Infrared flash photo – Times Square, NYC (Candid)
Selection from Pointers artist’s book by Daniel D. Teoli Jr.
NOTE 1: This illustrated biography contains NSFW images and is the most up to date version. I have an older, abbreviated plain text biography with no photographs here :
NOTE 2: When the theme of this blog was changed to a zine format the spacing and layout of the photos changed from the original design. I don’t have the time to go back and fix thousands of photos in hundreds of posts…but I’m sure you will still get the message.
NOTE 3: Due to the size of this bio, it can no longer be easily updated. If you want to see what I’m currently doing also see a few of my blogs:
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Date of Birth: December 1954 at Los Angeles, California
Education: B.A. California State University Los Angeles, California
I am a self-taught social documentary photographer, experimental filmmaker, curator, historian and archivist with 49 years experience. I produce highest level candid photography as well as being the world leader in circular fisheye and infrared flash street photography. I also specialize in producing limited edition artist’s books.
I started taking pictures in the mid-1960’s with the family Brownie and took up photography seriously in 1969. Throughout the 1970’s & 1980’s I worked to document the people and street life in Los Angeles and Hollywood, CA.
I have experience in many areas of the wet darkroom, both in black and white and color. These include, alternative processes, E-6, C-41, nitrogen burst processing, Type ‘C’ & Type ‘R’ printing, dye transfer printing, screen printing, process camera / halftone screening and plate burning.
Eastman Kodak Dye Transfer Print Fade Test
Another facet of my work is in archival research and historical preservation. I do extensive archival testing as it pertains to dye stability of color imaging media and archival qualities of photography and cine’ related materials. I have also expanded my testing to include digital media that is commonly used for archiving photographs.
Within the area of historical preservation, the Daniel D. Teoli Jr. Archival Collection, which I am curator of, has a scope of over 115 areas of collection with 25,000+ unique items in the collection. I was an early adopter of digital collecting which makes up about 15% – 20% of the Archive.
I also work as a part-time volunteer archivist for the Internet Archive. Here are some of the items I’ve donated to the Internet Archive.
Here are a few samples from the Daniel D. Teoli Jr. Archival Collection…
Here is a partial listing of scope for the Daniel D. Teoli Jr. Archival Collection:
Early Photography: Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes, Opalotypes, Tintypes, Cyanotypes, Bromoil & Autochromes
C.D.V. & Cabinet Cards
Fashion, Portrait & Vernacular Photographs from the 19th Century
Early Japanese 19th Century Albumen Photographs & Glass Plates
Early 20th Century Rodeo Photographs
Vintage Ballerinas & Dancers
Historical Collotype, Phtotogravure & Halftone Plates
Pre-Jazz Era – WW I
Roaring 20’s – Flappers
1930’s – Depression Era
1940’s – WW II
Vintage Dye Transfer Prints
Steel Pier Diving Horses
Girls with Cameras
1950’s – Extensive Beat Generation Archives
1960’s – Hippies
Vintage Kodachrome Slides
Fashion 1845 – 1980: Dresses, Hats, Ribbons, Bows, Bonnets, Buttons & Shoes
Victorian & Edwardian Husband & Wife Portraits
19th Century Children
Extensive Collection of 19th & Early 20th Century Wedding Dresses
Mid 20th Century Satin & Lace Wedding Dresses
Tea Length Wedding Dresses
Vintage Wedding Parties
Vintage Bridal Bouquets & Nosegays
Vintage Bridal Headpieces
Magic Lantern Slides
Vintage Boxing Ladies
Artists & Art Studios
Mutilated Photos – Faces Cut Out
Vintage Radio, Hi-Fi, Reel to Reel, Television, HAM and Vacuum Tube Photos & Ephemera
QSL Postcard Archive / QSL Risqué Postcards
Historical Audio Recordings
Sami Laplanders Archive
Women’s Hairstyles 1840 – 1980
Christmas – Santa Claus – Snowmen
Vintage New York City
Before Photoshop – Retouched Photos
Of Historical Interest
Vintage African Postcards
Vintage Middle East Postcards
Vintage Press Photos
Press Photographers – Press Cameras
Roadside Americana – Dinosaur Statues
Painted Press Photos
Early Bondage, BDSM Photos and Ephemera
Vintage Explicit Personal Correspondence
