2016 / Fine Art
In 2015 Baltimore lost more than 340 lives to violence. Its per capita homicide
rate was among the highest in the United States, on par with cities like Chicago.
Some of the killed were shot. Most were African American. But this is not the
sum of the problem facing American cities, rather tragic traits of a crisis. At
the root is a complex web of special interests and historical legacies. It is systemic
racial and economic inequality, an abundance of firearms, a failed war
While Baltimore has some of the strictest gun laws in the country, Marylandâ€™s
neighbors are some of the most laxed when it comes to regulation. The port
city has always been an important node in international drug traficking operations
given its strategic location along the Atlantic coast. After the ports closed
many were left under or unemployed fueling both addiction and trafficking.
Freddie Grayâ€™s death brought increased attention to police brutality, as a result
many in Baltimore say the police went on an unofficial strike. Response time
increased dramatically and community-police relations reached an all time
All of this is true and yet in an election year few are offering concrete plans to
address these institional causes of the current crisis.
To focus our gaze, Iâ€™ve photographed landscapes. The photos are of addresses
listed as the crime scene. They are not necessarily photos of where the actual
violence occurred. They are empty spaces, meditations on lost spirits.
*project based on Baltimore Sunâ€™s ongoing Homicide Data Mapping
As a journalist William is guided by the belief that journalism’s role is to “hold truth(s) to power”. As a photographer William searches for stories that add nuance and complexity to public discourse. His work seeks to challenge reductionist narratives that maintain the status quo.2011- Co-Founded Fractures Photo Collective as a platform to promote documentary photography and as an alternative business model to traditional agencies.2014- Co-Created the Voizes Archive, an online census of the international incarceration experience.