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CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

Daniel Wheeler

GULP
June 27, 2014

Duncan Miller Gallery proudly presents its second exhibition of Daniel Wheeler's GULP series featuring large-format color landscapes of Southern California. Wheeler documents Los Angeles through the waters of a series of back yard swimming pools.



Gallery is closed for summer vacation from August 2-September 7th. We will be checking emails at info@duncanmillergallery.com

PAST EXHIBITIONS

Katerina Belkina

EMPTY SPACES
April 19, 2014

Overlaying the abstract notion resembling figurative Russian icons through her own self portraits, Belkina creates works that alarm and fascinate. She creates a "new type" of human in her constructed metropolis settings.








Concurrent exhibition


Selected Photographs from the Archives of YourDailyPhotograph.com


Ray Atkeson

PACIFIC NORTHWEST
February 15, 2014

Duncan Miller Gallery proudly presents Pacific Northwest: Vintage Photographs by Ray Atkeson. Prominent among photographers of the American West, especially winter landscapes and the emergence of the modern ski industry, Atkeson also made poetic photographs of the bustling industries gaining momentum in the region during the 1930s, '40s, and '50s. And ardent conservationist as well as an admirer of man's ambitious rush to embrace modernity, Atkeson's unique vision combined his affection for majestic, hardscrabble vistas and a fascination with the tumult of this new industrial frontier -- resulting in images that are both strange and familiar, dreamlike and indelible, magical and ominous.


When we think about the 1930s, '40s, and '50s in American history, we tend to think about the Depression, the War, the Jazz Age, Art Deco, the rise of shining metropolitan centers, car culture, the Golden Age of Hollywood, maybe Beatniks. But we don't always think of the stark, epic, inhospitable frontiers of the Pacific Northwest and the eccentric people who made their living and built their eventual empires farming, fishing, logging, shipbuilding, laying the ski industry infrastructure, and undertaking massive public works projects like dams and river diversion. Aside from the inherently compelling content and context of his subject matter, Atkeson had a special gift for framing his compositions with striking motifs, strident angles, heroic perspective, and soaring pictorial geometries -- from the angle of a fallen tree, to the sweep of a ship's hull, or the spectacle of urban lights -- that underscore the scale of the story being told.


Atkeson has been included in several special publications, including Ansel Adams' and Nancy Newhall's This is the American Earth (1960), U.S. Camera's The Best of 1957, and John Steinbeck's last published book, America and Americans (1966). Yet the world he portrays and the visual language he uses to describe it are quite different from those of the WPA, naturalist, and avant-garde peers alongside whom he is regularly exhibited -- diverse figures like Adams, Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Richard Avedon, Lillian Bassman, and Eliot Porter. In addition to publishing in National Geographic, Time, Readers Digest, Life, The Saturday Evening Post and Popular Photography, Atkeson has published nine books, including Ski and Snow Country: The Golden Years of Skiing in the West, 1930s-1950s with text by skiing legend Warren Miller, and was named Photographer Laureate of the State of Oregon in 1976.

Fernand Fonssagrives


November 9, 2013

Iconic American fashion photographer of the 1940s and 1950s.



Born in 1910 to a sculptor father and a musician mother, Fernand Fonssagrives, along with Irving Penn and Richard Avedon were the holy trinity of photographers in New York during the post-war years. Fonssagrives was at one stage the highest paid of the lot, and the star student at Alexey Brodovitch's Design Laboratory. His work could be seen on the pages of Vogue, Harpers, Town & Country. The names Avedon and Penn conjure forth reams of iconic images and command hundreds of thousands of dollars and yet [this is the first Los Angeles] retrospective of Fonssagrives' work.

Christopher Colville

MEDITATIONS
September 14, 2013

Colville makes unique prints using controlled explosions of gunpowder on silver gelatin photographic paper. The resultant heat and light create unique pieces of surreal imagery.



Click here to see the Critic's Choice of this show in the Los Angeles Times.

Carolyn Hampton

CHILDHOOD DREAMS & MEMORIES
June 7, 2013

Carolyn Hampton's exhibition contains a body of work recreating her childhood dreams.


Also see Made in France: Selected works from: Edouard Boubat, Jean-Philippe Charbonnier, Eugene Atget, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Marc Riboud, Robert Doisneau, Robert Capa, Martine Franck, Frank Paulin, Elliott Erwitt and others.


Note: Gallery will be closed for summer vacation for the month of August.

