When events happen in Seattle’s Black community, they don’t happen without being documented. For several decades Keith A. Williams has been an unofficial documentarian of the life and times of the Central District.
His vast collection of archival photos offers memorial glimpses into Seattle’s Black community history. Remember Ernett’s club? What about Lloyd’s Rocket or Singletary’s service station? The Black Community festival, Juneteenth parades, and The Facts Newspaper truck that sat atop the building on MLK and Cherry for decades? Keith’s photographic captures jog our memory. Through his eyes, we see the beauty and complexity of an evolving Black community in Seattle.
As a photographer, Keith has been the principal at Flyright Productions, LLC, and has provided an array of services; from headshots, family portraits, model portfolios, construction phases, and of course event photos.
A graduate of the Evergreen State College, Keith’s love for the art of photography has led to his work being engaged by Sound Transit, the City of Seattle, Turner Construction, the University of Washington, and Seattle University. Keith was the first Black photographer to be contracted by Seattle Public Schools.
Keith is currently working on a book of his photography and while we patiently await the opportunity to adorn our coffee tables with his photography, we have had the delight and pleasure to co-create with Keith a limited edition 2023 calendar, Through the Eyes of Flyright: Reflections From Seattle’s Central District.
Keith A. Williams, we are so grateful for your care in capturing the images that mark a bit of our Central District history. Calendars are available exclusively at ARTE NOIR, in-person sales only, while they last!