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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, curator, historian and archivist with 48 years experience. I specialize in producing limited edition artist’s books. I started taking pictures in the mid-1960’s 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-4, C-41, nitrogen burst processing, Type ‘C’ & Type ‘R’ printing, dye transfer printing, screen printing, process camera / halftone screening and plate burning.
A few film shots from the early 1970’s…
Moving to the Northeast in the 1989, I continued with my interest in humanist 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.
My current color photography revolves a good deal around Hyper-Real HDR color street photography. 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.
Samples of a few of the remaining images that survived the flood.
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Here are a small selection of some of my major works with book arts. My artist’s books are placed with museums and rare book – special collection libraries worldwide. For a complete listing of my artist’s books see:
Samples from – Peephole: Peering Into the World of 1970’s Hollywood and L.A – 2013
Samples from – Portfolio: Peering Into the World of 1970’s Hollywood and L.A. – 2013
Samples from – Twenty-Six Roadkills – 2013
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Samples from – 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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Samples from – Bikers’ Mardi Gras – 2015
Samples from – De Wallen: Amsterdam’s Red Light District – 2015
Samples from – 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 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:
Samples from – Piercing Darkness
Synopsis: Piercing Darkness consists of infrared flash photography taken in the dark. My book takes over where Weegee’s and Yoshiyuki’s work left off with candid infrared flash .
Samples from – Whoop-Whoop!
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Samples from – 180: The circular fisheye at large!
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 and William Mortensen.
If I had to sum up my interest in photography…it must stem from a liking to being able to ‘freeze time.’ Henri 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.“
Combine that 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.
Photography 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 light, composition, shapes, color and patterns.
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 have set out to capture in my photography.
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
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 April 18, 2017
Daniel D. Teoli Jr.