MADE IN FRANCE
June 7, 2013

Edouard Boubat, Jean-Philippe Charbonnier, Eugene Atget, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Marc Riboud, Robert Doisneau, Robert Capa, Martine Franck, Frank Paulin, Elliott Erwitt and others.

Isabel Munoz


March 14, 2013

Isabel Munoz has captured form and movement, whether in flamenco, tango, ballet or in many forms of tribal dance and rituals in her travels throughout the world. This exhibition is a survey of this body language, sought from her exploration of rites and identity. This is her first gallery exhibition in Los Angeles.

Thomas Alleman

SUNSHINE AND NOIR
February 7, 2013

Thomas Alleman presents images from his ongoing series Sunshine and Noir. Using a plastic low-fidelity Holga camera, Alleman embraces its lack of precision to create his surrealistic and often impressionistic landscape scenes.

Danny Lyon

THE BIKERIDERS
November 29, 2012

Danny Lyon's 1968 book, The Bikeriders, became one of the most influential photographic works of the decade. Our exhibition contains the images that ushered the way for the 1969 film Easy Rider.

Chris McCaw


September 15, 2012

Photographer Chris McCaw's third Duncan Miller Gallery exhibition contains all new works that make their public debut along with the artist's first book, Sunburn.


McCaw has created an innovative photographic process where he exposes vintage photo paper to the sun over long time frames with massive hand-built cameras. The result is a landscape image that is actually physically seared by the sun. This groundbreaking work creates unique paper negatives images that push photography into the realm of sculpture.


See the Los Angeles Times review of this exhibition by clicking here.





Ernst Haas

CLASSICS
June 23, 2012

Duncan Miller Gallery presents the first major Los Angeles showing of the works of Ernst Haas. This show contains a selection of his well-known prints along with some of his more experimental color work he never exhibited. Haas (1921-1986) is unquestionably one of the best-known, most prolific and most published photographers of the twentieth century. Born in Vienna, in 1953 Haas moved to New York and Life Magazine published his groundbreaking 24-page color photo essay on New York City. This was the first large color photo feature published by Life. Haas was given a one-man show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1962 -- the first color photography show ever held at the Museum.

Roman Loranc

SELECTED PHOTOGRAPHS
April 20, 2012

Duncan Miller Gallery presents the photographic works of Roman Loranc. His evocative images often depict the beauty of vanishing subjects.


Concurrent exhibition:


The Human Condition

A curated group of vintage photographs showing the struggle and joy of everyday life.

RARE MUSIC PHOTOGRAPHS
April 4, 2012

Duncan Miller Gallery (Venice Blvd location) presents an exhibition of rare music photographs. While the subject matter of these photographs contains iconic figures in the music world, many of these particular images are infrequently seen. A 17-year-old Jim Morrison mugging for the camera, Bob Marley enjoying a cup of java, Igor Stravinsky enjoying whisky from the bottle, Johnny Cash waving a handgun around.


Photographs of Jimi Hendrix, Mick Jagger, Miles Davis, Jim Morrison, The Beatles, Janis Joplin, The Allman Brothers, Pete Townshend, Keith Richards, Bruce Springsteen, George Harrison, Tina Turner, Bill Graham, BB King, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton and more.

Ray Atkeson

SKI AND SNOW
January 20, 2012

Duncan Miller Gallery proudly presents vintage photographs from the Ray Atkeson estate. This is the first Los Angeles presentation of Atkeson's rare vintage winterscape photographs.


Ray Atkeson (1907-1990) began photographing the Northwestern U.S. landscape in the 1930s. He became especially well-known for his stunning black & white images of the ski and snow country in the Western states. The early, romantic days of skiing in the West - the 1930-1950s - were a time of glamour and great excitement. Hollywood movie stars in the latest snow fashions shared chair lifts with the originators of "extreme" skiing. Skiers zoomed down the mountains with primitive equipment, relying on enthusiasm and their own brand of skill to take them successfully to the bottom.


Atkeson's photographs appear alongside his peers Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Richard Avedon, Lillian Bassman, Eliot Porter and others in several collections, including Ansel Adam's This is the American Earth (1960), U.S. Camera's The Best of 1957 and John Steinbeck's America and Americans (1960).


