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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.


Exhibitions (solo)

2011
Flow...
(video installation)
Galerie Weissraum
Kyoto

2010
Japan Work
Daiwa Foundation
London

2010
David Williams
Cairn Gallery
Pittenweem

2008
Stillness and Occurrence
The Avenue (WMG Photography Fund)
London

2006
one taste: (n)ever-changing
Houston Fotofest

2004

Stillness and Occurrence
Gallerie Gangi
Reykjavik
Iceland

2004           
Findings… Bitter-Sweet
Inverness Museum and Art  Gallery
   
2003
Stillness and Occurrence
Galerie Weissraum
Kyoto
Japan

2003                                        
Stillness and Occurrence
Galleria Van Der Voort
Ibiza
Spain

2000           
Stillness and Occurrence
Zelda Cheatle Gallery
London

1998           
Findings...  Bitter- Sweet  
 (projected photo- animation)

Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Edinburgh

Touring-
Rockefeller Center
New York Animation Festival 1999
USA

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

1989           
'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)

1985
           
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

1983           
Photo Call
Glasgow City Art Centre
Glasgow Mayfest

1982           
Snap Happy?
Pleasance Theatre
Edinburgh Festival Fringe



Exhibitions (group)


2017
The Modern Portrait
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Edinburgh

2016
St Andrew's Photography Festival
Scottish Society for the History of Photography

2015
RED
Galerie Weissraum
Kyoto

2015
A Silvered Light

Scottish Art Photography from the City's Permanent Collection
The McManus
Dundee

2015
Scottish Art: People, Places, Ideas
City Art centre
Edinburgh

2015
Dear Scotland: Notes to Our Nation
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Edinburgh

2014
Cairn Gallery
Pittenweem

2013
Dressed to Kill
Fashion, Costume and Dress in Scottish Art
City Art Centre
Edinburgh

2009
Scottish Makars
Portraits of Scottish Poets
Scotland House
Brussels
Belgium

2009
The Face of Scotland
Masterpieces from the Scottish national Portrait Gallery
Fleming Collection
London

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

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

2007
Digital VD
The Ice Box
Crane Art Centre
Philadelphia
USA

2007
Galerie Weissraum
Kyoto
Japan

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

2007           
The Naked Portrait
(Bacon, Freud, Avedon, Arbus, and others…)
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Edinburgh

Compton Verney
UK           

2006           
Uneasy Spaces
New York University
Washington Square East

2006
Face to Face
City Art Centre
Edinburgh

2004           
Future Face (Wellcome Trust)
Science Museum
London

2004           
Modern Women
Scottish National Portrait Gallery       
Edinburgh

2004           
Northern Light
City Arts Centre
Edinburgh           

2003           
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           
Fifteen Years of the Zelda Cheatle Gallery
Zelda Cheatle Gallery
London

2003           
Sons and Mothers
Collins Gallery
Glasgow

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

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

2002           
Photography Between  History and Poetry
Photos From the Fnac Collection
Fondazione Nazionale Italiana per la Fotografia
Turino, Italy

2001
Sense of Space
Noorderlicht
Groningen
Netherlands

2001                 
The Fine Art of Photography
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Edinburgh

2001           
Narcissus
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Edinburgh

2000           
Significant Others
Scottish National Portrait Gallery           
Edinburgh

2000           
Writers of Our Time
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Edinburgh

2000           
Wish I Was Here
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Edinburgh

2000           
Expressions
Scottish Art 1976-1989
Dundee Contemporary Arts

2000          
The Art of Documentary
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Edinburgh

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

1999          
VAS Annual Exhibition
Royal Scottish Academy
Edinburgh                   

1999           
Murray Johnston's Landscape
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Edinburgh

1998           
SAAC Annual Exhibition
Royal Scottish Academy
Edinburgh

1998           
Other Worldly
Zelda Cheatle Gallery,
London

1998           
Spectrum
SAAC at the Perth Festival of the Arts

1998           
Scottish Music Now
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Edinburgh

1997           
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           
SAAC Annual Exhibition
Royal Scottish Academy
Edinburgh
       

