Articles ~ Interviews

William Abbott

William Abbott (self portrait 2016)

A Few Words About Abbott Abbott has had a love affair with art and photography for more than seventy years. "Abbott's photographic expertise includes architecture, advertising, product catalogs, fashion, photo essays and portraits, including weddings and nude portraiture". Abbott's work has been shown and sold in galleries in the United States, Europe and Japan, garnering several awards in the United States and abroad..

Abbott's art training began in the 1960s with a foundation in Fine Art at the Laguna School of Art and Design (Laguna Beach, CA) then Chouinards Art School (Los Angeles, CA) where the discovery of many different mediums including photography came about. Moved to San Francisco and continued the of study photography at the Academy of Art and the Art Institute (San Francisco, CA) in the 1970s

As Abbott says, "a photographer’s negatives and files are, in a sense, his autobiography. More resides there than one is aware of"… As fragmentary and incomplete as the archaeologist's pot sherds, they can be no less telling.” No matter what the viewer sees, one thing is certain: "Abbott’s photographs are not only documents of his life. but more importantly, they serve as documents of our general existence and the life that surrounds us". Abbott chooses to photograph from his heart, which is very different than working with his head. When he sees a scene that stirs his soul, he photographs it. That is how he has been making images for over forty years, he has come to instinctively see texture, light, and shadow in a value scale as well as the composition - which creates a satisfying photograph to him personally. He’s always glad when it’s well received by others".

"The objective here is to get people to see their surroundings in a different way, and not just by taking a quick look but looking deep into what is there and seeing the subject in more than one way".

Articles & Interviews


Presentation By Sophia Ownes 2019

Sophomore at East Side Hogh School in Taylor's, South Carolina, Interviewed me and
gave this presentation for her final exam in her art class.


fête Magazine Article 2016.

256 Shades of Gray – Cover Artist William Abbott. By Jessy Sega.


Upstream Creators Article 2016

By Sally Gordon Mark, Freelancers: those who swim against the mainstream....


Town Magazine Article 2015

By Sinéad Haughey.


August, 17, 2018
"A POINT OF VIEW" Abbott's book with images from Point Lobos, Death Valley, Salton Sea and Driftwood Beach. The book is a 13" X 17" hardcopy with 60 beautifully printed images on high quality luster paper. Only 50 books will be signed, a litmited run of 250 were be printed. (sold out)


By William Abbott.


Sally Mark:
Abbott's artistry extracts what is meaningful from the ordinary, design from clutter, harmony from chaos. Our eyes are directed to the beauty and symmetry present in what could be seen as ugly and worthless, and through his craftsmanship as a photographer, the clarity of his focus can touch us deeply emotionally.

Sue Evans ~ Harman Technology (Ilford):
The image captured is so tranquil - and moody/atmospheric. It draws me in - and makes me want to be there. I love the subtleness of the soft tones - and love that the image is not busy - but still has great focus points with the mountains, posts, beautiful clouds/sky and the reflections in the sand. Its beautifully printed - as alot of its high key, but you've captured all the highlight detail so well. I love the contrast its printed at too. The way you've framed it and the choice of a black frame - fit together so well.