Lillian Elaine Wilson was born in 1963, and grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. She was raised by New Yorkers, a mother, who is an accomplished poet, and a father, who was a photographer. It is no wonder she would end up with a strong interest in the visual arts. In 1986, she graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities, with a major in photography. In 1989, after working for three years with one of the top portrait photographers in Indianapolis, Gary Yohler, she moved to California to further pursue her career as a photographer.
Her journey over the past 20 years has been a diverse one. She has held such positions as The Kodak Professional Account Executive of Greater Los Angeles; the Technical Film Sales Supervisor at Calumet Photographic, Hollywood; and the Assistant Producer to Celebrity and Beauty Photographer, Charles William Bush; and then spent 4 years working in the Stock Photography industry. Since 2005, she works for The J. Paul Getty Trust; there she is the Senior Staff Assistant to the Manager of Imaging Services. The Department of Imaging Services is responsible for photographing all the art for the Getty Center and Villa. Working at the Museum, surrounded by some of the world's greatest art, and a network of creative people, affords her opportunities to grow as an artist through curatorial portfolio review, and participation in staff events such as the "Getty Underground Exhibition." This year, Lillian was assigned to a special on-going project that entails digitally documenting the entire Department of Photographs archive of approximately 150,000 photographs.
As to her art, her interests continue as a Portrait Photographer, but more so, her concentration is in Street Photography. Over the years her photographs have been exhibited in such places as "The Photo L.A. Fine Art Convention," and " The Focus On Aids Auction" (9 thru 11). Recent awards include Professional Division Honorable Mentions "International Photography Awards" granted in 2004, 2005, and 2008; "B&W Magazine" Single Image Contest Silver Award in 2005. In 2007, her street series, "Life Stop 217" was featured in "Focus, Fine Art Photography Magazine," as well as, exhibited at Farmani Gallery, Beverly Hills. Also, in 2008, she won an honorable mention in the International Contest "PX3 Prix De La Photographie Paris, Human Conditions Competition," for both a single image, and her series "Life Stop 217". Further in 2008, three of her Getty Center grounds photographs were accepted for print in a Getty publication called "Inside The Getty."
Additionally, for a couple of years, Wilson has been writing poetry. Her poem, "Leaving Mother" was published in 2007 in an anthology of contemporary American women poets, "The Movable Nest" published by Helicon Nine Editions. In May of 2009, her poem "Thyroidectomy," will be published, in "Thyroid," an indispensable, peer-reviewed journal for clinicians, clinical investigators, and basic scientists in thyroid research, as well as molecular endocrinologists, cell biologists, pharmacologists, biochemists, and all those who want to be kept up to date on the latest research in laboratory diagnostics. This is the first time a poem has been invited for review, and publication into the journal.
She continues to seek representation, exhibition, and publication opportunities.
Contour Photos (NYC) a part of Media Vast/ Getty Images, and Jupiter Images (CA) represent Wilson's stock photography. Her art photographs have been published with; Autumn House Press, Barnwood Press, BkMk Press, B&W Magazine, The Dallas Observer, The Flying Island, Focus Fine Art Photography Magazine, Getty Publications, Helicon Nine Editions, Hot Water Press, The Long Beach Museum Foundation Report, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., Melcher Media Inc., The Pennsylvania Lawyer Magazine, Psychology Today Magazine, University of Arkansas Press, and Writers' Forum.