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About the Artist


William Major hails from the mountains of northeast Tennessee. Major attended the small liberal arts school, Milligan College, and graduated in 2015 with a bachelor of arts in photography and humanities. He also received his master of fine arts degree from the University of Georgia in 2019. Major has shown his work across the southeastern United States as well as exhibiting in New York City, London, and Amsterdam. He has been featured in Ain't Bad Magazine, Southern Glossary, is part of the collection Looking at Appalachia, and is in the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University. While at the University of Georgia, he attained the Outstanding Teaching Assistant award. Major is primarily a documentary photographer that explores the idiosyncrasies of southern culture and fringe groups. Major also experiments with the mediums of video and sound.

Research

Major currently explores varying performances and unique talents through portraiture and video. As a graduate student, he has worked with wrestlers, contortionists, circus performers, singers, dancers, and a host of other performers. He explores the motivation behind these performances - where validation, recognition, and exposure are generally key. Spectacle is an important part to this research, as well as subverting its coded language.

Major has also delved into Christian iconography in Appalachia and the greater southeast, family history, storytelling, and bringing his love for music into his artistic craft.

 

You can contact him at williamrmajorphotographs@gmail.com