His published works include nine books, including Ski and Snow Country: The Golden Years of Skiing in the West, 1930s-1950s with text by skiing legend Warren Miller. Atkeson's work appeared in National Geographic, Time, Readers Digest, Life, Saturday Evening Post and Popular Photography. His image is on the cover of Sports Illustrated, Nov 23, 1957. Atkeson was named Photographer Laureate of Oregon in 1976, his works are in several public institutions.



MARILYN MONROE, "12 PHOTOGRAPHS"
October 21, 2011

This exhibition contains a tightly-edited selection of iconic prints from known photographers who captured Marilyn, including vintage and modern prints from Lawrence Schiller, Philippe Halsman, Milton Greene, Bob Willoughby, Murray Garrett, Benn Mitchell and others.


THE "LOS ANGELES COLLECTION"
August 13, 2011

42 photographers capture Los Angeles. See http://www.facebook.com/iLoveLaExhibition


"It may often seem hard--especially to outsiders--to find a 'city' in LA, but it is never hard to find something to look at. Glamorous, vigorous, scabrous, hilarious, mysterious, and ridiculous by turns, Tinseltown invariably glistens." -- excerpt from Peter Frank's editorial on "I Love LA."


See article in the LA Times here.


The closing reception for this exhibition is Saturday, October 1, 7-10 pm.

Kim Weston

"BALLERINA"
July 7, 2011

Kim Weston presents new work based on his silver gelatin photographs of ballerinas.

Meghann Riepenhoff

ELUVIUM
May 14, 2011

The exhibition "Eluvium" features unique chromogenic photograms made by casting sand onto light sensitive paper and generating breath that shifted the sand into formations. The catalog is available through the gallery and features an essay by San Francisco-based independent curator Anne Veh.





Jo Babcock

THE INVENTED CAMERA
March 10, 2011

Jo Babcock makes cameras out of found objects, each designed to create a single photograph. Some pairings allow the viewer to suspend disbelief and become the object -- as a Band Aid box viewing its patient; a detergent box studies a coin-operated washing machine; a gasoline can observing an abandoned gas station.


After its brief career, each camera becomes a sculptural art object, as presented and offered together with its photograph. These one-of-a-kind paired sets keep the codependent relationships intact.

NEW YORK, NY
December 9, 2010

"New York, NY" An exhibition of photographs, primarily capturing the vibe and energy of New York in the 1950s.


Photographs by Bernice Abbott, Henri Daumann, Elliott Erwitt, Andreas Feininger, Ken Heyman, Larry Levenstein, Benn Mitchell, Norman Parkinson, Frank Paulin, Irving Penn, Aaron Siskind, Louis Stettner, George Tice, Brett Weston, Garry Winogrand and others.

Gao Brothers


September 23, 2010

The Beijing-based Gao Brothers recently opened their first Los Angeles exhibition.


"[While we were growing up], the cultural revolution started by Chairman Mao had successfully turned China into a really crazy country. Education was a lie and lies were truth" -- Gao Brothers



The career of the Gao Brothers, an internationally recognized duo who burst onto the arts scene in the late eighties, crosses multiple genres and styles -- from emotional performances and romantic photography to bombastic installations and Pop Art sculptures. The Brothers often offer a more subtle take on post-Mao China than their Chinese contemporaries. They address both a painful cultural legacy (their father was jailed and then murdered during the Cultural Revolution) and the side effects of the program of industrialization/urbanization/modernization propelled by the Chinese state -- with unusual hope and vulnerability.


Architecture and man-made spaces figure largely as metaphors for the human condition within a society frantically rebuilding itself and re-entering the international scene through capitalism and consumerism. In the Sense of Space series, naked, awkward humans are shoved and/or placed into a type of wall storage unit found in many urban apartments. Like a living Louise Nevelson sculpture, the unit becomes a visual translation of the cramped and isolated living situation within a chaotic city where people often have no contact with their neighbors. The men and women in the wall unit are physically close but psychologically distanced -- unable or unwilling to communicate with each other outside the walls of their miniature worlds.


Similar ideas are reflected in recent series, such as The Utopia of Construction and The Outer Space Project. In these digital renditions, miniature figures inserted into countless cells recall bee hives, industrial storage units, ant farms or high-rise apartments. Through such stark utopias (literally no(t)-place), the Gao Brothers bring overlooked everyday activities into sharp focus. De-contextualized and compartmentalized within these "forever unfinished constructions" (a symbol unique to Contemporary China), the people initially appear to reflect sadness and a deep, spiritual poverty. Closer examination, however, reveals that some "residents" of these Bosch-like worlds are smiling -- even embracing; the Brothers leave room for redemption.


