D’Angelo Williams is a junior photography major attending the Memphis College of Art from Jackson,MS. Much of the work he’s produced in sc...
D’Angelo Williams is a junior photography major attending the Memphis College of Art from Jackson,MS. Much of the work he’s produced in school derives from his challenges with body image, conformity and identity.It is inspired by his interest in the fashion and entertainment industries. His work takes on the looks associated with these industries, but focuses on the challenges that the average male, like himself, may face when there is only one type of male figure being praised in these industries. Outside of his school work he has begun photographing members of the African American community in Memphis. He sees this as a way to get closer to the culture he was raised in, but doesn’t identify with. Besides the fashion and entertainment industries he’s inspired by many photographers, both established and contemporary. Ranging from artists such as Richard Avedon to up-and-coming photographers, like Whitten Sabbatini. His work often emphasizes architecture and cinematography. He recently had his first solo show in Memphis at an abandoned Sanctuary. The show was a great success and has the young photographer more inspired than ever.
I got the chance to ask D’Angelo a few questions about his works, here’s what he had to say:
1. Me: What do you consider the perfect photo?
DW: The perfect photo, for me, is one that makes you think, laugh, informs you, challenges you. It’s one that appears to be effortless and has the potential to be timeless.