William Binzen received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, but it was the gift of a Brownie Hawkeye camera at age seven that introduced him to what would become his life's work.
William has produced a variety of portfolios using 8 x 10, medium format and 35mm film; Polaroid, digital and plastic cameras; and sometimes – even now – his Brownie Hawkeye. He was instrumental in helping make art a major focus of Burning Man, bringing his architectonic sculpture, "Desert House," to the playa in 1992, where it served as the predecessor of the Central Camp.
In William's work the decisive moment is often fused with magical realism. The result is imagery that holds the tension between content and style, between factual recording and emotion and metaphor, in perfect balance.
William lives in northern California, where he divides his time between photography and creating layered musical compositions based on improvisation. In addition to his fine art portfolios, he does commissioned, one-of-a-kind panoramic composites for individual collectors and organizations.
To see some examples of commissioned work, please visit BINZEN & WALKER.