Christopher Williams, ‘Untitled Focal length: 180mm Aperture: f/5.6 Image ratio: 2:1 Distance lens to focal plane: 27cm Distance film layer to focal plane: 81cm Bellows extension: 36cm Depth of field: 1.932mm Studio Rhein Verlag, Düsseldorf, August 13, 2016’, 2016, David Zwirner

About Christopher Williams

The often-opaque themes in Christopher Williams’s works have in common the artist’s fascination with obsolescence and the relationship between photographs and the objects they document. Known for his high-gloss, crisply focused photographs, reminiscent of the commercial photography of a bygone era, Williams’s subjects range from stacked Ritter Sport chocolate bars to old cameras that have outlived their usefulness. Williams ironically references the practice of retouching in advertising by highlighting the small but conspicuous imperfections in his own subjects or, as in the case of Kodak Three Point Reflection Guide, © 1968 Eastman Kodak Company, 1968 (Corn) (2003), trying to ‘sell’ a food item that is clearly made out of plastic. Former Editor-in-Chief of Artforum Tim Griffin described Williams’s approach as “sociophotographic,” meaning that the work explores underlying codes within photography, advertising, and ethnography (the study of human cultures).

American, b. 1956, Los Angeles, California, based in Cologne, Düsseldorf, and Amsterdam

Group Shows

2017
New York,