William A. Ewing
Author and Curator
William A. Ewing is an author, curator and former museum director who has lived and worked for forty years in North America and Europe. He founded Optica Center for Contemporary Art in Montreal in 1972. Ewing moved to New York in 1977, becoming Director of Exhibitions at the International Center of Photography. In 1991 he moved to London to work as a freelance curator and author. In 1996 he was named Director of the Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland, where he remained until 2010.
Currently he is Curator of Special Projects for the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography (Minneapolis/Lausanne) and Directorial of Curatorial Projects for Thames & Hudson. He serves or has served on many boards, juries and advisory committees in Europe and America.
William Ewing’s exhibitions have been shown in such institutions as the Museum of Modern Art and ICP in New York; the Serpentine, Whitechapel and Hayward Galleries in London; the Smithsonian Institution, Washington; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Museo Nacional Reina Sofia, Madrid; the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and many others in North and South America, Europe, and Africa and Asia.) His books include The Body, Face: The New Photographic Portrait; Inside Information: Imaging the Interior of the Human Body; and many monographs on such artists as Ray K. Metzker, Leonard Freed, Erwin Blumenfeld, Edward Steichen, Ernst Haas, and Arnold Newman (2012). He has also co-authored books on Lynne Cohen, Paul Outerbridge, Alison Jackson and many other artists. He is co-author of Regeneration: Tomorrow's Photographers Today(2005 and 2010 editions). In 2009 Mr. Ewing was co-curator of the New York Photo Festival, and in 2010 he curated three shows for the festival Les Rencontres Arles in France. In 2010 he was decorated by France as an Officer of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
He is interested in all forms of photography with the exception of laborious academic and heavily conceptual work with no aesthetic character. He is constantly looking for fresh material, and often puts the work of young/emerging photographers into his projects.