William Farley - Three Lanes Sign

William Farley/ William Farley

United States

Photography

www.williamfarleyphotos.com

William Farley
William Farley
Male
United States
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William Farley is an American photographer. His works explore rural and urban landscapes, whose atmosphere resembles the one from a dramatic movie scene.

Photography by William Farley

William Farley - Highway Columns & Lights, 2008 - detail
William Farley – Highway Columns & Lights, 2008 – detail
William Farley - Golden Gate Park Lake, 2011 - detail
William Farley – Golden Gate Park Lake, 2011 – detail

William Farley received his BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland in 1969, majoring in Sculpture, and his MFA from California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, California in 1971, with major in Sculpture and minor in Film-making. He grew up in Braintree, Massachusetts in a family with a working class history. Farley was drafted in the army, and worked there as an illustrator. In college, as a task in class on history of the film, he had to make one. It turned out to be a success, and Farley found himself completely devoted to film.

Photography by William Farley

William Farley - Neon Window, 2013 - detail
William Farley – Neon Window, 2013 – detail
William Farley - Pacifica, 2011 - detail
William Farley – Pacifica, 2011 – detail

Primarily a filmmaker, Farley discovered photography as a sort of natural evolution of his art. While the movie consists of moving pictures, photographs are subject matter captured in an instant. The Fog@Night series is void of human presence, as the artist concentrates on both urban and rural landscapes, which would be perfect as movie locations. All pictures are taken between the midnight and dawn. Farley seeks that untold, silent drama of an unseen world. There is no people in the photographs because of the deep instinct which goes beyond socialization process. That instinct lies deep within the artist. The goal of his photography is the beauty of the entire material world that surrounds us, the viewers are simply encouraged to go beyond their everyday rational mind, so they can be able to see this beauty.

He is represented by Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco, USA.

William Farley lives and works in San Francisco.