8mm and 16mm Vintage Pornography 1920 – 1970
Vintage Homosexual & Heterosexual Cartoon Photos
Vintage 16mm Kodachrome Home Movies 1938 – 1960
Historical 16mm Films 1920 – 1960
Vintage Train Films
Silent Films / Silent Films with later added comic narration
Small Gauge Reel and Film Can Archive
Film Rental Catalogs
Vintage Medical Photos
Underground Social Documentary Photography
Vernacular Snapshot Aesthetics
Vintage Night Photography
19th Century Fat Women
Ghost Transfer Images
1940’s – 1960’s Swimsuits & Sportswear
Vintage Umbrellas & Parasols
19th & Early 20th Century Purses & Muffs
Currier & Ives Darktown Comics
Vintage Print Advertising
Bettie Page Archive
Maurice Seymour Archive
Irving Klaw Zine & Ephemera Archive
Irving Klaw Negative Archive
Eric Stanton Archive
Gene Bilbrew Archive
Vintage Birthday Parties
Film Era Ephemera
Early Computer, Video & Cell Phone Ephemera
Vintage Comix – Comics
Original Comix Art & Ephemera
Mimeograph Photos & Ephemera
I also curate and manage the Daniel D. Teoli Jr. Small Gauge Film Archive. Its mission is to preserve and archive the multitude of forgotten, ignored and outcast short subject small gauge films from the 1920s to 1960s that are quietly succumbing to vinegar syndrome.
I am especially proud to have rescued Prescription for Love (see below) from the trash after it was in a hurricane in Florida. This film is a very rare synched dialogue vintage stag film. As a rough estimate, only 1%-2% of the stag films from the 1920s to 1950s had synched dialogue. Currently the archive contains +/- 500 reels which translate into many hundreds of thousands of feet of film to conserve.
Here are a few sample films from the Daniel D. Teoli Jr. Small Gauge Film Archive:
Prescription for Love was removed by YouTube and they banned me. Here is the backup link for the film:
Here are a few of my film shots from the early 1970’s. (Spacing and layout of photos has changed from the original biography per Note #2 above.)
Moving to the Northeast in the 1989, I continued with my interest with social documentary photography in Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. In the early 2000’s I gradually made the switch from film to digital, which I use for the majority of my work, although I still enjoy shooting swing lens and medium format film cameras.
I also like to experiment with Hyper-Real HDR color street photography if it fits the subject matter. I thankfully credit Les Krims for introducing me to that style of work.
In 2001 I suffered a major loss to my archives as a flood in Ohio destroyed the bulk of my photographs from the 1980’s and 1990’s. My earlier work from the 1970’s was only spared because I had already moved most of it to my new residence. This loss, as great as it was, inspired me to work diligently on archiving and preserving my photography.
Here are the few remaining images from the 1980’s that survived the flood. Some of these are scans of reject work prints, snapshots and a few misplaced negatives that were spared from the flood.
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Here are a few of my major works with book arts. My artist’s books which consist of my own photography as well as material from the Daniel D. Teoli Jr. Archival Collection, are placed with museums and rare book / special collection libraries worldwide.
For a complete listing of my artist’s books and projects I am working on see:
Sample of selections from a few of my earlier books:
Peephole: Peering Into the World of 1970’s Hollywood and L.A – 2013
Portfolio: Peering Into the World of 1970’s Hollywood and L.A. – 2013
Twenty-Six Roadkills – 2013
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Encyclopedia of Photographic and Fine Art Ink Jet Printing Media 2014
The 12 volume Encyclopedia is currently the world largest contemporary set of hand-printed artist’s books ever made. More importantly, it is a very important and unique reference collection for archival research and those interested in ink jet printing.
Sets of the Encyclopedia have been placed with:
Rijksmuseum Research Library, Netherlands
Center for Creative Photography Research Library
Rare Books and Manuscripts Library at Ohio State University
Amon Carter Museum Conservation Lab
Image Permanence Institute at Rochester Institute of Technology
Metropolitan Museum of Art Conservation Lab.
