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Daniel D. Teoli Jr

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Los Angeles

Birth year

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Ohio Valley

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Cal State Los Angeles, 1978, B.A.

photo, street, graffiti/street-art, digital, photography, traditional, surrealism, Hyper Real, HDR, LACMA, BLACK AND WHITE, BW, Los Angeles, hollywood, Cartier-Bresson, street photography, candid, documentary photography, chiaroscuro, film


Biography of Daniel D. Teoli, Jr.

Date of Birth: December 1954 at Los Angeles, California

Education: B.A. California State University Los Angeles, California

I am a self-taught photographer. I first picked up a camera in 1969. Throughout the 1970’s & 1980’s I worked to document people I met as well as street life in Los Angeles and Hollywood, CA.  I am trained in all aspects of the wet darkroom, both in black and white and color.

Moving to the Northeast in the 1989, I continued my work with social documentary photography in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. In the 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 photography revolves around Hyper-Real HDR color street photography. But, I must give credit to 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 in West Virginia. This loss, as great as it was, inspired me to work diligently on archiving and preserving my photography.

In 2013 I produced a limited edition, hand-printed, hand bound artist’s book entitled “Peephole: Peering Into the World of 1970’s Hollywood and L.A.”  The book was placed with rare book library special collections in the US and UK. This book is also produced in a 'portfolio version' as a limited edition, commercially printed artist’s book.

Currently I am working on my second book of the ‘Peephole’ series entitled “Peephole: Bikers Mardi Gras”

Some of my mentors are 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 and Cristina Garcia Rodero.

Artist’s statement: “What you see…is what you get.”  

If I had do sum up my interest in photography…it must stem from a liking to being able to ‘freeze time.’ 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, shapes, composition, 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.  

Public Collections:

I have photograph(s) and / or bound limited edition print portfolios in the permanent collections 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

Oglebay Institute - Stifel Fine Arts Center, West Virginia

Mennello Museum of Art, Florida

Art Center College of Design - Special Collections, California

Brown University - Art and Architecture Library Special Collections, Rhode Island

University of California Berkeley - Art Library Special Collections, California

The Art Museum at The University of Kentucky, Kentucky *

Victoria and Albert Museum - National Art Library, U.K.

NYU - Fales Special Collections Library, New York

Mead Art Museum - Amherst College, Massachusetts

Amherst College - Special Collections Library, Massachusetts

Stanford University - Art & Architecture Special Collections Library, California

Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, China

Allen Memorial Museum - Oberlin College, Ohio

University of Exeter - Bill Douglas Centre, U.K.

Vassar College - Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, New York

Flint Institute of Art, Michigan *

Stockton College - Noyes Museum of Art, New Jersey *

California State Library Sacramento - Special Collections, California

International Center of Photography - Special Collections, New York

RISD Museum, Rhode Island  *

Fashion Institute of Technology - Special Collections Marcus Library, 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, Maine *

Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota, Minnesota *

Magyar Fotografiai Muzeum,  Hungary**

The Kinsey Institute, Indiana

University of  Southern California - One Archives, California

Bibliotheque Kandinsky, France *

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

University of Rochester - Special Collections Library, New York **

UCONN - Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, Connecticut **

Brooklyn Museum  - Special Collections Library, New York **

Muscarelle Museum of Art - College of William and Mary, Virginia ***


* Delivered - Pending Board Approval

** Accepted - Pending Delivery

*** Requested, Pending Delivery and Board Approval


I certify this biography is accurate as of  November 20, 2013


Daniel D. Teoli, Jr


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