Francis A. Willey (born July 21st, 1969) is a Canadian self taught, traditional 35mm film photographer, poet and pianist.
On February 15th, 2011, he lost a tremendous amount to a tragic house fire destroying his home and his art and photographic negatives. The flames took his 35mm film camera, darkroom, typewriter and poetry and his worldly possessions. The greatest loss from the fire was his cat Poem. Some of the images in these galleries are what remained from the devastation of that day.
Now new art rises from the ashes.
He has exhibited in NYC, Los Angeles, Berlin, Paris and Italy.
His photographs are in the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography and have been included in the National Gallery of London archives.
One of his photographic books Ghost was awarded the 3rd place prize at the PX3 in Paris for Fine Art Book.
His iconic image 'Blindness' has had a profound political and social commentary, through many interpretations and appropriationism. By deliberate "borrowing". This photograph has had re-interpretations in a multitude of languages, social, political and religious contexts and ideologies and memes. Also has been used for medical, psychological and surgical papers on the subject of blindness or physical blindness. As a defining cultural image to various blogs, educational papers or been a companion to poetry, verse and novels and theatrical and dance productions. Blindness is used to represent many facets of life as an iconic symbol for freedom. Blindness has been graffitied on delivery trucks, walls, painted, re-drawn, sketched, collaged and juxtaposed with text and is continuously re-interpreted and appropriated and recontextualized.
Willey feels it is very important to bridge all cultures and build a better compassion for all cultures by creating art to break down walls and open up a deeper dialogue.
Blindness was exhibited at Rush Arts Gallery in New York City as apart of the ETHICS AND JUSTICE Exhibition Curated by Julie Ashcraft in May 2014.
His work has been exhibited, published and awarded internationally.