George Daniell Self Portrait in Pantheon, Rome, Italy
Medium Silver print
Photo Date 1955c Print Date 1955c
Dimensions 10-3/8 x 10-1/2 in. (264 x 267 mm)
Photo Country Italy
Photographer Country United States (USA)
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
Titled and signed on verso in pencil. Date of "1955?" in unknown hand. Passes black light test. Born in Yonker in 1911, George Daniell, 91, a photographer best known for his black-and-white portraits of actors, artists and writers, died on September 18, 2002 in Bar Harbor, ME of complications from a stroke he suffered in 1988. At first 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, NY, 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 as and where he found them in his travels about the United States and Europe: a young Sophia Loren in a Rome movie studio, Audrey Hepburn on the set of "War and Peace," Tennessee Williams in Key West, FL Georgia O'Keeffe on her Ghost Ranch in New Mexico, and W.H. Auden smoking a cigarette and lounging in a doorway on the Italian island of Ischia. He called Loren "the most beautiful woman I've ever seen," and O'Keeffe "very nice and very warm" but an artist treasuring her privacy. After Daniell moved to Trenton, ME in 1960, he spent more time painting than photographing.
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