Elias Williams

Elias Williams is a New York City-based photographer whose work honors under-represented people in the United States. Through portraiture and long-form essays, he studies the cultural and historical significance of everyday people within these communities.

His photographs have been showcased at the International Photo Festival Leiden, the Morris Museum, and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Elias is also a contributing photographer to AARPBloomberg Markets, NPR, National GeographicThe New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal among others.

Williams is also a 2017 Magnum Foundation Photography and Social Justice Fellow, and 2017 recipient of the Bronx Council on the Arts’s Bronx Recognizes Its Own (BRIO) award, and he is currently participating in the 2020 World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass.

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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