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Bikers’ Mardi Gras – 2015
De Wallen: Amsterdam’s Red Light District – 2015
Gender Benders from the 1970’s
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Currently I am working on a number of projects that will result in limited edition artist’s books when complete. Here is a very partial listing of projects underway:
The Americans…60 years after Frank
Girls of the Beat Generation
180: The circular fisheye at large!
A Day in the Life of a Drag Queen
Presenting Photography to Curators and Museums
Magnifying Lens Photography
Thirty-six views of Bison
With Due Respect Beloved One
Women are Beautiful…Beyond Snapshot Aesthetics
Secrets of Candid Photography
All you Need is Love
For a complete project listing see:
Piercing Darkness consists of infrared flash photography taken in the dark.
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180: The circular fisheye at large!
Order Women Like Pizza (Candid)
In addition to still photography I also work in experimental filmmaking. To date I’ve made 31 short films (4 films are in post production) and 1 – 6 hour film called Offshoots which was the foundation for most of the films below.
Here is a partial listing of the films I’ve made:
Girls of Instagram
Look at #metoo (aka ‘Look at hashtag metoo’ on the Internet Archive)
Look at #metoo (Short Version)
Stretch Marks (Short Version)
Acne (Short Version)
Pregnant Girls of Instagram
#Queer (aka ‘hashtag Queer’ on the Internet Archive)
Mandy Blanco Dream Girl
Transition (Male to female transition)
Transmen (Female to male transition)
Split Tongue (Short Version)
Here are 3 sample films from this group on the subject of social documentary studies of Instagram. (These are all short versions of the film.)
Although the films look like casual views of the tablet screen, they are all carefully curated, organized and edited to present this way in the film.
Look at #metoo
…just in case – a the backup link for Transmen.
YouTube takes down a lot of my films, even with my best effort to abide by their censorship rules.
A few of my favorite photographers…
Lisette Model, Robert Frank, Mary Ellen Mark, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Michel Chelbin, Les Krims, Maggie Steber, Don McCullin, Salgado, Irving Penn, Diane Arbus, Gail Halaban, Cristina Garcia Rodero, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Bruce Davidson, Robert Doisineau, Jane Evelyn Atwood, W. Eugene Smith, Martin Munkasci, Larry Fink, O. Rufus Lovett, Weegee, Robert Capa, Judy Dater, Ray Metzger, Erich Salomon, Harry K. Shigeta, Emmet Gowin, Jill Freeman, James Nanchez, Helen Levitte, Shelby Lee Adams, Brassai, O.Winston Link, Sid Grossman, Graciela Iturbide and William Mortensen.
Selection from The Americans…60 years after Frank (Candid)
by Daniel D. Teoli Jr.
I’m not much for artist’s statements. I feel the photo should be able to stand on its own and not need a chapter of esoteric bullshit to justify it. Neither am I one to write or hire authors to write long justifications and explanation for my books. My photo illustrated books are well known for their economy of text. But everyone is not visually oriented and the intellectuals like to see some words, so let me give it a go.
If I had to sum up my interest in photography…it must stem from a liking to being able to ‘freeze time.’ Cartier-Bresson described how many a street photographer feels when at large…”I prowled the streets all day, feeling very sprung-up and ready to pounce, determined to ‘trap’ life – to preserve life in the act of living.”
And that pretty much describes me to a proverbial ‘T.’ As an example, when working the subway in NYC I generally hop on the first or last car and at every stop I move to the next car to have a fresh look at the world with the hope of finding something interesting to document.
Now, combine that frantic need to see and record with a dose of Elliott Erwitt…”I just take pictures and hope something comes out of it.”
Erwitt’s quote reminds me that luck is a big factor in getting that iconic shot and to try and keep a big ego in check. Street photographers are not cut from the same cloth as studio photographers or sunset specialists. With my type of work, having a big ego and being a little off your rocker helps get the shot when the need to shove your camera in some strangers face at 2 AM arises. To do good street photography, societal conventions can not always be maintained.
Photography of all genres trains practitioners to concentrate their vision and see things the average person may overlook. Before I was a photographer, I would seldom look at the small details or focus on a subject for any length of time.
