William Mebane

William works as a photographer on fine-art, commercial and editorial projects. He is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and Bloomberg Businessweek. A recipient of a  J. William Fulbright Fellowship, his work has been exhibited both in the states and abroad. In 2014 he and Martin Hyers published their collaborative monograph, EMPIRE, with the  Museum of Contemporary Photography and Daylight Books. His latest book, Mental Hygiene, was published by Newest York. William lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, Martha, and their two boys. 

Magazine Work

The New York Times Magazine 

The New Yorker

Bloomberg Business Week


ESPN, The Magazine


Vanity Fair


TinyVices / Milk Studio

New York Magazine

W Magazine

Dear Dave Magazine 

O, The Oprah Magazine

Real Simple

Fast Company


The New York Times


Bloomberg Markets

Selected Clients


Dovetail Health / Hill Holliday

Eileen Fisher / Bone and Black

Fabrica 718

John A. Hartford Foundation / Battershall Design


Merge Records

MZ Wallace

Newcastle Beer / Droga 5

Next Step Partners / McKesson, Hizam Design

Otto International

San Francisco Conservatory of Music


Spacecraft Design

The Children’s Place



San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA, MFA, Photography, May 2002

University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, BA, Anthropology, May 1995

Fellowships / Awards           

Baum Award for Emerging American Photographers, Finalist Nominee, 2011

Photo District News, 30 Emerging Photographers Award, 2005

Santa Fe Center For Photography, Project Competition Finalist, 2005

J. William Fulbright Fellowship, Kathmandu, Nepal 2002-2003

San Francisco Art Institute, Merit Fellowship for Graduate Studies, 2000-2002

 Selected Exhibitions

Inventing Downtown, The Uranian Phalanstery, Printed Matter, NY, NY 2017 

MoCP at 40: Selected works from the Permanent Collection, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL 2016 (Group) 

Both Sides of Sunset: Photographing Los Angeles, Paris Photo, LA, CA 2015

Lit, Albany International Airport Gallery, 2015 (Solo) 

Homespun, Albany Public Library, Albany, NY, Curator: Judie Gilmore 2014

Slaves of  Mimesis: Ten Years on 23rd St., Steven Kasher Gallery, New York, NY 2014

Rising Waters: Photographs of Hurricane Sandy, International Center of Photography / Museum of the City of New York, New York, NY, 2013

UNSEEN Photo Fair Amsterdam, FOAM (Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam), Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2013 

EMPIRE, May Gallery, Webster University, St. Louis, MO, 2013 (Forthcoming Solo)

The Insides: Artists and the Home, Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL, 2013 (Forthcoming Group)

Looking at the Land, Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, Providence Rhode Island, 2012 (Group)

Peripheral View: States of America, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL, Curator: Karen Irvine 2012 (Group)

Lishui Photography Festival, Lishui, China. Curator: Karen Irvine, 2011 (Invitational)

New York Photography FestivalThe City Made Me Do It, Brooklyn, NY 2010, Curator: Sophie Morner, 2011 (invitational)

Humble Arts Foundation New Art Photography Vol. 2, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY, 2011

TINYVICES: NEW WORK, NEW YORK, Levi’s Photo Workshop, New York, NY, Curator: Tim Barber, 2010 (invitational)

Scope, Humble Arts, Basel, Switzerland, Curator: Amani Olu, 2010 (invitational)

Between the Bricks and the Blood: Transgressive Typologies, Steven Kasher Gallery, New York, NY 2010 (invitational)

‘Tis of Thee, Los Angeles Month of Photography Festival, Los Angeles, CA, Curator: Jessie Cowan, 2009 (Invitational)

What Makes You So Special, Capricious Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY Curator: Mark Jacobsen, 2008 (Invitational)

New York Photography FestivalVarious Photographs, Brooklyn, NY

Curator: Tim Barber, 2008 (Invitational)

In Nepal, Jackson Center for the Arts, Jackson Hole, WY, 2008 (Solo)

Photo New YorkSFAI Alumni Show, Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, NY, 2005 (Invitational)

In Nepal, Atrium Gallery, Simon’s Rock College of Bard College, Great Barrington, MA  2005 (Solo)

Nepal: Photographs by William Mebane and Linda Connor, University Art Gallery, The Richard Stockton College, Pomona, NJ 2004  (two person)

In Nepal,  Angie Newman Johnson Gallery,  Ainslie Art Center, Alexandria, VA 2003 (solo)

In Nepal, Siddhartha Gallery for Contemporary Art, Kathmandu, Nepal 2003 (solo)

Interior Spaces: Public and Private, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2002 (solo)

Crossing Bridges, recent work by San Francisco Art Institute faculty and graduate students, CBS Marketwatch, San Francisco, CA. Curator: Richard Berger, 2002 (invitational)

Portraits: Boarding School, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA  2001 (solo)

Don’t Ever Change, Picturing High School, Tuttle Gallery, McDonough School, MD. Curator: Susan Hayman, 2001 (invitational)

Young Photographers United, Capco International Exhibition, Capco. Tokyo, Japan, 2001 (invitational)

Vivid: Juried Exhibition, SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA. Jurors: Kevin Chen, Marnie Gillett, Michael Shapiro, Rose Shashana, 2001

Beneath the Surface, Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, WA. Juror: Chien-Chi Chang. Honorable mention. 2001

Recent Work, Artists’ Television Access Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2001



Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, Il

John and Sue Wieland Collection

Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Photography Collection, Akron, OH

