William Clift, American (b. 1944) At the age of fifteen, Boston-born William Clift took his first photography workshop with Paul Caponigro. With Walter Chappell and Caponigro, Clift became a charter member of the Association of Heliographers, New York, which supported photographers concerned with expressing experience or ideas beyond the factual documentation of scenes and occurrences. In 1970, Clift was commissioned by the Massachusettes Council on the Arts to photograph the vacant Boston City Hall, a project in which he strove to capture the latent presence of its former occupants. His other projects included documenting the nation’s courthouses, the New York State Capitol in Albany, and the Hudson River Valley. He also is known for his New Mexico landscapes and images of Mont Saint Michel.