Mike Williams was born in 1970 at Fort Rucker Army Base in Alabama. The military bases where he grew up are approximations of self contained American towns; fully functioning government versions of suburban living permeated by war readiness. This slippage has informed his study of uniquely American realities. Williams earned a Master's Degree studying with William Jenkins at Arizona State University in 2003 where he developed an enigmatic and darkly humorous brand of snapshot photography that ranges across various photographic modes from the vernacular to the documentary in an effort to upend the scientific realism of photography and in an exploration of the paradoxical and overlapping complexities of the medium.
Williams' work has been exhibited at The Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield, Connecticut, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and the Cleveland Museum of Art Library.