William Craft Brumfield, photographer and historian of Russian architecture, is Professor of Slavic studies at Tulane University. He earned his Ph.D. in Slavic Languages at the University of California, Berkeley. He has also taught at Harvard University (1974-81).
He is the author and photographer of a number of works on Russian architecture, including: Gold in Azure: One Thousand Years of Russian Architecture (1983); A History of Russian Architecture, which The New York Times Book Review included in its "Notable Books of the Year 1993" (1993); and Architecture at the End of the Earth: Photographing the Russian North (2015). Since 2002 Brumfield has published 25 books in Russia, primarily on the architectural heritage of Russia's regions.
Brumfield's photographs of Russian architecture, exhibited at numerous galleries and museums, are part of the Image Collections at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Brumfield has lived in Russia for a total of eleven years. His many awards include a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation in 2000. In April of 2002 William Brumfield was elected to the State Russian Academy of Architecture and at 2006 to the State Russian Academy of Arts. In 2014 Brumfield received the D.S. Likhachev Prize "for outstanding contributions to the preservation of the historic and cultural heritage of Russia".