Joe Wyatt
Published September 27, 2019

Portraits of people from Denton, Texas, which fourth-generation photographer Byrd Williams IV has collectively dubbed The Walking Dead, will be featured in an exhibit from Oct. 7 to Nov. 13 at Amarillo College’s Southern Light Gallery.

WalkingDeadINThe gallery is located on the first floor of the Ware Student Commons on AC’s Washington Street Campus, and the exhibit is free and open to the public.

“For me, photography is about death,” says Williams, whose photographs for this exhibit are made with an 12x20” view camera and processed with gold chloride to promote longevity. “Maybe photographs are as close to a physical existence of the past that we will ever get.”


Williams is archivist along with being the fourth generation of Texas photographers who for more than 120 years have made photographic observations of their world.


“I have entire lives in a single file folder,” the artist states.


Williams, also an artist and writer, has work in several international museums. He completed a master of fine arts degree at Southern Methodist University and teaches and is working on a 300,000-image archive at University of North Texas.


Recipient of the William E. Jary Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to historical documentation, Williams’ work is contained in numerous collections, from the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston to the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.


One body of work, made before he was 10 years old, is included in the photographic collection of the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth.


For more information about the Byrd Williams IV photo exhibit or the Southern Light Gallery, please contact René West, assistant professor of photography, at or 806-345-5654.