Photography Series: Kristina Williamson

Brian Sokol at the Half King
Kristina Williamson / One Year on Kythera

           Opening night talk & book signing
           Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 7:30 PM

Please join us November 17, when American photographer Kristina Williamson will share her project One Year on Kythera, about a small Greek island whose population, 13,000 at the start of the 20th century, numbers 3,100 now. 

Funded with a Fullbright grant, Kristina lived and worked among Kytherians for over a year. Her goal was to learn how emigration, modernization, and globalization have affected its tightly knit community. As she evolved from stranger in a mythic land to neutral participant in lively, small village life (replete with small-town rivalries), her pictures transformed too.

By the end of her stay, she had gained and given trust with Kythera's inhabitants, and created images rich in narrative, color, and emotion. Not least, she formulated the questions that wound up defining her endeavor, among them: When entire villages are abandoned, how do the island's inhabitants absorb their past? How does the local endure in the age of the global? What other kinds of pressures and vacuums occur against such a backdrop of depopulation? "The small towns of the world (like Kythera and my hometown in PA), those yet to be trampled by global brands or overrun by international capital, are more alike than we think."

The opening will feature a slideshow and discussion with Kristina, led by Anna Van Lenten, curator of The Half King Photography Series. Copies of her book, One Year on Kythera, will be available for sale. One Year on Kythera was awarded third place for Best Documentary Photography Book at the International Photography Awards. 

KRISTINA WILLIAMSON is an American artist born in Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania in 1980. She holds a BFA in photography from Parsons The New School for Design in New York and was awarded a Fulbright grant to photograph life on the Greek island of Kythera. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions in Greece, New York, and Washington, D.C., as well as various group exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad. In 2014 she published her first monograph of photography entitled One Year on Kythera. Her work has also appeared in Parkett, Photo District News, VICE Magazine, Washington Post Magazine, among others. Williamson currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

The Half King Photography Series is dedicated to showing exceptional photography. In tandem with its reading series, The Half King fosters a dialog between photographers and writers that underscores the importance of their unique relationship. Co-curating its photography series are James Price, Assignments Editor at Getty Reportage, and Anna Van Lenten, writer and editor.

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