Artist talk with William Yang

Join curator Paul McDonald (he/him) in conversation with artist William Yang (he/him).

William Yang is principally known as a photographer exploring issues of cultural and sexual identity, integrating this practice with writing, performance and film.

William Yang was born in North Queensland, his grandparents migrating from China to the Top End in the 1880s. After completing a Bachelor of Architecture at Queensland University he moved to Sydney in 1969 and worked as a freelance photographer documenting Sydney’s social life which included the glamorous, celebrity set and the hedonistic, sub-cultural, gay community.

His first solo exhibition Sydneyphiles in 1977 at the Australian Centre for Photography caused a sensation because of its frank depiction of the Sydney gay and party scene.

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Image: William Yang, Tamarama Lifesavers (detail), 1981, ink jet print

This event may be filmed or photographed. Images may be used on Council websites, publications, social media channels and circulated to the press and other media organisations for publication, transmission or broadcast. If you do not wish your image to be published, please notify staff before the event.

This event is part of the exhibition Unashamed, presented by Willoughby City Council as part of Pride Amplified.

This event is part of Chatswood Culture Bites 2023, Willoughby City Council’s innovative program of music, theatre, comedy and more in Chatswood CBD.


  • Saturday, 04 March 2023 | 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM


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