The Gallery | WISH is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, “Black, Like Paul” featuring Alex Christopher Williams. Black, Like Paul explores the relationship between historical, contemporary and personal experiences around issues of masculinity, race and passing in the eastern American coast. This work focuses on male archetypes using folklore, legends, and icons as references to draw similarities between the past and today. Photographed along documented routes of migration, Williams use these paths to explore the spaces his ancestors inhabited to speak to larger cultural truths about black life in America. Growing up as a mixed-race boy, Williams was never forced to consider what his life would be like had he looked more like his father. As we societally continue to confront a large number of young black men facing social injustices, Williams continues to attempt to understand how different his life would be had he looked more like his father.
Alex Christopher Williams is an American photographer and co-director/curator of the Mast, an artists-run gallery in Atlanta, GA. He received his MFA in Photography from the University of Hartford and his BFA in Photography from Savannah College of Art and Design. His work has been exhibited at whitespec gallery, Atlanta,GA, Con Artist Collective, New York, NY, and C/O Berlin, Berlin, DE in addition to being held in private and public collections. Williams’ work has been featured in such publications as Der Greif, Oxford American, Photo-Emphasis, Juxtapoz Magazine, The Daily Beast, Orangbeg Press, Mull it Over and Aint-Bad Magazine. He has also worked as a photo editor for CNN and The Daily Beast and a portfolio reviewer for Lensculture.