Now I notice the beauty of a weathered wall. I see potential for a photo in a dusty window screen. In short, photographers are always looking. We look at everything, visualizing play of light, composition, shapes, color, patterns and especially in my case people. For the social documentarian our work is based on humanity…people are our landscape!
There is something that transforms the snapshot into a photograph. A spark of alchemy the photographer uses that turns the ordinary photo into something that is worthy of a second look. That elusive transformation is what I set out to capture in my photography.
In a 1979 interview entitled Inside New York’s Art World, artist Louise Nevelson said: “I think that when someone is willing to live and die for something…that means it is in the genes.” That pretty much sums up the sacrifices that many an artist will go through in order to do their art – they are willing to live and die for their art. Whether painter, draftsman, photographer, writer, musician, sculptor, actor or poet, artists use their art as a way to see, interpret and make sense of their world.
If you’re dedicated to your art and freezing time is in your blood, you MUST produce and keep producing, whether you have an outlet or not to make $…or even have any practical use for your output. Irrespective of recognition, fame and riches, we all have one thing in common…as long as we can keep pressing the button and freeze time, we feel the better for it.
Selection from The Americans…60 years after Frank (Candid)
by Daniel D. Teoli Jr.
I have photograph(s) and/ or limited edition hand-printed artist’s books at the following institutions:
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California
Rhode Island School of Design – Fleet Library Special Collections, Rhode Island
Oxford Bodleian Library – Special Collections U.K.
Toronto University – Thomas Fischer Rare Book Library, Canada
British Library – Special Collections, U.K.
Rutgers University – Special Collections Library, New Jersey
Columbia University – Avery Fine Arts Library Special Collections, New York
Art Center College of Design – Fogg Library Special Collections, California
Brown University – Special Collections Art Library, Rhode Island
University of California Berkeley – Special Collections Art Library, California
Mennello Museum of Art, Florida
The Art Museum at The University of Kentucky, Kentucky (a)
Mead Art Museum – Amherst College, Massachusetts
Victoria and Albert Museum – National Art Library Special Collections, U.K.
NYU – Fales Library Special Collections, New York
Amherst College – Special Collections Library, Massachusetts
Stanford University – Special Collections Art & Architecture Library, California
Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, China
Allen Memorial Museum – Oberlin College, Ohio
University of Exeter – Bill Douglas Centre, U.K.
Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center – Vassar College, New York
Flint Institute of Art, Michigan
Noyes Museum of Art – Stockton College, New Jersey
RISD Museum, Rhode Island
California State Library Sacramento – Special Collections, California
International Center of Photography – Special Collections Library, New York
Fashion Institute of Technology – Marcus Library Special Collections, New York
Wright State University – Special Collections Dept of Art and History, Ohio
American Motorcycle Museum – Pinkerton, Ohio
National University of Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
Colby Museum of Art – Colby College, Maine
The Kinsey Institute, Indiana
University of Southern California – One Archives, California
Bibliotheque Kandinsky Special Collections – Centre Pompidou, France
Tweed Museum of Art – University of Minnesota, Minnesota
San Antonio Museum of Art, Texas
Spencer Museum of Art – University of Kansas, Kansas
Yale University – Haas Art Library Special Collections, Connecticut
UCLA – Charles E. Young Research Library Special Collections, California
UCONN – Thomas J. Dodd Research Center Special Collections, Connecticut
Brooklyn Museum Library – Special Collections, New York
Muscarelle Museum of Art – College of William and Mary, Virginia
The National Library of Sweden – Special Collections, Sweden
Museum of Fine Art Houston – Hirsch Library Special Collections, Texas
The University of Chicago – Special Collections Library, Illinois
The University of California Santa Barbara – Special Collections, California
Smithsonian American Art Museum Library – Special Collections, Washington D.C.
Corcoran Gallery College of Art – Special Collections, Washington D.C.
