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HomeContents > People > Photographers > William W. Fuller

Other: William Fuller 
Dates:  1948 -
Born:  US, OH, Cleveland
Active:  US
Concentrates on the abstract forms of American architecture.
Supplied by the photographer (21 April 2015)
Born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1948, William Fuller grew up in Waukegan, Illinois and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Like most kids in the fifties and early sixties, he avidly recorded vacations and family pets with a brownie. An elective introductory course in photography at Penn State under Henry Wessel inspired Fuller with the creative potential of the camera. Although he studied literature with thoughts of pursuing poetry as a vocation (and earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Speech from Penn State in 1970) the idea of a photograph as a poem or a thematic group of images as prose diverted him from a career in writing.
Aimless after college Fuller worked on Cape Cod in the summers and in California during the winters. Extended visits into Mexico and frequent trips across the United States whetted his desire to explore with a camera. In 1975 he chanced into a job selling New England scrimshaw to stores, galleries, and museum gift shops. He then bought a house near Payson, Arizona, built the first of his darkrooms, and began many years of extensive travel.
Like many people who travel, Fuller felt the need to record the experience. In 1980 he bought a Tachihara field camera to pursue with more precision and contemplation the themes and ideas that had been evolving. A year later he acquired some acreage and built a more elaborate darkroom, and in 1991 when he married, an ever expanding house. With inspiration from the many remarkable art museums and galleries he was able to visit, and a growing library from his addiction to used book stores, he continues to develop those early ideas of photography as literature and poetry.

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William W. Fuller grew up in Waukegan, IL and Pittsburgh, PA. He earned his B.A. from Penn State in English and Speech in 1970, where he was also introduced to photography in a course taught by Henry Wessel. He has exhibited at galleries around the country, most recently at the Ellis Crane Gallery in Durango, CO. Fullerís work was featured in Arizona Photographers (1990), published by the Center for Creative Photography, and most recently, in the journal LensWork (2006), which chose Renaissance Center, Detroit, Michigan (1996) for its cover. Fullerís work is included in the permanent collections of The Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona in Tucson; the Santa Barbara Museum of Art; the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and the Museum of Fine Art in Houston. He has also exhibited at the Temple Gallery in Tucson, Arizona (2008). 
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