Rockefeller Center
New York Animation Festival 1999
USA

1997 (group)            
History- The Mag Collection
Image-based Art In Britain in the Late Twentieth Century
Ferens Art Gallery 
Hull
            
Touring-
Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh            (1998))
Cartwright Hall, Bradford                                       
Orleans House Gallery, Twickenham                    
Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne                     
York City Art Gallery                                 
Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle             
Stavanger, Norway                          (1999)
Bergen, Norway               

1997            
The Face of Scotland - 500 Years of Scottish Portraiture
Det National Historiske Museum PA
Frederiksborg, 
Denmark

1997 (group)           
SAAC Annual Exhibition
Royal Scottish Academy
Edinburgh

1996 (group)           
SAAC Annual Exhibition
Royal Scottish Academy
Edinburgh

1995  (group)          
Light from the Dark Room: A Celebration of Scottish Photography
Royal Scottish Academy
Edinburgh International Festival

1995 (group)            
The European Face  
Fotofeis International Photography Festival
The Talbot Rice Gallery
Edinburgh     

Touring-
M/F Kronborg, Copenhagen, Denmark (1996)
Danisches Kulturinstitiut, Hannover, Germany (1996)
Foyer Gallery, Gdansk, Poland (1996)
PS Gallery, Poznan, Poland (1996)
The Jewish Culture Centre, Krakow, Poland (1996)
Fotofurum West, Innsbruck, Austria  (1996)
Bolsano, Italy (1997)
Weesp, Amsterdam, Holland (1997)
Alkmaar, Holland  (1997)
Baltic States (1997)
De Warande, Turnhout Belgium (1998)

1995 (group)            
SAAC Annual Exhibition  Invited Artist
Royal Scottish Academy 
Edinburgh

1994 (group)           
Let's Face Reality
Gallerie D-B-S
Antwerp

1994 (group)           
'one little room... an everywhere'- A Photographer's Choice
Scottish National Portrait Gallery 
Edinburgh

1994 (solo)           
Findings ... Bitter-Sweet (stills)
Portfolio Gallery 
Edinburgh
            
Touring-
Duncan of Jordanstone
College of Art and Design (1995)

1993 (group)            
Photographing Children
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Edinburgh

1993 (group)           
European Exercises
Gallerie D-B-S
Antwerp

1993 (group)          
Scotland Observed: A Decade of Collecting
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Edinburgh

1992 (group)            
ICI Fox Talbot Award Nominees Exhibition
National Museum of Photography, Film, Television,
Bradford
Touring exhibition, Europe, North America

1992 (group)            
The Europeans
Arles International Photography Festival
France

1991 (group)            
How to Take a Portrait
Scottish National Portrait Gallery 
Edinburgh    

1991 (group)           
New Scottish Photography
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Edinburgh
            
Touring-
Houston Fotofest USA  (1990)
Aberdeen Art Gallery (1991)
Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Madrid (1991)
Caixa de la Terrassa, Barcelona (1992)

1989 (group)
Fox Talbot Award Finalists Exhibition
Museum of Photography, Film and Television
Bradford

1989 (group)            
Our Photographic Legacy-
Treasures of the National Photographic Collections 1839-1989
National Museum of Scotland
Edinburgh

1989 (group)            
Open Submission Portrait Show
Portfolio Gallery
Edinburgh

1989 (solo)            
'Is': Ecstasies I-XXII
Photographers' Gallery, London
            
Touring-
Portfolio Gallery, Edinburgh (1989)
Derbyshire College of Higher Education (1990)
Espace Parallele, Brussels (1992)
Stadtisches Museum Abteiberg
Munchengladbach, Germany (1994)
Sol Mednick Gallery
University of the Arts
Philadelphia College of Art and Design USA (1999)

1989 (group)            
Fox Talbot Award Finalists Exhibition
Museum of Photography, Film and Television
Bradford

1988 (group)            
Photography in Scotland 1938-88 Recent Acquisitions
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Edinburgh

1985 (solo) 
Pictures From No Man's Land                  
Stills Gallery, Edinburgh
            
Touring-
Glasgow City Art Centre (1986)
Aberdeen Art Gallery (1986)
Derbyshire College of Higher Education  (1986)
Pendle Art Gallery (1987)
L'Espace Parallele, Brussels (1992)
FNAC L'Etoile, Paris     (1988/89)
FNAC Grenoble
FNAC Orleans
FNAC Liege

1985 (group)            
Image and Exploration            
Photographers' Gallery
London

1983 (solo)            
Photo Call
Glasgow City Art Centre
Glasgow Mayfest

1982 (solo)            
Snap Happy?
Pleasance Theatre 
Edinburgh Festival Fringe


Selected Publications / Articles

2016
Lawson, J. ‘The Last 20 Years of David Williams’ Practice’ (Interview)
SSHoP - Studies in Photography. Edinburgh: Scottish Society for the History of Photography.