All images are courtesy of the artist.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2013UnknownSFMoMA Artist Gallery, Fort Mason, CAGroup
2011Outlandish, Contemporary Depictions of NatureBedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CAGroup
2011LandsCApes: Glimpses of Everyday Californiade Saisset Museum, Santa Clara, CAGroup
2009Shadow & Light, The Life and Art of Elaine Badgley ArnouxVentura Film Festival, Ventura, CaliforniaGroup
2009Shadow & Light, The Life and Art of Elaine Badgley ArnouxMendocino Film Festival, Mendocino, CaliforniaGroup
2009Shadow & Light, The Life and Art of Elaine Badgley ArnouxMill Valley Film Festival, Mill Valley, CaliforniaGroup
2009Shadow & Light, The Life and Art of Elaine Badgley ArnouxSanta Fe Film Festival, Santa Fe, New MexicoGroup
2009The Old Spaghetti FactoryCinema By The Bay, San Francisco International Film Festival, San Francisco, CaliforniaGroup
2009In Between The Notes, The Life and Music of Pandit Pran NathLausanne Underground Film & Music Festival, Lausanne, SwitzerlandGroup
2008Walt Whitman’s Song Of MyselfMendocino Film Festival, Mendocino, CaliforniaGroup
2008Walt Whitman’s Song Of MyselfFIAAP 08 Festival Internacional Audiovisual de Artes Performativas Museu Nacional do Teatro Lisboa, PortugalGroup
2007Darryl Henriques Is In Show BusinessYerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CaliforniaGroup
2007Arianna’s JourneyYerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CaliforniaGroup
2007The StoriesMendocino Film Festival, Mendocino, CaliforniaGroup
2007The StoriesRhode Island International Film Festival, Providence, Rhode IslandGroup
2007The StoriesCleveland Cinematheque, Cleveland, OhioGroup
2007TributeMuseu Nacional do Teatro Lisboa, PortugalGroup
2007TributeCinéma Action Christine, Paris FranceGroup
2006Darryl Henriques Is In Show BusinessMendocino Film Festival, Mendocino, CaliforniaGroup
2006Darryl Henriques Is In Show BusinessMill Valley Film Festival, Mill Valley, CaliforniaGroup
2006The StoriesMill Valley Film Festival, Mill Valley, CaliforniaGroup
2006The StoriesSouthern Exposure Mayhem Film Festival, San Francisco, CaliforniaGroup
2002In Between The Notes, The Life and Music of Pandit Pran NathOther Minds Film Festival, San Francisco, CaliforniaGroup
2002TributeCork Film Festival, Cork, IrelandGroup
2001The Old Spaghetti FactoryPBS national broadcast, 90 cities in the U.S.Group
2000The Old Spaghetti Factory16th Annual Film Arts Festival , San Francisco, CaliforniaGroup
2000The Old Spaghetti Factory29th International Film Festival of Figgueira da Foz, Lisboa, PortugalGroup
1999Citizen, I’m Not Losing My Mind I’m Giving It AwayAmsterdam Institute of Film & Television, Amsterdam, The NetherlandsGroup
1999Sea SpaceSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CaliforniaGroup
1998brokeInternational Festival of Flanders Ghent, Ghent, BelgiumGroup
1998broke30th International Bonn Festival of Short Films, Bonn, West GermanyGroup
1998brokeDenver International Film Festival, Denver, ColoradoGroup
1998brokeInternational Short Film Festival, Vila do Conde, PortugalGroup
1998brokeRotterdam International Film Festival, Rotterdam, NetherlandsGroup
1998Sea Space46th International Mannheim Film Festival, Mannheim, GermanyGroup
1998Sea Space35th New York Film Festival, New York, New YorkGroup
1998Sea SpaceGolden Knight Film Festival, Kiev, UkrainianGroup
1998Sea SpaceSundance Film Festival, Park City, UtahGroup
1998Sea SpaceMuseum of Modern Art, New York, New YorkGroup
1998Sea SpaceSan Francisco International Film Festival, San Francisco, CaliforniaGroup
1997brokeBlack Maria Film/Video Festival, Jersey City, New JerseyGroup
1997brokeSan Francisco Cinematheque, San Francisco, CaliforniaGroup
1997brokeGolden Knight Film Festival, Moscow, RussiaGroup
1997brokeAccbank Dublin Film Festival, Dublin, IrelandGroup
1997The Bell Rang To An Empty SkyGolden Knight Film Festival, Moscow, RussiaGroup
1997Sea SpaceMill Valley Film Festival, Mill Valley, CaliforniaGroup
1996brokeSan Francisco International Film Festival, San Francisco, CaliforniaGroup
1996Sea SpaceInternational Short Film Festival, Vila do Conde, PortugalGroup
1989Of Men and AngelsMill Valley Film Festival, Mill Valley, CaliforniaGroup
1989Of Men and AngelsHouston International Film Festival, Houston, TexasGroup
1989Of Men and AngelsCannes International Film Festival Market, Cannes, FranceGroup
1989Of Men and AngelsBoston Film Festival, Boston, MassachusettsGroup
1989Of Men and AngelsSundance Film Festival, Park City, UtahGroup
1989Sea SpaceWalker Art Center, Minneapolis, MinnesotaGroup
1988TributeSeventh Annual Santa Fe Film Expo, Santa Fe, New MexicoGroup
1988TributeBig Muddy Film Festival, Carbondale, IllinoisGroup
1988TributeI.A.C. International Film and Video Competition, London, EnglandGroup
1988TributeCleveland International Film Festival, Cleveland, OhioGroup
1988TributeWest German Short Film Festival, Oberhausen, West GermanyGroup
1987TributeBlack Maria Film/Video Festival, Jersey City, New JerseyGroup
