William Arnold is a visual artist and historian whose work crosses photographic genres of documentary and fine art, often seeking new ways to chemically challenge the medium and recalling the early experiments of the first photographic pioneers. His compositions, seek to explore aspects of temporality, the physical qualities of light and the role played by process in current debates surrounding the materiality of photography and the perceived authority of the photograph as historical or scientific document.

William lives and works in Cornwall, UK.


Vignette Awards 2013 (shortlist)
Peaches & Cream III - 2013 (Shortlist)
Ideas Tap Photographic Award in association with Magnum Photos – Finalist and Conceptual Category Winner (2011)


MA Photography and the Land (University of Plymouth 2014)
BA (hons) History (University of Lancaster 2004)

Recent Exhibitions & Academic Symposia :

LAPC at Silverprint, London (Invited speaker)
London Pinhole Festival - curated group show - Doomed Gallery, Dalston

MAKING TIME: New Photographic Constructions - Penwith Society Gallery, St. Ives - co-curator and exhibitor
PHOTOMASTERS - Old Truman Brewery, London
Beyond The Camera - Pingyao International Photography Festival, China
Nocturnal - University of Plymouth - Land Water & Visual Arts Symposium - invited film screening
London Pinhole Festival - curated group show - Doomed Gallery, Dalston
'I' - (PASSING THROUGH THE VEIL OF SOLITUDE) Truro, curated by Millennium Contemporary Fine Art. St. Ives

Vignette Awards Show, Bristol
Peaches & Cream III, DreamSpace, London (October)
Royal Photographic Society - 156th Annual International Print Exhibition
Photography & The Expedition - Invited Speaker (University of Plymouth)

Cornwall Film Festival
Silverprint, London
Hand, ‘Untitled Falmouth – An Exhibition of Unintentional Art’
Magnum Photos, London – IdeasTap Photographic Award

Photomonth – Old Truman Brewery, London (October 2011)