Johnny Cash (photographs)
The gallery will present its third solo exhibition of photographs from the estate of photographer, Leigh Wiener. Beginning his photojournalist career with the Los Angeles Times in the early fifties, Wiener became a free-lance photographer after the Korean War, documenting events such as atomic bomb testing, the Kennedy campaign and the funeral of Marilyn Monroe. He also became recognized for his photographs of arts and entertainment figures such as Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday and Robinson Jeffers, whose portraits are characterized by Wiener’s signature chiaroscuro and deep black backgrounds. Leigh Wiener created nine books on photography and produced an Emmy winning television series entitled “Talk About Pictures.” He died in 1993 at the age of 62. The current exhibition focuses on the photographs that Wiener made of the legendary Johnny Cash during five separate and extensive sessions in the early 60s. These images are included in the recent Five Ties Publication, Johnny Cash: Photographs by Leigh Wiener.