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George Daniell
1911-2002

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GEORGE DANIELL born and raised in Yonkers, was a photographer best known for his black-and-white portraits of actors, artists and writers. Also a painter, Daniell studied drawing at Yale University and New York's American People's School and Art Students League. He began taking photographs as a teenager in his native Yonkers, N.Y., and, after graduating from college, became a freelance photographer in New York City and Europe. His work appeared over the years in Time and Life magazines, among others, and is represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the National Gallery in Washington.

Daniell photographed celebrities throughout his travels in the United States and Europe, including a young Sophia Loren in a movie studio in Rome, Audrey hepburn on the set of "War and Peace," Tennesee Williams in Key West, Fla, Georgia O'Keefe, 10 year old Robert De Niro, Bernice Abbott, Lena Horne, Edith Hamilton and many more. These photographs are, as Robert Newman described, "as sometimes starkly dramatic, and at other times, mistily reflective, and disarmingly nostalgic and melodic."

Daniell met Georgia O.Keeffe, in the 1940s at Alfred Stieglitz's "An American Place" Gallery in New York and visited her Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico. "Besides Stieglitz, of course" O.Keeffe said of her friend, "George Daniell is one of my favorite photographers."

Also at Stieglitz's Gallery, Daniell met John Marin, one of the best known American landscape painters of his time. Daniell who photographed Marin at his homes in Cliffside, New Jersey and Cape Split, Maine, was described by Marin as having "that rare quality, the true eye of an artist."

Over the years Daniell has been the focus of numerous one man art gallery shows. Museums have acquired his work and included them in exhibitions at the Pennsylvania Academy of Art, Bowdoin College Museum, Colby College Museum and an Edward Steichen exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art..

After Daniell moved to Trenton, Maine in 1960, he spent more time painting than photographing. Daniell excelled in watercolors. His subjects ranged from the gay culture of New York's Fire Island, where he spent his youth, to Maine coastal life depicting nudes and still lifes of lobster, fruit and flowers.