David Williams was born in Edinburgh in 1952. He studied at Stirling University from 1969 to 1973 and worked as a photographic assistant from 1979 to 1981. He was a musician and composer before becoming a photographer. He has participated in a number of exhibitions worldwide and has had several solo shows including one at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. He became Head of Photography at Edinburgh College of Art in 1990 and was appointed Reader in 2003. He retired from ECA in 2017 and continues to make lens-based work, much of it informed by the notion of nonduality. Over recent years, he has undertaken a variety of projects in Japan.