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.
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