In an age anaesthetised by smartphone photography, Amanda Williams works within the material, chemical and physical constraints of large format silver gelatin photographic printing, fibre based papers and analogue, black and white, medium and large format film. Being material as opposed to digital, these things have a shelf life after which time their behaviour ceases to be predictable. The analogy of an afterlife, rather than a death, with the suggestion of spirit that this implies.

Williams manipulates material photographic phenomena to subtle superphenomenal ends, combining these practical negotiations and the physical energetics of this type of printing at this mural scale to work within the traditional genre of Romantic landscape photography. Ansel Adams a looming precipice in this terrain. Williams' photographic subjects include landscape, brutalist architecture and the darkroom abstractions of photograms and chemograms. At mural scale, the effect of her methods can be like that of an extremely detailed colonial drawing in something as material and as landscape-originating as charcoal.

Amanda Williams (b. 1975, Sydney, l. Sydney) was the winner of the $30,000 MAMA Art Foundation National Photography Prize (2018), the oldest photographic prize in Australia, judged by Isobel Parker Philip, at Murray Art Museum Albury, and was shortlisted for the Bowness Photography Prize at Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne (2017). She was awarded a Master of Fine Art at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney (2015), a Bachelor of Fine Arts (1st class hons and University Medal) by the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales (2006) and a Bachelor of Arts (Art History and Theory) by the University of Sydney (1998).

Williams' work has been exhibited widely in Australia over fifteen years including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne; Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Sydney; Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne, Murray Art Museum, Albury and UNSW Galleries, Sydney.

Key group exhibitions include Archie Plus, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney (2020-2021); Peace AltitudeNabilah Nordin, Salote Tawale, Amanda Williams at The Commercial, Sydney (2019); Antipodean emanations: cameraless photographs from Australia and New Zealand, curated by Stella Loftus-Hills, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne (2018); An elegy to Apertures, curated by Isobel Parker Philip, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne (2017); Silver & Salt – Experimental Photography, curated by Carrie Kibbler, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Sydney (2016).

Her work is in the collections of Murray Art Museum Albury and Wesfarmers, Perth.



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