1987Tribute5th Festival International Cinema in 16mm, Montreal, CanadaGroup
1987TributeInternational Festival of Short Films EXPERI, Bonn, West GermanyGroup
1986In Between The Notes, The Life and Music of Pandit Pran NathChicago International Film Festival, Chicago, IllinoisGroup
1986In Between The Notes, The Life and Music of Pandit Pran NathVideo Free America, San Francisco, CaliforniaGroup
1986TributeNew Directors/New Films, Lincoln Center, New York, New YorkGroup
1986TributeFilm Arts Festival, San Francisco, CaliforniaGroup
1986TributeSydney Film Festival, Sydney, AustraliaGroup
1986TributeSeattle International Film Festival, Seattle, WashingtonGroup
1986TributeWellington/Auckland Film Festival, Wellington, New ZealandGroup
1984Citizen, I’m Not Losing My Mind I’m Giving It AwayInternational Film Festival van Antwepen, Antwepen, BelgiumGroup
1984Made For TelevisionMill Valley Film Festival, Mill Valley, CaliforniaGroup
1983Citizen, I’m Not Losing My Mind I’m Giving It Away8th Deauville Festival of American Cinema, Deauville, FranceGroup
1983Citizen, I’m Not Losing My Mind I’m Giving It AwaySundance Film Festival, Park City, UtahGroup
1983Citizen, I’m Not Losing My Mind I’m Giving It AwayWhitney Museum of American Art, New York, New YorkGroup
1983Citizen, I’m Not Losing My Mind I’m Giving It AwaySanta Fe Winter Film Exposition, Santa Fe, New MexicoGroup
1983Citizen, I’m Not Losing My Mind I’m Giving It Away7th International Biennial of Humour and Satire, Gabrovo, BulgariaGroup
1983Citizen, I’m Not Losing My Mind I’m Giving It AwayFlorence International Festival of Independent Cinema, Florence, ItalyGroup
1983Citizen, I’m Not Losing My Mind I’m Giving It AwayFilm in the Cities, Saint Paul, MinnesotaGroup
1983Made For TelevisionSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CaliforniaGroup
1983Made For TelevisionSinking Creek Film Celebration, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TennesseeGroup
1983Made For TelevisionCalifornia College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CaliforniaGroup
1983Made For TelevisionBlack Maria Film----Video Festival, Jersey City, New JerseyGroup
1983Made For TelevisionKenyon Film Festival, Kenyon, OhioGroup
1983Made For TelevisionAnn Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor, MichiganGroup
1983Become An ArtistAspen Film Festival, Aspen, ColoradoGroup
1983Become An ArtistOnion City Film Festival, Evanston, IllinoisGroup
1982Made For TelevisionHirshhorn Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.Group
1982Become An ArtistCLIO AWARDS, New York, New YorkGroup
1982Become An ArtistAnn Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor, MichiganGroup
1982Become An ArtistFilm Arts Festival, San Francisco, CaliforniaGroup
1982Marthain, ,The Irish FilmBirmingham Educational Film Festival, Birmingham, AlabamaGroup
1982The Bell Rang To An Empty SkyMuseum of the American Indian, New York, New YorkGroup
1982Sea SpaceFilm Works, The Kitchen, New York, New YorkGroup
1981Become An ArtistU.S. Television Commercials Festival, Elmhurst, IllinoisGroup
1980Marthain, ,The Irish FilmAtlanta Independent Film and Video Festival, Atlanta, GeorgiaGroup
1980The Bell Rang To An Empty SkySan Francisco International Film Festival, San Francisco, CaliforniaGroup
1978Marthain, ,The Irish FilmSan Francisco Cinematheque, San Francisco, CaliforniaGroup
1978The Bell Rang To An Empty Sky26th International Tampere Short Film Festival, Tampere, FinlandGroup
1978The Bell Rang To An Empty SkyConference on Visual Anthropology, Temple University, Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaGroup
1977The Bell Rang To An Empty SkyNew York Film Festival, New York, New YorkGroup
1977The Bell Rang To An Empty SkySan Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CaliforniaGroup
1977The Bell Rang To An Empty SkyWhitney Museum of American Art, New York, New YorkGroup
1977BeingFilmex, Los Angeles International Film Exposition, Hollywood, CaliforniaGroup
1977BeingSinking Creek Film Celebration, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TennesseeGroup
1976The Bell Rang To An Empty SkyBellevue Film Festival, Bellevue, WashingtonGroup
1976BeingCanyon Cinematheque, San Francisco, CaliforniaGroup
1976BeingWalker Art Center, Minneapolis, MinnesotaGroup
1976BeingAthens International Film Festival, Athens, OhioGroup
1976BeingSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CaliforniaGroup
1976BeingPacific Film Archives, University of California, Berkeley, CaliforniaGroup
1975BeingAnn Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor, MichiganGroup
1975BeingCalifornia College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CaliforniaGroup
1975BeingInternational Film and Video Festival, Lucerne, Lucerne, SwitzerlandGroup
1974Sea SpaceCanyon Cinematheque, San Francisco, CaliforniaGroup
1974Sea SpaceAnn Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor, MichiganGroup
1973Sea SpaceSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CaliforniaGroup
1972Sea SpaceCalifornia College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CaliforniaGroup