Artist Claire Newman-Williams was born and raised in England and moved to America in 1988 where she worked primarily as a portrait photographer. Also known for photographing actors, her work appeared in numerous national and international publications including Time Magazine, The New York Times and The Advocate. Claire Newman-Williams returned to the UK in 2005.
After 20 years of working as a commercial and editorial photographer Claire Newman-Williams had become disenchanted by the hours spent sitting in front of a computer tweaking digital files and making people look pretty. She wanted her work to reflect more of her life. It has been said that creativity can simply be the process of learning about ourselves and for Claire Newman-Williams, the change that led to being an artist was when she stopped looking for things to photograph that could be “fine art” images and started looking instead for emotions and memories, feelings and thoughts she wanted to express.
Claire Newman-Williams began by combining her own photographs with text and the inscriptions that other generations have left behind in old books to build a story using layers of recalled experience and nostalgia. These images collected in the project named “Strata” were printed on a textured Japanese paper and then mounted on antique book covers.
This process of layering evolved into the assemblage work she is currently working on.