Senior Lecturer of Photography

Teaching Responsibilities

James teaches on all levels of the BA(HONS) Photography and is the photo recruitment lecturer.


James Williams was born in the industrial city of Hamilton, Ontario on December 26, 1955. He worked at one of the city’s largest steel plants while attending the Ontario College of Art in Toronto. James received his MFA in Photography (3-year terminal degree) from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

James artwork focuses on issues of industry, labour and working class. He has received many international art production grants and has participated several art residence programs. James has exhibited internationally with 32 solo exhibitions and well over 50 group-exhibitions.including the American Labor Museum in New Jersey, Kunstlerhaus in Ulm, Germany and the Instituto Chileno Norteanericano Gallery in Santiago, Chile. James exhibited in THE OH’ CANADA PROJECT, NATURE + NATION, at he Art Gallery of Ontario, and has had a retrospective at the Art Gallery of Hamilton in Hamilton, Ontario.


Monographs and Catalogs

:  POWER TO THE PEOPLE : Contemporary Art Forum, ISBN 0-9730384-1-1, Kitchener, Ontario 2003.

:  Making Out Mark: Labour Arts and Heritage in Ontario. Karl Beverage and Jude Johnston, Between the Lines ISBN 1-896357-27-X, Toronto, Ontario.

:  shift, change1988 - 1998, Art Gallery of Hamilton, ISBN 0-919153-61-5, Hamilton, Ontario, August 1998.

:  CONTACT SHEET 94, Light Work, Syracuse, New York, January 1998.

:  STEELTOWN installation fotografica Catalog, Museo Biblioteca Pape, Monclova, Mexico, January 1998.

:  WORK, WORKERS, WORKS : Rearranging the Land Catalog, Dalhousie University Art Gallery, ISBN 0-7703-0663-2, Halifax, Nova Scotia, October 1997.

:  PhotoNominal ‘96 Catalog, The FORUM Gallery at Jamestown Community College, Jamestown, New York, February 1996.