Laura Wilson: Photographs in the west

Byrd Williams IV : Memory, Imagery and Mortality  

January 3 - February 3, 2018

Book signing January 24, 2018 6-7



Laura Wilson

Fort Works Art is excited to present Laura Wilson: Photographs in the West, an exhibition exploring Wilson's vision of Western culture through her extensive travels in the American West. Known for her honest, enthralling portraits and Western-themed body of work, Wilson's highly-acclaimed portfolio spans five decades. The New York Times Magazine has referred to her past work as "a classic of Texas history." Laura Wilson's photography has been showcased in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The London Sunday Times, and GQ Magazine. Wilson’s exhibition, That Day, opened at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art and is currently traveling throughout the United States.


Byrd Williams IV

The collection Memory, Imagery, and Mortality, includes more than 30 works that depict the scope of the aging process. A darker, in-your-face, exploration of the realities of growing old, the collection showcases a variety of photographic mediums and techniques, including palladium collage and 19th Century film development practices.

A fourth generation photographer, Byrd is best known for his urban work in the U.S. and Europe. He produces extremely detailed photographs, usually as triptychs, using a very large format view camera. He is currently working on a project about cultural violence and religion in Texas. Williams has been teaching photography for 26 years and is the chair of the photography/graphic design department at Collin College. He is a published writer and international artist whose work has been shown and collected at the Amon Carter Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and the Stadt Museum of Trier Germany as well as many publication and collections throughout the U.S and Europe. In 1997, Williams was selected as an artist in residence in Bad EMS, Germany and lived at Wagner’s castle, the “Schloss Balmoral.” His work on the civic use of German, French, Belgian, English, and Dutch street corners was featured on television and exhibited in several west German cities in 1997 and 2007. Williams’ work can currently be seen at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. 

Photographs in the West and Memory, Imagery and Mortality runs through February 3rd, 2018.