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William Brooks Clift, III, American photographer. National Endowment for Arts photography fellow, 1972, 79; Guggenheim fellow, 1974, 80, New Mexico Governor's Excellence in The Arts award, 1987.


III, William Brooks Clift, was born on January 5, 1944 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Son of William Brooks C. and Anne (Pearmain) Thomson.


Free lance commercial photographer in partnership with, Steve Gersh under name Helios, 1963-1971;president, William Clift Ltd., Santa Fe, 1980-1985. Consultant Polaroid Corporation, 1965-1967.


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  • Other Work

    • Photographer one-man shows, Carl Siembab Gallery, Boston, 1969, Museum Art, University Oregon, Eugene, 1969, New Boston City Hall Gallery, 1970, University Massachusetts, Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, William College, Addison Gallery of America Art, Wheaton College, Massachusetts, Worcester Art Museum, 1971, Creative Photography Gallery, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1972, St. John's College Art Gallery, Santa Fe, 1973, Wiggin Gallery, Boston Public Library, 1974, Australian Center for Photography, Sydney, 1978, Susan Spiritus Gallery, Newport Beach, California, 1979, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Creative Photography Gallery, 1980, William Lyons Gallery, Coconut Grove, Florida, 1980, Eclipse Gallery, Boulder, Colorado, 1980, Atlanta Gallery of Photography, 1980, Phoenix Art Museum, 1981, Jeb Gallery, Providence, 1981, Portfolio Gallery, 1981, Images Gallery, Cincinnati, 1982, Boston Atheneum, 1983, Bank of Santa Fe, 1984, Susan Harder Gallery, New York City, 1984, Cleveland Art Museum, 1985, Art Institute Chicago, 1987, Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, 1987, Clarence Kennedy Gallery, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1988, Equitable Gallery, New York City, 1993, Vassar College Art Museum, New York, 1994, Vassar College Art Gallery, New York, 1995. Exhibited in group shows Gallery 216, New York, New York Grover Cronin Gallery, Waltham, Massachusetts, 1964, Carl Seimbab Gallery, Boston, 1966, Lassall Junior College, 1967, Hill's Gallery, Santa Fe, Tyler Museum Art, Austin, Texas, Dupree Gallery, Dallas, 1974, Quindacqua Gallery, Washington, 1978, Zabriskie Gallery, Paris, 1978, American Cultural Center, Paris, 1978. Photographer American Telephone & Telegraph Company Project-American Images, 1978, Seagram's Bicentennial Project, Courthouse, 1975-1977, Readers Digest Association Project, 1984, Hudson River Project, 1985-1992.

      Author: Photography Portfolios, Old Boston City Hall, 1971, Photography Portfolios, Courthouse, 1979, Photography Portfolios, New Mexico, 1975, Certain Places, Photographs, 1987, A Hudson Landscape, Photographs, 1993.


Married Vida Regina Chesnulis, August 8, 1970. Children: Charis, Carola, William.

William Brooks C. Thomson

Anne (Pearmain) Thomson

Vida Regina Chesnulis

Charis III

Carola III

William III