Clay Williams


Years of Participation


Clay Williams photographs food, drinks, and the people and places that define food culture. Over the last 15 years his adventures have taken him on road trips through Argentina and South Louisiana and found him hanging off the back of food trucks from Paris to The Bronx or sweating it out in tight kitchens with Michelin-starred chefs.

Over the last few years, he's documented how the pandemic has impacted the people, restaurants, and communities throughout New York for The New York Times, Bloomberg, and The Wall Street Journal. Most recently, Clay's work has allowed him to photograph the food and stories of James Beard Rising Star Chef Kwame Onwuachi and Gullah Matriarch Ms. Emily Meggett, whose cookbooks were released in Spring of 2022.

Clay is also the co-founder of Black Food Folks, a platform for Black professionals working in food, food service and food media. The group has provided space for members to meet, collaborate, and share their stories.