1996           
SAAC Annual Exhibition
Royal Scottish Academy
Edinburgh

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

1995           
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           
SAAC Annual Exhibition  Invited Artist
Royal Scottish Academy
Edinburgh

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

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

1993           
Photographing Children
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Edinburgh

1993           
European Exercises
Gallerie D-B-S
Antwerp

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

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

1992           
The Europeans
Arles International Photography Festival
France

1991           
How to Take a Portrait
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Edinburgh   

1991           
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           
Fox Talbot Award Finalists Exhibition
Museum of Photography, Film and Television
Bradford

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

1989           
Open Submission Portrait Show
Portfolio Gallery
Edinburgh

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

1985           
Image and Exploration           
Photographers' Gallery
London


Publications (solo)

1998          
Findings... Bitter-Sweet   
Photo-animation- VHS Video
National Galleries of Scotland

1994           
'Is': Ecstasies I-XXII
Stadtisches Museum Abteiberg
Munchengladbach
            
1989           
Various poster images
The Art Group
            
1985           
Pictures From No Man's Land  
p/b & h/b UK and USA
Waterfront


Publications (group)


2013
Photography and Travel
Graham Smith
exposures

2009
Portfolio Magazine #50

2008
Portfolio Magazine # 48

2007           
Scottish Photography: A History
Tom Normand
Luath Press

2007          
The Naked Portrait
National Galleries of Scotland

2007         
Digital VD
Hungry Dog Press

2007          
Chusanan   
Weissraum Kyoto
Centre for Contemporary Art, Osaka

2006           
Houston Fotofest

2004           
Future Face (Wellcome Trust)
Catalogue
CD Rom

2004
Portfolio Magazine # 39

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

2003                                         
15 Years of the Zelda Cheatle Gallery
Limited edition portfolio
Text- Mark Haworth Booth
Sons and Mothers
Collins Gallery

2002                           
Photography Between History and Poetry
Photos From the Fnac Collection
Mazzotta

Photo-Text (CD ROM)
National Galleries of  Scotland

2001           
Noorderlicht
Sense of Space   Catalogue and CD ROM
Noorderlicht

2001           
Photography in the National  Galleries of Scotland
National Galleries of Scotland

2001           
M.I.L.K. Family
Harper Collins

2001           
M.I.L.K. Friendship
Harper Collins

2000           
Wish I Was Here
A Scottish Multi-Cultural Anthology
Pocketbooks
            
1999           
Murray Johnston's Landscape
National Galleries of Scotland            

1999           
VAS Catalogue

1998          
Spectrum- The SAAC at the Perth Festival of the Arts
SAAC

1997
Studies in Photography
SSHOP

1997           
History: The Mag Collection
Ferens Art Gallery

1995           
Light from the Dark Room: A Celebration of Scottish Photography
National Galleries of Scotland

1995          
The European Face
Talbot Rice Gallery1995        
Photo '98 Launch Catalogue
Photoarts 2000

1995           
SAAC Annual Exhibition  (Invited Artist)
SAAC

1994
Portfolio Magazine # 20

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

1993           
Photographing Children
National Galleries of Scotland

1992           
Nueva Fotografia Escocesa
Centro Cultural Del Conde Duque

1992           
Arles International Photography Festival
                
1992           
ICI Fox Talbot Award Nominees
National Museum of Photography Film and Television

1991           
New Scottish Photography
National Galleries of Scotland

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

1989           
Sun Life Fox Talbot Award Nominees
National Museum of Photography Film and Television

1989           
Our Photographic Legacy-
Treasures of The National Photographic Collections 1839-89
    
1985           
Image and Exploration
Photographers' Gallery,  London
Shutter Press



Commisions 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 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       
Commisssion 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
(nominated by Ron O'Donnell)

1989       
Winner, BBC 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



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