Two times per week, a visit to William Giles’ photography show Transformations at the Monterey Museum of Art is extra special.
On Monday and Thursday afternoons, the artist himself, now 87 and living in Marina, accompanies visitors, answering questions and sharing anecdotes from his long artistic journey.
That’s the case on Thursday, Aug. 5, when a group of 10 photographers from San Diego arrive to meet with Giles and get a copy of his book (a collection of photographs titled Mother of Pearls) signed before they venture out “to photograph down [the] coast,” says the loudest and the most excited member of the group.
Giles continues moving slowly from room to room alongside Ken Parker, his longtime assistant (and a fine art photographer in his own right).
“And here we have the five-year-long New York period,” Parker says. “Here we can see his resilience. No landscape. No darkroom. No