Thursday, Dec 03, 2015 - 10:33 am
Exhibition to feature 30 portraits of photographers responsible for iconic images

San Diego, CAThe Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) will present Tim Mantoani: Behind Photographs from December 5, 2015 through January 10, 2016 at its La Jolla location.

Since 2006, Tim Mantoani has made portraits of the photographers responsible for some of the most iconic images in our popular cultural consciousness. While these images are instantly recognizable, their makers often remain unknown in mainstream culture, their names appearing in fine print and their likeness rarely shown. Using a 20 x 24 Polaroid camera, Mantoani shoots these photographers holding their favorite or most famous images.

William Wegman appears with a life-size photograph of his Weimaraner dog, Bobbin. Nick Ut presents his Pulitzer Prize-winning image of a young girl during a napalm attack in Vietnam. Michael Halsband poses with his double portrait of Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat, both sporting boxing gloves.

In Tim Mantoani: Behind Photographs, MCASD features a selection of approximately 30 of Mantoani’s photographs, which address the relationship between image and image maker, while simultaneously paying homage to the visual chroniclers of our age.

Please contact Leah Straub or Patricia B. Dwyer for high-resolution images of artworks, or to schedule interviews with MCASD’s Assistant Curator Anthony Graham.

Tim Mantoani: Behind Photographs is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Institutional support of MCASD is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture and the County of San Diego Community Enhancement Fund.

About Tim Mantoani
Commercial photographer Tim Mantoani is known for his editorial imagery for Sports Illustrated, Newsweek and ESPN, as well as advertising photography for Coors, Coca-Cola, EA Sports, and Oakley. A Brooks Institute of Photographer graduate, Mantoani managed the studio of photographer Dean Collins before opening his own in San Diego in 1995. In 2014, he hosted a six-part television series entitled SnapShot on KPBS, San Diego’s public television channel, where he led viewers on photographic expeditions around the eclectic subcultures of the city. In 2012 Mantoani published Behind Photographs, a book of 150 photographs that recognizes the photographers responsible for some of the world’s most iconic images. A selection of these images will be featured in the MCASD exhibition.

Founded in 1941, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) is the preeminent contemporary visual arts institution in San Diego County. The Museum's collection includes more than 4,600 works of art created since 1950. In addition to presenting exhibitions by international contemporary artists, the Museum serves thousands of children and adults annually at its varied education programs, and offers a rich program of film, performance, and lectures. MCASD is a private, nonprofit organization, with 501c3 tax-exempt status; it is supported by generous contributions and grants from MCASD Members and other individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies. Hugh M. Davies is The David C. Copley Director and CEO at MCASD. Institutional support for MCASD is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.