Kirk William is a documentary & landscape photographer and photography teacher working exclusively in the landscapes of the American West. He is currently expanding his personal projects to included the land-scape's relationship to significant geological, historical, and cultural periods that have defined the spirit of the American West.
Kirk received an Associate of Arts degree in photography from the College of San Mateo before entering the Fine Arts degree program at San Francisco State University with emphasis in photography and modern art history. After stints as a portrait photographer and darkroom technician in the SF Bay Area, he went on to study graphic design and advertising with Lawrence Bender Associates in Silicon Valley. Due to the confining aspects of commercial work, Kirk eschewed it to remain a “free bird” as he likes to say, allowing him time to pursue personal projects.
From 2013 to 2019 Kirk produced 20 “ Leica in the Landscape“ workshops throughout the western states for Leica Camera, USA, In 2019 he formed American West Workshops to allow him to teach photography in the places he loves . Besides his ongoing documentary and landscape projects, Kirk currently exhibits at his gallery in Murphy’s, California, and works to print and promote editions of his archived collections .