Kleinsorge Williams has photographed people in the San Francisco Bay
Area for over thirty years. Originally inspired by the formal
nineteenth century portraits in her grandmother’s albums that she pored
over as a child, Williams’ photographs often maintain a dreamy,
timeless quality. Her subjects gaze at the viewer, revealing an
intimate and engaging momentary insight.
Until the advent of digital photography, Williams primarily worked in
black and white film, custom printing and selenium toning her images.
Currently she works digitally, in both photographing her subjects and
processing the images. The digital darkroom has allowed her to maintain
artistic control over color images, expanding her visual expression to
include a variety of subjects as well as enhancements. Digital
photography has allowed Louise to view every subject as a portrait, be
it a gull in flight before a February storm or the reflections in an
abandoned warehouse window, because, ultimately, the subject is light.
Williams is grateful to the artists with whom she has had the privilege
to work over the years: Jack Peltz, Paul Bishop, Ruth Bernhard, Mark
Citret, Judy Dater, Kathryn Dunlevie and Louis Durra. She is indebted
to them all for their creativity and inspiration which led to the
evolution of her vision. Williams works in available light on location
as well as from her studio in Point Richmond, California. Her images
are custom retouched and printed with Epson Ultra-Chrome Ink on
archival fine art paper.