Louise Williams Portraits

Louise 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.

Louise Williams Self Portrait
(c)Louise Williams 2009