“I am showing the underlying strength that energizes and motivates people.
To make this psychic force visible is to illuminate the individual. My curiosity guides me to look through the personality and discover the original quality that exist beneath the surface.”
William B. Brooks has been sharpening his powers of observation since his childhood in Germany.
Twice the recipient of the Photokina Youth Photography Award, William B. Brooks graduated with a BA in photography in Cologne and served an apprenticeship with acclaimed portraitist, August Sander.
Moving to Paris, he photographed fashion and advertising layouts.
In the United States since 1971, William B. Brooks has developed a client list akin to Who’s Who of fashion, fragrance and beauty. Vanity Fair, Sears Roebuck, Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Faberge, Coty, Helena Rubinstein and corporations as diverse as DuPont and Johnson & Johnson have used his perspectives on their products. The pages of Time, Cosmopolitan, Mademoiselle, Montana Living and Spirit Talk Magazine have all reflected his editorial aesthetics.
Sylvester Stallone, Perry King, Henry Winkler “ the Fonz”, Pam Dawber, Susan Blakely, Carol Francis, Lauren Hutton and many other personalities became part of his portfolio.
Since he established residence in Montana he has begun work on his “ Montana Mirror” project, a collection of portraits of ordinary people with non ordinary dreams.
His lifelong fascination with Native American Culture is permitting him to participate in many native ceremonies and expand his appreciation of different cultural lifestyles.
William B. Brooks is not merely the eye behind the camera. His gifts transcend the shutter while continuing to probe beneath the surface. In his paintings and sculpture, William’s incisive gaze never varies.
Also, the pursuits of a wide range of interests that span writing, fencing, sailing, gliding, horses, cooking and eastern philosophy insure his keen instinct for the outer limits of accomplishment.
“My goal,” the artist asserts, “is to record and create sensitive images of people that show their inner feelings, inner desires and moods.” And through a variety of mediums, William B. Brooks focuses unerringly on “observed behavior that can be transformed into recognizable aspects of human experience.”