2016 (online, peer reviewed journal)
‘Stillness and Occurrence’, with extracts from Rabindranath Tagore’s, ‘Sadhana: The Realisation of Life’. Gitanjali and Beyond Vol 1, No 1 Tagore and Spirituality. Edinburgh: Scottish Centre for Tagore Studies.
http://gitanjaliandbeyond.napier.ac.uk/index.php/gitanjali/article/view/29/35

2016 (online, peer reviewed journal)
‘Things’, with an extract from Rabindranath Tagore’s, ‘Sadhana: The Realisation of Life’. Gitanjali and Beyond Vol 1, No 1 Tagore and Spirituality. Edinburgh: Scottish Centre for Tagore Studies.

2016
Monograph – The Royal Wedding 1981. Southport: Café Royal Books. Online link-
https://www.caferoyalbooks.com/the-royal-wedding-london-1981-david-williams-110216-500/ )

2015 (online publication)
‘Pictures from No Man’s Land’, Café Royal Books.
https://www.caferoyalbooks.com/blog/2015/7/8/pictures-from-no-mans-land-david-williams

2015 (online publication)
‘The Scottish Post Office 1985’, Café Royal Books.
https://www.caferoyalbooks.com/blog/2015/8/23/the-scottish-post-office-1985-david-williams

2014
Collaboration with Ali Smith – Michael Clark Portrait, Dear Scotland: Notes to Our Nation. Edinburgh: National Galleries of Scotland.

2013
Smith, G. Photography and Travel, London: Reaktion. p.154.

2010
‘Two retrospectives by David Williams’, Wynd / Edinburgh Review 130. Edinburgh: Edinburgh Review.

2009
Portfolio Magazine 50, Edinburgh. pp. 108-109.

2008
Brittain, D. ‘David Williams: 88 Places’ (Kyoto Temples), Portfolio Magazine 48, Edinburgh. 

2008
The Scottish Show, catalogue. Essay, Normand, T. Nevada: University of Las Vegas

2007
Normand, T. Scottish Photography: A History, Edinburgh: Luath Press. Front cover image, pp.43, 148, 149.

2007
Hammer, M. The Naked Portrait 1900 - 2007, Edinburgh: National Galleries of Scotland. pp. 76-77.

2007          
Summerton, E. et al. Digital VD, Dundee: Hungry Dog Press.

2007
Horiuchi, N. and Warrilow, J. (ed) Chusanan. Osaka: Centre for Contemporary Art.

2006
Houston Fotofest: The Earth, catalogue. (David Williams - one taste: (n)ever-changing Kyoto 2003). Essay, Normand, T. Houston: Fotofest. pp. 173-5.

2006            
Kemp, S. Future Face, catalogue, CD Rom. Taiwan: National Science and Technology Museum. p.199.

2006
Crossing the Atlantic… Uneasy Spaces, catalogue. New York: New York University.

2006
Koltun, L. ‘Photography and the Nation’, SSHoP Studies in Photography. Edinburgh: Scottish Society for the History of Photography. P.34.

2005
Kaleidoscope, catalogue. Osaka: Osaka Contemporary Art Centre. P. 15.

2005
‘David Williams – The Temples Project (Kyoto)’, L Magazine issue 364. Osaka: KeiHanShin L Magazine Company.  pp. 030, 035.

2004
Kemp, S. Future Face, catalogue, CD Rom. London: Wellcome Trust. P.199.

2004
Normand, T. ‘David Williams: one taste: (n)ever-changing’, Portfolio Magazine 39. Edinburgh.

2003
CD Artwork, J.S. Bach The 6 Cello Suites, Crear Classics.
(collaboration with cellist Phoebe Carrai)

2003
15 Years of the Zelda Cheatle Gallery, limited edition portfolio.
Essay, Haworth-Booth, M. London.

