Mike Williams was born in 1970 at Fort Rucker Army Base in Alabama. The military bases where he grew up are approximations of small American towns; self-contained government versions of suburban living permeated by warfare readiness. This slippage has informed his study of uniquely American realities where he developed an enigmatic and darkly humorous brand of snapshot photography that ranges across various photographic modes from the vernacular to the documentary in an exploration of the paradoxical and overlapping complexities of the medium.
Central to his approach is asserting a semiotics of photography and language, specifically through sequencing and visual puns. His work was included in Snapshot, organized by the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore and was exhibited at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield, Connecticut. His photographic sequence, Inherent Vice, was exhibited as part of Modernity and its Discontents at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and his self-published book, Camera Infractus, is in the collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art Library.