Jeff Dunas is an American Photographer whose work spans five decades. His work has appeared in hundreds of magazines, album covers, books and calendars. Dunas’ principal areas of work have included Nudes, Documentary, Celebrity & Portrait and Street Photography. He is the author is 8 monographs and 5 museum catalogues. As an entrepreneur, he founded Melrose Publishing Company, Collector’s Editions, Ltd., launched, Edited and Published Collectors Photography magazine, published Darkroom Photography (later Camera & Darkroom). Dunas founded the Palm Springs Photo Festival in 2006 and the Official Portfolio Review at PhotoPlus Expo in 2010. In 2014, he produced & directed PhotoSynthesis, a photography & music festival in Los Angeles for the Annenberg Foundation. He work has been shown in twelve, one-person museum exhibitions and over 50 gallery exhibitions. Dunas has lived between Los Angeles and Paris, France since 1974.
* 1954 Born in Los Angeles
* 1971 Began photography professionally
Completed two years at University of California at Los Angeles
* 1972-1980 Contributed photographic essays and portfolios to publications worldwide on a freelance basis
* 1974 Established residence in Paris, France
* 1981 Founded Melrose Publishing Company. Captured Women published in 6 languages.
* 1982 Mademoiselle! Published in 3 languages.
* 1983 Founded Collector’s Editions Ltd., mail order distributor of fine art photography publications
* 1983-7 Published twenty four fine art photography books by various authors, including Paper Dolls by Art Kane and By the Sea by Robert Farber
* 1985-1988 Launched Collectors Photography Magazine. Wrote and published over 100 interviews and profiles with photographers for Collectors Photography and Darkroom Photography magazines.
* 1987 Acquired Darkroom Photography magazine
* 1988 Sold the Melrose Publishing Group
* 1989 Returned to commercial, fashion, beauty and fine art photography
* 1994 Built Studio 1289 in Los Angeles
Produced and Directed 26 minute documentary film entitled “Willy Ronis: Menilmontant / Belleville” Les Fruit du Hasard shown during the Month of Photography in Paris, France (Pavillion des Arts)
* 1996 Photographed rural Mississippi Delta region for one month – supported by Agfa GmbH and Mamiya Camera France
Created website DUNAS.COM
* 1998 State of the Blues, Published by Aperture, October
Golden Light Award, Maine Photographic Workshops for State of the Blues
Photographie Photokina 1998 Top Job Award
Finalist, Alfred Eisenstadt Award for Portraiture
* 2000 Received the Keeping the Blues Alive Award from the Blues Foundation, Memphis Tennessee
* 2002 / 2003 American Pictures Published by Aperture / Konemann
* 2003 Jeff Dunas: Eros Fotografia (Published by Gruppo Editoriale L’Espresso, Milan)
Up Close & Personal Published by Merrell Publishers
Received Best People Photographer award from International Photography Awards competition
* 2005 Founded PALM SPRINGS PHOTO FESTIVAL
* 2006 Published Working America with Steve McCurry & James Natchewey (Toyota / Saatchi)
* 2007 Present Director, Palm Springs Photo Festival
* 2008 Received Foto Mentor Award from Fotofusion
* 2009 Published The Character Project, Published by Chronicle Books with Sylvia Plachy, Mary Ellen Mark and others
* 2010 Launched The Official Portfolio Review at PhotoPlus Expo in conjunction with Nielsen Media & Photo District News magazine.
* 2014 Produced PhotoSynthesis, a photography & music concert / festival for the Annenberg Foundation in Los Angeles.
PUBLIC & INSTITUTIONAL COLLECTIONS
Bibliotheque Nationale, France
Collezione Fontana, Galleria Civila de Modena, Modena Italia
Collezione Lanfranco Colombo, Accademia Carrara di Bergamo, Italy
The Elizabeth Collection, Rochester, New York
George Eastman House Museum, Rochester, New York
Galerie Municipal du Château D’Eau, Toulouse, France
Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin
Leica Camera GmbH, New Jersey
Leica Camera GmbH, Solms, Germany
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Maison de la Photographie Europeen, Collection de la Ville de Paris, Paris
Margulies Collection, Miami, Florida
MR Collection, Brescia, Italy
Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea Ken Damy, Brescia, Italy
Museum of Fine Arts (Houston)
Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach
Polaroid Collection International, Offenbach, Germany
Sachs Foundation, Munich
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara
U.S. Sprint Collection
2010 Daniel Miller Gallery, Los Angeles: Mid-Career Retrospective: Four Bodies of Work. January – February
Muzeo, Anaheim, California. State of the Blues. February – July
2008 Museo di Santa Giula, Brescia, Italy
Biennale della Fotografia IV.
American Pictures June 12 September 30
2007 Palm Beach Photographic Center, Delray Beach, Florida. Up Close & Personal. January 1-30
2005 Contemporary American Photography Exhibition, International Fototage, Mannheim / Ludwigshafen, Germany. State of the Blues. June 16-July 10
La FNAC, Le Mans, France. American Pictures. January 17-March 26.