2003
Sons and Mothers, catalogue. Glasgow: Collins Gallery.

2002
La fotografia tra storia e poesia (photography between history and poetry): Photographs from the FNAC Collection, catalogue. Milan: Mazotta. pp. 212, 227.

2001
Noorderlicht: Sense of Space, catalogue and CD/ROM. Groningen: Noorderlicht. pp.10-13.

2001            
A Companion Guide to Photography in the National  Galleries of Scotland. Edinburgh: National Galleries of Scotland. pp 218-19.

2001
M.I.L.K : Family – A Celebration of Humanity, catalogue. London: Harper Collins p. 165.

2001
M.I.L.K. : Friendship – A Celebration of Humanity, catalogue. London: Harper Collins. p. 27.

2000
Wish I Was Here: A Multicultural Anthology, book/cd. ed. Finlay, A and MacNeil, K. Edinburgh: Pocketbooks. cover image, pp. 133-141.

1999
A Companion Guide to Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Edinburgh: National Galleries of Scotland. pp. 204-5.

1999
Murray Johnston’s Landscape, catalogue. Edinburgh: National Galleries of Scotland. pp. 46-47.

1998
Findings… Bitter-Sweet, photo-animation VHS Video. Edinburgh: National Galleries of Scotland.

1997
David Williams: ‘Self Portrait’ - SSHoP Annual Photographer’s Lecture 1996
SSHoP Studies in Photography. Edinburgh: Scottish Society for the History of Photography

1997
History: The Mag Collection – image-based art in Britain in the late twentieth century, catalogue. Hull: Ferens Art gallery. p. 94.

1996
Lawson, J. ‘David Williams: Digest of a conversation with James Lawson’, SSHoP Studies in Photography. Edinburgh: Scottish Society for the History of Photography

1995
Light from the Dark Room: A Celebration of Scottish Photography, catalogue. ed. Stevenson, S. Edinburgh: National Galleries of Scotland. pp. 61. 90. 104.

1995
The European Face, catalogue. Edinburgh: Talbot Rice Gallery pp. 34- 35.

1994            
David Williams -'Is': Ecstasies I-XXII, catalogue. Essay Stemmler, D.
Monchengladbach: Stadtisches Museum Abteiberg Monchengladbach. 

1994
Williams, D. ‘one little room… an everywhere’(article), Scottish Photography Bulletin 2. Edinburgh: Scottish Society for the History of Photography.

1994
Lawson, J. ‘one little room’, Creative Camera 329. London: CC Publishing.

1994
Lawson, J. ‘To Travel… To Arrive – Findings… Bitter-Sweet by David Williams’, Portfolio Magazine 20. Edinburgh.

1994
McKenzie, J. ‘Here, there and everywhere’, The List, issue 291. Edinburgh: The List.

1994
Colin, B. ‘Play Me Something’, The List, issue 241. Edinburgh: The List.

1994
Let’s Face Reality, catalogue. Antwerp: Gallery DB-S. pp. 4-5.

1993
Photographing Children, catalogue. Essay, Stevenson, S. Edinburgh: National Galleries of Scotland.

1993
Lawson, J. ‘Postscript to Fotofeis – Just One Picture’, Scottish Photography Bulletin 2. Edinburgh: Scottish Society for the History of Photography.

1992
Nueva Fotografia Escocesa, catalogue. Essays Brittain, D. and Stevenson S. Madrid: Centro Cultural Del Conde Duque. pp. 33-36.

1992
Arles International Photography Festival, catalogue. Arles.
        
1992
ICI Fox Talbot Award Nominees, catalogue. Bradford: National Museum of Photography Film and Television. p. 23.

1991
New Scottish Photography, catalogue. Essays, Brittain, D. and Stevenson S. Edinburgh: National Galleries of Scotland. pp. 25-28.

1991
Baird, J. ‘New Scottish Photography: the event beyond the frame’, Alba. Edinburgh: Talbot Rice Art Centre.

1991  
Lawson, J. ‘These Happy Few: New Scottish Photography at Aberdeen Art Gallery’, Creative Camera 309. London: CC Publishing.

1990            
On The Beach (includes Boubat, Erwitt, Frank, Koudelka, Lartigue, Mayerowitz, Nori, Pfahl). Tokyo: Treville.

