William Frej has been photographing indigenous people for over forty years while living in Indonesia, Poland, Kazakhstan, Mexico, and Afghanistan, as well as other remote, mountainous regions of Asia, as a career diplomat with the United States Agency for International Development.
His photographic work has been featured in a number of exhibitions at galleries and museums in the United States, Mexico and Europe, including the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, Peters Projects Gallery, Editions One Gallery, and Peyton Wright Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, as well as the Tucson Art Center, The Eye Gallery in San Francisco, the San Francisco Arts Festival, and Galería La Eskalera in Mérida, Mexico. Many of his images of the Maya feature rarely visited, remote sites first documented by Teobert Maler. Frej’s photographs also have been featured in exhibitions in Almaty, Kazakhstan, at the Museum of Asia and the Pacific in Warsaw, Poland, and at the Duta Fine Arts Museum and Gallery in Jakarta, Indonesia.
His photographs of the Himalayas, India, and Africa are featured in Sacred Mountains of the World, by Edwin Bernbaum (Random House, 1990). His new book, Maya Ruins Revisited: In the Footsteps of Teobert Maler, (Peyton Wright Press) will be published in October 2020. Frej’s photographic work is represented in numerous public and private collections, as well as academic institutions throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.