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Party Pictures
Party Pictures

William Earle Williams

Party Pictures

8 ½" x 8 ½”
92 pages, 44 black and white tritone plates
29 illustrations
The Print Center, Philadelphia

Special Edition:

Book and gelatin silver print of Untitled, 1981/2020 (cover image)
Print: 8" x 8”, Edition of 20

The new monograph William Earle Williams: Party Pictures is dedicated to the artist’s acclaimed series of the same name. Williams’ insightful photographs taken in the 1970s and 80s revel in the details of a particular moment and reveal the unspoken but timeless cues of class, race and gender. Williams accessed social gatherings – from highbrow charity galas to counter-culture costume parties – to probe the inner-workings of these complex social worlds. His stunning black and white photographs offer a fascinating record of an era, touching on the history of photography, the history of Philadelphia, and the societal changes of the late 20th century.