September 28, 2023


Design Plan Love

Documentary Portraits of People at 100

On this episode of The Portrait System Podcast, host Nikki Closser speaks with Katherine Williams of White Wolf Portrait Studio in Christchurch, New Zealand. Williams shares how she brings her ardour for documentary images into her life-style household portrait studio and her mission, Being Human at 100

When Williams was younger, one in every of her academics wrote in her report card that she might be knowledgeable photographer. From then on, she knew it might be so. Whereas learning images at Polytech, Williams provided to work totally free for visiting photographers. By commencement, she had a mixture of paid work, together with photographer’s assistant and marriage ceremony photographer. After faculty, Williams was photographer on cruise ships for almost ten years. Then, she opened her personal marriage ceremony images studio. She progressively shifted into portraits and has all the time cherished documentary.  

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Williams’ present documentary ardour mission focuses on portraits of elders over 100. She has traveled to locales like Cuba, Japan, and the Philippines to {photograph} them. Initially, she had no thought methods to begin, however by likelihood, met somebody with a pal within the Philippines mountain village she needed to go to who organized for her to go to eight elders. Likewise, in Japan, a “fixer” organized for Williams to go to totally different households. The customized dictated that after coming into, she would pray on the household shrine, and solely after would know if she could be permitted to remain and take portraits.  

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In the case of paying for her mission, Williams says, “I don’t wish to consider this as a profit-making enterprise. That is in my bones. It’s in my coronary heart. . . This is why I do the enterprise of images, and that is the why for doing all the things else that I do in images to earn cash.” 

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Williams’ money-making studio is the approach to life household portrait studio she runs along with her associate Tony Carter. They like to give attention to the documentary facets of their work, and one in every of their hottest merchandise represents that. “Stream” tells a narrative by means of a framed collection of photos involving pure household interactions. Additionally they promote folio bins, albums, and wall artwork. 

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To study extra about Williams’ documentary portraiture, go to White Wolf Portrait Studio and see extra from her Being Human at 100 mission at Katherine Williams Photography

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