Causes and Spirits

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William Carter’s fifth book is his most comprehensive, most
searching — most personal.

The subject is humanity.

Causes and Spirits spans a career of fifty years (and counting).
Whether Carter was covering the Iraqi Kurds for Life, the streets
of London for Women's Wear Daily, premature babies for the
Stanford University Hospital, the historic American West for book
projects, or classic nudes for gallery and museum exhibitions, his most deeply seen images all have an "extra something."

Most are published here for the first time.

This book’s autobiographical text amplifies the exacting compositions by exposing a subtle connective tissue behind life's surfaces.

Spanning five decades of the author's pictures of people world-
wide, Causes and Spirits is a rotunda of windows on the human soul.


Signed copies are now available through the author. Please contact him directly at


To sample the kinds of black and white photographs shown in this book, please visit the HUMANITY and GHOSTS photo galleries.

William Carter papers, © Stanford University Libraries. Click here for a detailed usage guide.