Fulbright Commission, Kathmandu, Nepal

San Francisco Art Institute Library, Special Collections

Artist Lectures / Visiting Artist

Webster University, St. Louis, MO. Visiting Artist, September 2013

Parsons, New York, NY. Visiting Artist, October 2012

Museum of Contemporary Photography, September 2012

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. Visiting Lecturer, Spring Semester 2012

Parsons, New York, NY. Visiting Artist, October, 2011

San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA. Visiting Artist, January 2011

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. Visiting Lecturer, Fall Semester 2010

San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA. Visiting Artist, November 2010

University of Missouri, Columbia, MO. Artist Lecture, November 2010

Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA. Artist Lecture, March 2010

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. Artist Lecture, March 2009

Bowling Green State University, Columbus, Ohio. Artist Lecture, February 2008

Jackson Center for the Arts, Jackson Hole, WY. Artist Lecture, February 2008

New York University, New York, NY. Visiting Artist, September 2006

International Center of Photography, New York, NY. Visiting Artist, October 2005

Simon’s Rock College of Bard College, Great Barrington, MA. Artist Lecture, February 2005

University Art Gallery, The Richard Stockton College, Pomona, NJ. Artist Lecture, October 2004

San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA, Visiting Artist, October 2004

Halsey Gallery, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC. Artist Lecture, August 2004

University of Charleston, WV. Artist Lecture, September 2003

Ainslie Art Center, Episcopal High School, Alexandria, VA. Artist Lecture, October 2003

Selected Publications

Adbusters, America, Volume 20, Number 2, Issue #100, 2012

The Collector’s Guide to New Art Photography Vol. 2, Humble Arts Foundation, New York, NY, 2011

Capricious Magazine, Issue #12, 2011

Dear Dave, The Swimsuit Issue, Volume 3, Issue 9, 2011

Adbusters, American Autumn, Volume 19, Number 6, Issue # 98, November 2011

Out Here in Kathmandu, essays by Mark Liechty, photographs by William Mebane; Martin Chautari Press, Kathmandu, Nepal, 2010

The New York Times Magazine, “More Than One Way to Take Over a Bank,” David Leonhart, 2 February 2009.

The New York Times Magazine , “Don’t Look Back: Why Obama is not FDR or Kennedy or Lincoln or History,” Matt Bai, 1 February 2009.

The New York Times Magazine,  “First Nation; McCain and Obama Both Say America Should Lead the World,” Christopher Caldwell, 1 June, 2008.

The New York Times Magazine , “Marriage Partners: What Heterosexuals Can Do on Behalf of Gays Who Want to Marry,” Kenji Yoshino, 1 June, 2008.

Various Photographs, Photographs by Various Photographers, edited by Tim Barber; TV Books, New York, NY, 2008


Albany Times Union, Amy Griffin, "No Place Like Home," 14 May 2014

Wallpaper, James Reid, “Emerging Talent at Amsterdam’s Unseen Photo Fair 2013,”  9 October 2013.

The Guardian, Sean O’Hagan, “A window on weird: step inside the Unseen Photo fair in Amsterdam,” 2 October 2013.

Feature Shoot, Villeburg: A Carefully Arranged Photographic Collection of Randomness,” Matthew Leifheit, 1 May 2013

Time Magazine Lightbox, “A Major Case of ‘the Mondays’: Photographs of Office Life,” Myles Little, 24 April 2013

Chicago Tribune, “Other Visions of Home at Elmhurst Art Museum,” Lori Waxman, 06 March 2013

THE NPR PICTURE SHOW, What's The Landscape Of Modern Landscape Photography? Claire O’Neill, 13, November 2012

Fototazo, "Looking at the Land," Kevin Thrasher, 11 November 2012

American Photo, “ ‘Looking at the Land,’ a Digital Survey of 21st Century Landscape Photography,” John Mahoney, 2 October 2012.

Time Magazine Lightbox, “Looking at the Land from the Comfort of Home,” Paul Moakley, 26 September 2012.

PHOTO/arts Magazine, “Looking at the Land: 21st Century American Views,” Christopher H. Paquette, September 2012

Chicago Reader “United, divided, or indefinable? ‘Peripheral Views: States of America’ at the MOCP,” Allegra Kirkland, July 24, 2012.

Time Out Chicago, “MoCP Journeys Through the Landscape of the American Psyche,” Franck Mercurio, July 2012.

La Lettre de la Photographie, “Hyers + Mebane Empire, “ Severine Morel, 21 June, 2012.

Fototazo,  “Martin Hyers and William Mebane,” Kevin Thrasher, 2 March, 2012.

Lenscratch, “William Mebane,” Aline Smithson, 4 May, 2011.

The New Yorker, Goings on About Town, Between The Bricks and the Blood, 3 May 2010

The New York Times, “New York Photo Festival,” Ken Johnson, 16 May, 2008.

Exhibition Catalogue, “Conditions of Modernity,” Stranger in Nepal, Mark Liechty, 7 November 2003.

The Greenville News, “Emerging Nepal”, John C. Stephenson, 3 August 2003

Kathmandu Post,“Saddhu with his Jeep, near Mugling,” Yuyutsu RD Sharma, 22 June 2003

Nepali Times, “Being Seen,” 13-19, Wayne Amtzis, June 2003, Number 149, 17.

Kathmandu Post,  “Nepal’s Changing Mores,” Yuyutsu RD Sharma, 4 June 2003, 12.

Bay Area Reporter, “Truth and Illusion,” Will Shank, 9 February 2001.

Peekreview, “Best Baltimore Exhibitions, Don’t Ever Change, Picturing High School” 10 October 2001.