Elias Williams

Elias Williams

Elias Williams is a photographer born, raised and working in New York City. Through long-term portrait-based projects he celebrates historically underrepresented communities referencing lived experiences through the nuances of music, pride, race and resilience. His photographs have been showcased at the Photoville Festival, International Photo Festival Leiden, the Morris Museum, and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Museum of the City of New York. His clients include Apple, Bloomberg Markets, Essence, HuffPost, Instagram, National Geographic, The New York Times, The New Yorker, TIME and The Wall Street Journal among others. Williams is also a recipient of the Bronx Council on the Arts’s Bronx Recognizes Its Own (BRIO) award (2017), Magnum Foundation Photography and Social Justice Fellowship (2017), World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass participant (2020) and Center of Photography at Woodstock Artist-in-Residence (2022).

Archive Exhibitions Featuring Elias Williams

A Place Where the Dream Lives

Washington Street and Prospect Street
 archive : 2022

Presented by National Geographic

In a nation with a history of racist housing policies, this community became an enduring exception — and a point of pride.

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Pandemic Class of 2020

Times Square
 archive : 2020

New York City’s Spring 2020 graduates, from pre-k to medical school, talk about having their traditional commencement ceremonies altered and their experiences in quarantine, at the height of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza
 archive : 2019

As part of the OPEN DOORS arts and justice initiative, the Reality Poets are men who have been harmed by gun violence using storytelling, hip-hop, and the spoken word, challenging their audiences to combat the injustice that breeds violence in New York City neighborhoods.

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Archive Sessions and Events Featuring Elias Williams

Jun 192023

Clayton Sisterhood Project Exhibition Walkthrough with Laila Annmarie Stevens in conversation with Elias Williams as part of Juneteenth in Queens

Artist walkthrough of the Clayton Sisterhood Project exhibition in Roy Wilkins Park led by Laila Annmarie Stevens as part of Juneteenth in Queens

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Jun 192023

Juneteenth Photo Walk with Laila Annmarie Stevens

In honor of Juneteenth, we held a special walkthrough of the Clayton Sisterhood Project exhibition in Roy Wilkins Park led by artist Laila Annmarie Stevens in conversation with photographer, Elias Williams.

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