William E. Jones is an artist, filmmaker, and writer born in Ohio and now living in Los Angeles. He has made the experimental films Massillon (1991) and Finished (1997), the documentary Is It Really So Strange? (2004), videos including The Fall of Communism as Seen in Gay Pornography (1998), and many other moving image works. His most recent film, Fall into Ruin, concerns the art dealer and collector Alexander Iolas (1907-1987) and his abandoned house in Athens.
Jones’s work has been the subject of retrospectives at Tate Modern, London (2005); Anthology Film Archives, New York (2010); Austrian Film Museum, Vienna, and Oberhausen Short Film Festival (2011). He participated in the Whitney Biennials of 1993 and 2008, and in the 2009 Venice Biennale.
Jones has published the following books: Is It Really So Strange? (2006), Tearoom (2008), Heliogabalus (2009), Selections from The Anatomy of Melancholy by Robert Burton (2009),“Killed”: Rejected Images of the Farm Security Administration (2010), Halsted Plays Himself (2011), Between Artists: Thom Andersen and William E. Jones (2013), Imitation of Christ, named one of the best photo books of 2013 by Time magazine, Flesh and the Cosmos (2014), and True Homosexual Experiences: Boyd McDonald and Straight to Hell (2016).