Clay Williams

Brooklyn, NY USA

Professional Experience

I photograph food, in context. Long before a meal has made it to the table, it's been in the kitchen, in a market, a butcher shop, a farm. It's been cured or braised or sauteed or roasted. With my photography, I try to document the parts of the process that a diner doesn't get to see. In the several years since I began shooting professionally, my photos of restaurants and kitchens and markets and butchers and farmers have appeared in Edible Brooklyn, Travel + Leisure and the New York Times, among other print and digital publications.


8 Years
10 Years
Social Media
7 Years


9 Years
6 Years
4 Years


Magazine - Large Consumer/National magazines
12 Years
Magazine - Local/Regional magazines
6 Years
Online/new media
10 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

10 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Edible Brooklyn/Manhattan (10+), Zagat (10+), Midtown Lunch (6-10), Serious Eats (6-10), Travel + Leisure (3-5), Edible Jersey (3-5), Gothamist (10+), MacLean's (1-2), Bon Appetit (1-2), Food Republic (1-2), New York Times (1-2), Everyday with Rachel Ray (1-2), Wine Spectator (1-2)

Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Delaney Barbecue (10+), ScoutMob (10+), Digital Dumbo (6-10), James Beard Foundation (10+), FareTrade (3-5), First Press PR (3-5), Google+ Local (3-5), Brooklyn Academy of Music (3-5), Brooklyn Bowl (3-5), Street Vendor Project - Vendy Awards (3-5), StarChefs (3-5), Cookbook Create (1-2), Brooklyn Botanic Gardens (1-2), LinkedIn (3-5), New York Tech Meetup (1-2)

Foreign Language Skills

Moderate Spanish

Computer Skills

Photo Mechanic, Mac OS X, Aperture,


Macbook Pro, Canon 5D Mark II, EF 24-70 f/2.8, EF 50mm f/1.2, EF 100mm Macro f/2.8, Speedlite 580EX II

Work Permits & Visas

US Citizen


Available upon request.


Published Photos

Round up of burgers around New York City.
Photos from Edible Brooklyn's Good Beer event at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Documenting the action in the kitchen at Cafe China, a new Shanghai-style restaurant in Tribeca.
Photos essay of a Persian New Year celebration in Brooklyn.
Photos of John & Anthony Belliveau-Flores of Rowan Imports.
Photos of EDWRR Editor in Chief, Lauren Purcell at the Philadelphia Vendy Awards.
I photographed Michelin-starred chef, David Kinch demonstrating how to make the savory beignets he serves at Manresa.
Photo of Soup dumplings with black truffles at RedFarm.
A feature spread inspired in part by my personal photo project, Food/Work in which I've been photographing the behind the scenes work that goes into our food.
Photos at a private dinner party cooked by a chef found via Kitchensurfing.
Photographed students from a Harlem grade school being taught about local and sustainable food at Sweetgreens salad bar.
A first look at The River Cafe after it reopened post-Sandy.

Event Photography

Photographed the team from Portuguese-American restaurant Louro at the James Beard House.
In the kitchen at a collaborative feast using pork from Woodlands Pork and Fossil Farms. Chefs from 6 states prepared courses for this 7 course meal.
In the kitchen with Jason Weiner and the team from L&W Oyster Co. and Almond.
In the kitchen with Manuel Berganza of Andanada.
In the kitchen with Stephen Barber and the staff of Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch.
In the kitchen at the James Beard House with Allen Routt of The Painted Lady from Newberg, Oregon.
Photographed teachers, students and graduates from Apicius International School of Hospitality at Florence University of the Arts in Florence, Italy prepared a lunch at the James Beard House.
Event photos from pop up supper club, Midnight Brunch.

Photo Writing

A collection of tips and tricks for amateur food photographers to make better photographs of their food in restaurants.


Photographed food truck in Mill Basin, Brooklyn for the Hungry City column for the New York Times.