Log in to post comments Academic Area Photography Degree MFA Year Graduated 2019 Website williammajorphotographs.com William Major hails from the mountains of east Tennessee. He attended the small liberal arts school, Milligan College, and graduated in 2015 with a bachelor of arts in photography and humanities. Major has shown his work across the southeast as well as exhibiting in New York City. He has been featured in Ain't Bad Magazine, Southern Glossary, and is part of the permanent collection of Looking at Appalachia. Major is primarily a documentary photographer that explores the idiosyncrasies of southern culture and fringe groups. Major also experiments with the mediums of video and sound. Major currently explores varying performances and unique talents through portraiture and video. As a graduate student, he worked with wrestlers, contortionists, circus performers, singers, dancers, and a host of other performers. He explores the motivation behind these performances - where validation, recognition, and exposure are generally key. Spectacle is an important part to this research, as well as subverting its coded language. Major has also delved into Christian iconography in Appalachia and the greater southeast, family history, storytelling, and bringing his love for music into his artistic craft.