Considered one of the world’s foremost portrait artists, William Branson III named one of the Oustanding Artists of the 20th Century by the International Biographical Center in England, Fuji Photo Film USA, and the Eastman Kodak Company.
William’s Thoughts On The Art1095 Project
As an artist who truly appreciates the work of the Old Masters, it is refreshing to see and artist as talented as David recreate, in today’s world, the beauty of the art that came before us!
I will never forget the first time I met David We were both teaching at Texas School in rooms next to each other and all we could hear in our classroom was hammering coming from his class. I took a break and had to go in and see what in the world was going on! When I walked into the room, I was floored.
I entered into another world as David had created an entire “Old World” room (three walls and a floor) and was posing and lighting a model emulating a famous Old World painting. That was the moment that I fell in love with his portraiture!
Thank you, David, for helping to keep the beauty of, in my opinion, this most classical time of art in front and center of the portrait world today!
William’s Thoughts On David
Having gotten to Know David through the years, I can honestly say that he in the most caring and compassionate man I have ever met. When you are talking to him, you feel that you are the most important person in the world to him.
David is someone who cares about individuals and wants to help them succeed not only in the photography world but their personal world as well.
I have never and probably will never again meet someone like David. My life is fuller because of him.
David’s Thoughts On William
William’s studio portrait work is remarkable and the gold standard. He reminds me of some of the great portrait artists of the 1800’s before the advent of photography. Looking at his work, you see a master painting that you’d never want to take off your wall.
I enjoy his fun sense of humor mixed with sincerity that makes him a one of a kind personality. Over the past couple of years, whenever I’ve had questions, I’ve appreciated how he’s an open book of helpfulness towards myself and others.
Why William Branson III Is A Master Photographer
For over 40+ years, William has dedicated his life to hard work, experimentation and pursuing excellence when creating his portraiture. It is that profound commitment that led to him becoming one of the leading portrait photographers in the world today.
His personal story began as a young boy standing in front of a portrait of a relative in his grandparents home and feeling so close to him without ever knowing him. That’s when his love for Art began, and he understood the impact that felt in the hearts of generations.
It was not my desire to manipulate photography to fit my personal vision, but to use it to express what I see in the world and what I see in the faces of my clients. To record for generations to come, their heritage, their ancestry, their family. For me, photography is one of the greatest and most challenging occupations of all: creating art that has emotional meaning, technical excellence and that, in its truthfulness and beauty, conveys worth to its owners. Each day is a challenge to which I fully devote myself.
Garnering some of the greatest honors professional photography has to offer, his inspiring images led to his earning his Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman degrees from the Professional Photographers of America (PPA). Later he obtained his Fellowship Degree from the American Society of Photographers (ASP) and joined the invitation-only Cameracraftsmen of America. He is a founding member of the International Society of Portrait Artists (ISPA) and the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain selected him to exhibit his works with top artists throughout Europe.
Watch this 4-minute video and see William capture the portrait for Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera in Mexico City, Mexico.
Connect With William Branson III Photography
Visit William’s website to see his beautiful portraits and paintings. Or follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest to see his latest work, learn about upcoming speaking engagements and workshops. His studio is located at 2731 University Dr, Durham, NC 27707.