The work of William James Broadhurst

July 09, 2014

\William James Broadhurst is a twenty-three-year-old Melbourne photographer whose gorgeously detailed photographs border on cinematic. Playing with soft, natural light, wide-open spaces, and suburban characters, Broadhurst’s work bears a likeness to Gregory Crewdson. Yet unlike Crewdson’s highly staged photographs, it seems that Broadhurst has a gift for capturing life as it unfolds. The photographs feel largely documentary, but the handling of the composition and delicate saturation evoke the understanding that these subjects are deeply cared for and considered by the artist. Broadhurst’s work contains a collective sense of calm that sets his photographs apart, and at only 23, he’s certainly one to watch.  

text by Maddie Maschger