William Stafford Photograph Exhibit

From curator Kirsten Rian: “With his camera, Stafford provided a visual to this looking, and perhaps for himself and his own process as a writer, an additional outlet to augment and reflect the play of light and shadow within human nature, within the ways of the world, he wrote about for decades. Like his pen, his camera was never far from his hand--the 16,000 negatives prove that. His camera was then perhaps also a tool, a partner, in the seeking and finding amidst the commotion of life, in the resulting eloquence and wisdom, grace and thoughtfulness of his singular voice.”


Kirsten Rian curated 180 images from the over 16,000 taken by William Stafford to be included in a multimedia exhibit as part of the centennial celebration of Stafford’s vision. From these are images depicting Stafford’s life, family, friends, and literary figures from around the world.