GREG GORMAN. A DISTINCT VISION: 1970-2010

18.04.2012 – 17.06. 2012

The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography presents a retrospective exhibition celebrating four decades of photography by Greg Gorman. Best known for his celebrity portraits and nudes, Gorman’s exhibition will include more then 190 images.

Leonardo Di Caprio, Los Angeles, 1994

From portraits and advertising campaigns to magazine layouts and fine art work, Greg Gorman has developed a unique style. His distinctive use of light in his black and white portraits is one of the identifying aspects of his photography.

Gorman's work has been used in film advertising and publicity campaigns as well as album and CD covers. Specially highlighted will be works featured in his book “In Their Youth” including previously unpublished images of male celebrities Leonardo Di Caprio, Viggo Mortensen, Johnny Depp, Rupert Everett, Keanu Reeves, Mark Wahlberg, Jude Law and Tom Cruise and the recently released book “Framed” which features images from his award winning advertising campaign for l.a.Eyeworks.

In the music field, Gorman has worked with Elton John, Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Morrissey, John Mayer, Bette Midler, Grace Jones and Frank Zappa to name a few. The list of the films that he has generated graphics and publicity for include “The Hurt Locker”, “Pirates of the Caribbean”, “King Arthur”, "Tootsie", "The Big Chill", "Bull Durham" and the Key Art Award winner “Pearl Harbor”.

Gorman has lectured and conducted seminars throughout the world including Digital Photographic Workshops at his studio in Mendocino, California. A project for Disney in conjunction with the Travel Association of America, took him on a 45-day shoot across the United States shooting subjects from all 50 states. The imagery was featured in the video “We The People.”

Born in 1949 in Kansas City, Missouri, Gorman attended the University of Kansas with a major in photojournalism. He completed his studies at the University of Southern California, graduating with a master of fine arts degree in cinematography in 1972. He currently resides in Los Angeles and Mendocino, California.

His works can be found in the permanent collections of Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Colorado Museum of Art, Portland Museum of Art.