The University of the Arts – Special Collections Library, Pennsylvania
Reed College Library – Special Collections, Oregon
The Art Institute of Chicago School of Art – Flaxman Special Collections, Illinois
Ringling College of Art And Design – Special Collections Library, Florida
The Newberry – Special Collections, Illinois
New School Archives & Special Collections, New York
Cranbrook Academy of Art – Special Collections Library, Michigan
San Francisco Public Library – Special Collections, California
Maryland Institute College of Art – Decker Special Collections, Maryland
National Library of South Africa – Special Collections, Pretoria, South Africa
Bard College – Stevenson Library Special Collections, New York
University of Pennsylvania – Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Pennsylvania
University California Santa Cruz – McHenry Library Special Collections, California
SCAD Savannah – Special Collections, Georgia
The National Vietnam War Museum, Texas (a)
Mills College Library – Special Collections, California
Colby Library – Special Collections, Maine
University of Nevada Reno – Special Collections, Nevada
Northwestern University – McCormick Special Collections, Illinois
Boston Public Library – Special Collections, Massachusetts
University of Iowa – Martin Rare Book Special Collections, Iowa
University of Tulsa – McFarlin Special Collections, Oklahoma
Oberlin College – Mudd Center Special Collections, Ohio
New York Public Library – Special Collections, New York
Harvard Radcliffe Institute – Schlesinger Special Collections, Massachusetts
DePaul – Richardson Special Collections, Illinois
UIC – Health Science Library Special Collections, Illinois
University of Colorado – Anschutz Special Collections, Colorado
Cleveland Museum of Art – Ingalls Special Collections, Ohio
University of Kentucky – Special Collections, Kentucky
Trinity College Watkinson – Special Collections, Connecticut
Cushing / Whitney Medical Library Yale Special Collections, Connecticut
Deutsche Nationalbibliothek / German National Library Special Collections, Germany
Harwood Museum of Art – University of New Mexico, New Mexico
University of London – Special Collections Senate Library, U.K.
National Library of Scotland – Special Collections, Scotland
Center for Creative Photography – Special Collections, Arizona
Bibliothèque Nationale de Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Jaffe Center for Book Arts, Florida
Southern Oregon University Hannon Library Special Collections, Oregon
The College of William & Mary Earl Gregg Swem Library, Virginia
Middlebury – Special Collections Library, Vermont
University of South Carolina – Irvin Rare Books aSpecial Collections, South Carolina
University of Colorado Boulder – Special Collections Library, Colorado
NCSU Libraries – Special Collections, North Carolina
University Michigan – Joseph A. Labadie Collection Special Collections Library, Michigan
University of Victoria – McPherson Library Special Collections, Victoria, B.C. Canada
Arizona State University – Special Collections Library, Arizona
Bryn Mawr College – Special Collections Library, Pennsylvania
USC – Doheny Memorial Library Special Collections, California
University of Rochester – Rush Rhees Library Special Collections, New York
Wake Forest University – ZSR Special Collections, North Carolina
Reading Public Museum, Pennsylvania
College of the Holy Cross , Massachusetts (b)
University of Illinois at Chicago Daley Special Collections, Illinois
Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minnesota
George Washington University – Gelman Special Collections, Washington D.C.
Boston College – Burns Library Special Collections, Massachusetts
Auburn University – Draughon Library Special Collections, Alabama
Openbare Bibliotheek Special Collections, Amsterdam, Netherlands
University of Illinois at Chicago – Daley Library Special Collections, Illinois
State Library of Victoria Special Collections, Melbourne, Australia
Ohio State University – Rare Books & Manuscripts Library, Ohio
National Archives Netherlands, De Haag, Netherlands
University of Amsterdam Special Collections, Netherlands
Rijksmuseum – Research Library, Netherlands
University of Maryland – Baltimore County Special Collections, Maryland
Tate Museum Research Library Special Collections, London, England
Cornell University Library Rare Books, Manuscripts and Archives, New York
University of Pittsburgh Art Gallery, Pennsylvania
James Madison University Special Collections, Virginia
Bowdoin College Special Collections, Maine
Widener University Special Collections, Pennsylvania
University of South Florida Special Collections, Florida
Amon Carter Museum Conservation Lab, Texas
Princeton University Firestone Library Special Collections, New Jersey
Library of Congress Special Collections, Washington, D.C
Image Permanence Institute Rochester Institute of Technology, New York
University of Pittsburgh Medical School Special Collections, Pennsylvania
Metropolitan Museum of Art Conservation Lab, New York
(a) Delivered – Pending Board Approval
(b) Digital Collection
I certify this biography is accurate as May 23, 2019
Daniel D. Teoli Jr.