In 2006, the Brothers' repertoire began to shift with their Miss Mao series. Each Miss Mao represents the quintessential twentieth-century Chinese political icon with his trademark mole and haircut, yet disturbingly modified. Here Mao appears caricaturized, taking on the chubby cheeks of Mickey Mouse and Pinocchio's phallic nose, but also large silicon breasts. With the candy-coated look of a Murakami sculpture, Mao is no longer threatening, but only a grotesque parody of the ideology, "Communism is the Mother of Us All." Signifiers get crossed -- maternal warmth is made lurid by Western consumerism, Communism made shiny and infantile with absurd sweetness. The Gao Brothers leave us to ponder and hope.


-- Katie Apsey, Assistant Curator -- Arts of Asia, Africa and the Islamic World, Brooklyn Museum

Ansel Adams


September 11, 2010

The gallery is hosting an Ansel Adams seminar on Sunday, September 19 from 2-4 pm. The fee is $40 per person, please call to gallery to reserve a space. Speakers include Carol McCusker, PhD (former Curator of Photography at the Museum of Photographic Arts), San Diego, John Upton (photo-historian, photographer and friend/colleague to Adams) and noted San Francisco Ansel Adams photography expert Scott Nichols.


There is a selection of authentic Ansel Adams photographs on display. The gallery also has the first public viewing of three of Earl Brooks "Uncle Earl" photographs, side-by-side with the glass plate images that have been attributed to Ansel Adams.

COLLECTORS' FAVORITES
August 14, 2010

The Photographic Arts Council of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Duncan Miller Gallery are pleased to announce COLLECTORS' FAVORITES, a special exhibition of photographs on loan from private collections of members of LACMA's Photographic Arts Council.


Click here to see article in Los Angeles Times


Opening reception, Thursday, Aug 19, 7-9 pm

Rolfe Horn

LANDSCAPE
June 12, 2010

Horn's photographs exemplify the peace and simplicity of the natural world, images that capture a transcendental sense of euphoria at the joy of being alive.


Horn's exhibition is the fourth in the series of revolving solo shows from four San Francisco-based artists. The exhibition includes Amy Auerbach's series of photographs entitled "Vanishing Waterfront", Monica Denevan's "Songs of the River: Portraits from Burma", and Ben Nixon's "Surface Tension" photographs.

ELECTRIC FLOWERS
April 8, 2010

Artists Robert Buelteman and Ed Martin present an exhibition of photographs -- flowers and plants -- taken without cameras.


With their own special techniques, each artist coaxes the plant to reveal a different type of photograph -- colorful, other-worldly and unique.

Jeff Dunas

30 YEARS OF PHOTOGRAPHY
January 15, 2010

Criss-crossing the U.S., Dunas created a series called American Pictures, spending time in the Mississippi delta he photographed blues players. He shot nudes in France. Baroque and Renaissance gardens, and street pictures from around the world.

CHRIS McCAW

NEW WORKS
December 15, 2009

Photographer Chris McCaw has released a new series of original work, based on paper negatives, long exposures, and the sun burning its way across the image.

This series is titled P.O.P., and is made using an arcane photographic paper that was popular in the early 1900's. The paper's common name is "Printing Out Paper." This paper produces beautiful, ethereal prints with a range of colors from deep magenta, violet or brownish tint. The subtle color hues in each piece are quite different in each piece as a result of the paper, the hand processing and the gold toning of each image during processing.

Due to the scarcity of this paper, this series is currently limited to 16 pieces. As each piece is the actual negative that was placed in the camera, they are one-of-a-kind and cannot be reproduced.

McCaw's work has been recently acquired by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Works are currently on display in both museums.


Frank Paulin

COLOR PHOTOGRAPHS
October 22, 2009

We are pleased to produce the first exhibition of color photographs from artist Frank Paulin. These color images date back to the early 1950s and represent a substantial body of newly discovered work.

"Vibrant work... shot a half-century ago but never printed until this year. Many of the pictures read like montages, layered assemblages of motion, reflection, and signage, the choreography of the city (usually Manhattan) stilled for a brief, dynamic moment." -- from Los Angeles Times review, November 13, 2009


Woodstock

THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY
August 15, 2009

"Woodstock: The 40th Anniversary" a photographic exhibition. Featuring the works of Jim Marshall, Baron Wolman, Henry Diltz and Lisa Law, this show recreates the experience of the crowd, the ambiance and the music of the world's most famous music festival. See our Press section for video and reviews of this exhibition.