1990
Flowers, C. ‘Striking Images, Still Lives’, Scotland on Sunday Magazine 18/12/90. Edinburgh: Scotsman Publications.

1990
Williams, D. ‘Murray Johnston – a tribute’(article), Scottish Photography Bulletin 2. Edinburgh: Scottish Society for the History of Photography.

1989
Chandler, D. ‘David Williams – ‘Is’: Ecstasies l-XXll’, Portfolio Magazine 4. Edinburgh.

1989
Bain, A. ‘Developing Nicely’, The List, issue 91. Edinburgh: The List.

1989
Johnston, M. ‘Is: Ecstasies: l-XXll’, The List, issue 91. Edinburgh: The List.

1989            
Sun Life Fox Talbot Award Nominees, catalogue. Bradford: National Museum of Photography Film and Television.

1989            
Our Photographic Legacy-Treasures of The National Photographic Collections
1839-89, catalogue. Edinburgh: Shutter Press. pp. 130-131.

1988
David Williams portfolio, ‘Pictures from No Man’s Land’. Essay Nori, C. Camera International. Paris: Camera International.

1988
Billen, N. ‘Eighty Seconds Later’, The List, issue 75. Edinburgh: The List.

1987
‘David Williams – Pictures from No Man’s land’, Creative Camera. London: CC Publishing.

1986
Parkinson, N. ‘Girls in the Picture’ (David Williams – Pictures from No Man’s Land), The List issue 11. Edinburgh: The List.

1985
Monograph, Pictures From No Man's Land: St Margaret’s School for Girls, Edinburgh. Edinburgh: Waterfront & Sausilito CA: Windgate Press USA

1985
Image and Exploration, catalogue. Essay Jonathan Bayer. London: The Photographers’ Gallery. p.24


Selected Commissions and Awards

2008
Nominated for Prix Pictet Award

2001
Nominated for Citibank Photography Prize
(Stillness and Occurrence)

2000        
Portrait commission- ‘A. L. Kennedy’
National Galleries of Scotland

1997        
Winner, Sally Schofield Memorial Prize for Photography

1997        
Commissioned by Italian Cultural Institute
to co-produce and direct 90 minute live visual accompaniment for 
Musica Italia
BBC Studio 1, Queen St Edinburgh

1996        
Nominated for City Bank Private Bank Photography Prize

1995        
New work, Source, commissioned for
Light from the Dark Room: A Celebration of Scottish Photography
National Galleries of Scotland
    
1995        
Chosen as UK representative for The European Face
Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh
    
1994        
Commission to curate 'one little room... an everywhere'-
A Photographer's Choice 
National  Galleries of Scotland    

1993        
Commission to make photo-animation with soundtrack-
‘Sunflower Blues’
Gallerie D-B-S Antwerp
    
1992        
Nominated for ICI Fox Talbot Award
by Richard Calvocoressi, Curator
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

1989        
National Galleries of Scotland Portrait Commission
‘Michael Clark, Dancer’

1989        
Commission by Polaroid International to use 20"x24" camera as part of Edinburgh Festival (televised)

1989        
Runner-up, Sun Life Fox Talbot Award

1989        
Winner, BBC Television Scotland 150 Years of Photography Award

1987        
Scottish Arts Council Bursary

1985        
Scottish Post Office 350th Anniversary Commission         

1983        
Official Photographer/exhibition commission
Glasgow Mayfest    

1983        
SAC  Commission        
Photographer-in-Residence
St. Margaret's School for Girls, Edinburgh
Scottish Arts Council


Recent Conference Presentations

2015
Williams, D. ‘Not Two: Strategies in the Photographic Exploration of Nonduality’ presented to conference, 21st Century Photography: Art, Philosophy, Technique, Central Saint Martins, London. June 2015. 

2013
Williams, D. ‘Water and Oneness’, paper presented to conference, Ansel Adams: at the Waters Edge, National Maritime Museum Greenwhich London. Feb 2013.


Collections

City Art Centre, Edinburgh
Dundee Gallery of Modern Art
Ferens Art Gallery, Hull
Fidelity Finance (USA) Collection 
FNAC International Collection, Paris
McManus, Dundee
National Galleries of Scotland
National Museum of Photography Film and TV, Bradford
Navigator Foundation, Boston, USA
Polaroid International Collection, New York, Berlin
Scottish Arts Council
Standard Life
Statoil Art Collection
St Andrew’s University
State Street Bank
Victoria and Albert Museum
WMG Photography Fund

Various private collections