After studying at LCC and St.Martin’s (both part of London’s University of the Arts), William Eckersley founded Stucco Press in 2006 with fellow photographer Alexander Shields, to print Left London, a 176-page book on London's abandoned and derelict sites. Garnering a positive critical reception – Sarah Kent stated in Time Out “never before has vanity publishing led to such a splendid publication” – it encouraged their working partnership and they finished another project, U.S.80: Exotic Country, in 2010. Their latest publication is Dark City (2011), a four-year collection of Eckersley’s images depicting a de-peopled urban environment at night. Creative Review suggested “there is in fact a whole other world to look at” in the book, while Monocle felt it “shows the empty humanity of England’s vast metropolis at its most vivid and alluring”.
William is based in London. His work has featured in various magazines and websites, including Time Out, Grafik, The Big Issue, British Journal of Photography, Hotshoe, telegraph.co.uk, spectator.co.uk, colorsmagazine.com, socialdocumentary.net, theatlantic.com, Sunday Times Magazine, burnmagazine.org, Aesthetica, guardian.co.uk, positive-magazine.com, nowness.com, Creative Review, wonderlandmagazine.com, f22, Monocle and viewfinder.org. His work is held by public and private collectors including Nike and Sir Elton John.
These photographs are taken from a recently completed body of work, Dark City, that explores the urban environment at night. I hoped to draw a stark contrast with our normal daylight perceptions of a city that, being London, is usually dull, grey and thronging with people. At night, I imagined it as an empty stage, spotlit from multiple angles with different light sources casting garish hues. In this de-peopled twilight zone, I found the buildings and infrastructure seemed isolated from their purpose of serving humanity's needs, thus exposing their genius or folly, beauty or ugliness. I wanted to reveal one the busiest cities in the world - that was undergoing an Olympic building boom at the time - that is never more than a few hours from complete stillness. This selection of shots were all taken under ground, in tunnels or under bridges.
Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London
London College of Communication, University of the Arts London
Environmental Photographer Of The Year, Royal Geographical Society, London, UK.
"Gammelgaard Monchrome" (group), Creative Hinckley, UK.
"Dark City" (solo), Vegas Gallery, London, UK.
"Royal Photographic Society 155th Print Exhibition" (group), Allen & Overy, London, UK.
"Accademia Apulia" (group), The Royal Horseguards, London, UK.
"Renaissance Prize" (group), The Mall Galleries, London, UK.
"Just Because" (group), 2A Bar, East Village, New York, USA.
"Transience" (group), Galerie Huit Open Salon, Arles, France.
"Gammelgaard Monchrome" (group), Gammelgaard, Herlev, Denmark.
"U.S.80: Exotic Country" (solo), Cole Contemporary, London, UK.
Photo London (festival), Old Billingsgate Market, London, UK.
"London Stories" (group), Shoreditch Town Hall, London, UK.
telegraph.co.uk, Environmental Photographer Of The Year: selected images (February 20, 2013)
independent.co.uk – Environmental Photographer Of The Year in pictures (February 20, 2013)
guardian.co.uk – Environmental Photographer Of The Year in pictures (February 21, 2013)
Aesthetica, “Spectral Images Of A Dark City” (Dec/Jan 2012)
Creative Review, “London: The Dark Side” (Jan 2012)
f22, “Silent Nights” (Jan 2012)
wonderlandmagazine.com, “William Eckersley’s Dark City” (January 9, 2012)
Time Out, “Night And The City” (January 26, 2012)
Monocle, Dark City review (Feb 2012)
viewfinder.org.uk, Dark City video (March 6, 2012)
Aesthetica blog, “The Dead Of Night” (June 13, 2012)
letsbebrief.co.uk, Dark City exhibition review (June 26, 2012)
londonist.com, Dark City exhibition review (July 10, 2012)
artlyst.com, Dark City exhibition review (July 14, 2012)
socialdocumentary.net, Myanmar Days feature (July 17, 2012)
Time Out blog, Dark City exhibition review (August 7, 2012)
deepsleep.org.uk, Dark City feature (Autumn 2012)
Sunday Times Magazine, Spectrum (March 3, 2011)
burnmagazine.org, U.S.80 feature (March 4, 2011)
Creative Quarterly, CQ24 Winners (Autumn 2011)
juxtapoz.com, Dark City review (November 6, 2011)
colorsmagazine.com, Dark City feature (November 14, 2011)
it’snicethat.com, Dark City review (November 24, 2011)
guardian.co.uk, Month In Photography (Dec 2011)
positive-magazine.com, Dark City feature (December 16, 2011)
suckerpunchdaily.com, Dark City feature & interview (December 21, 2011)
nowness.com, “William Eckersley’s Silent Night” (December 27, 2011)
whosjack.org, “London At Night” (December 27, 2011)
Time Out, 1000 Things To Do In London, book (2010)
telegraph.co.uk, “U.S.80: A Photographic Road Trip” (September 29, 2010)
spectator.co.uk, “On The Road” (October 13, 2010)
anothermag.com, U.S.80 feature (November 3, 2010)
colorsmagazine.com, U.S.80 feature (November 11, 2010)
socialdocumentary.net, U.S.80 feature (November 20, 2010)
theatlantic.com, “America In One Photo” (November 29, 2010)
positive-magazine.com, U.S.80 feature (December 11, 2010)
Cornerstone, Left London review (Summer 2007)
Time Out, “City Of Ruins”
Grafik, Left London review (Aug 2006)
The Big Issue, “Snapshot” & Left London review
British Journal of Photography, “Dirty Old Town”
Nude, Left London review
Hotshoe, Left London review
Sir Elton John
Simon Whitehead Architects
Robin Monotti Architects
Garland Cornelius Architects
One Fine Stay
Sam Tisdall Architects