Daniel Wheeler

GULP
April 9, 2009

Wheeler's GULP series features large-format color landscapes of Southern California -- but photographed through the waters of a series of swimming pools.

Group f.64


February 5, 2009

Opening reception: Thursday, Feb 5th, 6-9 pm



Group f.64 was an association organized in 1932 by a group of eleven photographers: Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, Edward Weston, John Paul Edwards, Sonya Noskowiak, Henry Swift, Willard Van Dyke, Consuelo Kanaga, Alma Lavenson, Preston Holder and Brett Weston. One of the finest collections of f.64 work has been assembled for an exhibition at Duncan Miller Gallery.

Kim Weston

PAINTED PHOTOGRAPHS
February 5, 2009

Kim is a third-generation member of one of the most important and creative families in photography. He learned his craft assisting his father Cole in the darkroom making gallery prints from his grandfather Edward's original negatives. Kim also worked for many years as an assistant to his uncle Brett. This exhibition consists of one-of-a-kind pieces -- Kim's silver prints that he paints with oil.

CHEMA MADOZ

OBJECTS
November 6, 2008

In his first solo exhibition in Los Angeles, Chema Madoz exhibits a series of surreal and refined black-and-white photographs from the past decade. Madoz engages ordinary objects in different ways -- by manipulating, juxtaposing, and constructing -- and then photographing the new entities without digital manipulation, creating visual images that are placed out of their original context and joined together to create a new reality.

Henri Dauman and Florence Gruere

SHARP CONTRASTS
September 18, 2008

Paris-based Florence Gruere, originally a filmmaker, turned to fine art photography in the early 1970s. She began making portraits, an ongoing preoccupation and an emotional process for her as she sought to reveal the subtleties of personality. In Sharp Contrasts Gruere exhibits a series of portraits made in the 1970s of well-known photographers, among them Man Ray, André Kertész, and Jacques Henri Lartigue; each photograph is heavily imbued with shadow and mood.

Gruere also focuses her lens on the broader aspects of life in Paris -- for example, autumn along the Seine -- capturing the character of the city without romanticizing her subject. These paysages are delicate contrasts of light and dark which invite the viewer in for closer inspection and revelation. The same is true for her photographs of female nudes, a series that she began in 2000 in which she uses the same lens utilized in her other work.

Fascinated by technique, Gruere set out in the mid-1990s to learn how to print using the gum bichromate process. She recently commented, “My pictures have sharp contrast; they focus on the essential, the main features rather than the details, a fact that is reinforced when using the gum process.”

Henri Dauman, based in New York, is a well-known photojournalist who has documented historical events, personalities, and cultural changes of the twentieth century. He garnered worldwide attention as a feature photographer for Life magazine, for which he captured personalities from the political world as well as celebrities from the art and pop culture scenes.

In Sharp Contrasts Dauman exhibits a series of photographs that portray life in New York City in the early 1960s. These black-and-white images not only depict social issues of the day, but they also mark a specific time and place in America. The images reflect a sense of lyrical beauty even as they reveal everyday occurrences on the streets of the city.

Focusing on a much more intimate subject, Dauman will also show his quixotic portraits of well-known film directors -- François Truffaut, Jean Luc Godard, Jean Renoir, and others -- taken during the same time period. The portraits are pensive and yet alluring, as they capture these towering figures of film in unguarded moments.

CHRIS McCAW

SUNBURNS
April 10, 2008


GIL GARCETTI

GIL GARCETTI
October 4, 2007


OLEG DOU

OLEG DOU
August 2, 2007


FOUR RUSSIANS

FOUR RUSSIANS
May 3, 2007


LOAN NGUYEN

LOAN NGUYEN
March 1, 2007


EDWARD WESTON

EDWARD WESTON
January 10, 2007


Edouard Boubat and Jean-Philippe Charbonnier

FRENCH MASTERS
August 15, 2006


George Rose, Ethan Russell, Baron Wolman

ICONS OF ROCK
June 8, 2006


MARC RIBOUD

MARC RIBOUD: THE WORLD. HIS LENS
March 1, 2006


FRANK PAULIN

FRANK PAULIN: MOMENTS
December 1, 2005