Practice: Author and Curator
Date of Lecture: 1998-10-30
In 1972, William A. Ewing established Optica in Montreal, Quebec in order to raise the profile of photography in the city as well as throughout the country. He has since gone on to become the director of the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland. His curatorial projects have toured internationally to venues that include the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Montreal, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.
In addition, Ewing is the author of over ten books on various aspects of the history of photography. His topics have ranged from fashion to dance and also to flowers, including monographs on Erwin Blumenfeld and Lois Greenfield. Ewing is also the author of The Body: Photographs of the Human Form (1994), one of the best selling photo book of all time, as well as more recent books Love and Desire: Photoworks (1999) and The Century of the Body: 100 Photoworks 1900-2000 (2000).