2004 L’Arsenale (Lago d’Iseo, Italy), Up Close & Personal. June 10 – August 30, 2004
ArcLight (Hollywood, California), Up Close & Personal. November 17, 2003 – January 15, 2004
Off Main Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, California American Indians. November 9 – December 5
Off Main Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, California Up Close & Personal. November 16, 2003
Daniel Azoulay Gallery, Miami, Florida. American Pictures. November 7 – December 2
Ritz Theater, La Villa Museum, Jacksonville, Florida. State of the Blues. September 25 – November 20
Castello di Corigliano, Corigliano, Calabro, Italy. The Expressive Nude. July 22 – August 20, 2003
Bertinoro City Hall, Bertinoro, Forli, Emilia Romagna, Italy. American Indians & Mountain Men. June 15 – July 6, 2003
Media Rare / Off Main Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, California State of the Blues. December 2002 – February 7, 2003
FotoFest Vine Street Gallery, Houston, Texas State of the Blues. October 25 – December 9.
The Original Gallery, Nice, France. American Pictures. September 30-October 30
The Elizabeth Collection, Rochester, New York, Three Directions: Recent Work September 13-October 27, 2002
La FNAC Nimes, Nimes, France, American Pictures July 2 – September 7
Matrix Gallery, Brescia, Italia. Indian & Mountain Men June 13-September 8
Ohr O’Keefe Museum of Art, Biloxi, Mississippi, State of the Blues, May 3-June 15
La FNAC Italie, Paris, France, American Pictures, March 12-April 15
2001 Stephen Cohen Gallery, Los Angeles, American Pictures>, November 9 – December 29, 2001
Lubbock Fine Art Center, Lubbock, State of the Blues, September 1 – October 31
Leica AG, Solms, Germany. Il Nudo Italiano. July, 2001.
Palm Beach Photographic Centre, Palm Beach, Florida. American Pictures. January – March.
2000 Museo Ken Damy di Fotographia Contemporanea, Brescia, Italy, Nudo Italiano, July 22- August 21
African American Cultural Museum, Philadelphia, State of the Blues, June 1 – August 30
1999 African American Museum, Dallas, Texas, State of the Blues, September 24-November 28
Museo Ken Damy di Fotographia Contemporanea, Brescia, Italy, Blues Legends, June 6 – July 11
DuSable Museum of African American History, Chicago, State of the Blues, June 3 – September 12, 1999
Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, State of the Blues, June 4 – July 10
Fahey Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, State of the Blues, May 27, July 10
American Jazz Museum, Kansas City, Missouri, State of the Blues,May 7 – September 12
21st International Foto Festival, Knokke – Heist, Belgium, 20 Years of Nudes, March 28 – April 18.
California African American Museum, Los Angeles, State of the Blues, February 5- March 28
1998 Delta Blues Museum, Clarksdale, Mississippi, State of the Blues, November 1998 – January 1999
Imagine Galerie, Modena, Italia, Nudes, 6 June – 3 July
Shadai Gallery, Tokyo Institute of Polytechnics, Tokyo, Japan Laura, May 21-July 31
1997 Hotel du Forum, Arles, France. 28ieme Rencontres d’Arles, “20 ans de nus”
Musée Tour Carre, St. Maxime, France – Rencontres d’Aphoram, St. Maxim, France 20ans de Nus May 21-June 1
Galerie Aphoram, Ramatuelle, France 20 ans de nus, June 4-July 3
House of Blues, Los Angeles; Permanent Installation, “Legends of Blues”
1996 Delta Blues Museum, Clarksdale, Mississippi, “Legends of the Blues,” August 1-November 1. With support from the HOUSE of BLUES
Hotel du Forum, 27ieme Rencontres d’Arles, Arles France 16 portraits from
“Legends of the Blues” series. July 4-21
Museo Ken Damy di Fotografia Contemporanea, Milano, Italia “America” June 3 – July 2
1995 Leica Headquarters, Solms, Germany “Laura” October 1-30
Museo Ken Damy di Fotografia Contemporanea, Brescia, Italia “America” June 25-July 20
1994 Museo Ken Damy Milano, Milan, Italy, “Laura” November 8-26 1994
Hotel du Forum, Arles, France “Laura – 20 Images” July 5-13, 1994 25ieme Rencontres d’Arles. Sponsored by LEICA CAMERA GMBH.
1993 Museo Ken Damy di Fotografia Contemporanea, Brescia, Italy “The Laura Series.” September 12 – October 11.
Accademia Belle Arti di Bologna, Bologna, Italy, “The Blue Series.” April
1992 Rosamilia Photogallery, Salerno, Italy. “Mountain Men” and
“American Indian and Mountain Men” series. September 20 – October 4.
Ken Damy Photogallery, Milan. “American Indian and Mountain Men Series”.
May 5-June 4.
1991 Rosamilia Photogallery, Salerno, Italia. “Duotones and Blue Series”
Capovolto Galleria D’Arte, Montichiari, Italy
1990 Ken Damy Photogallery, Milan. “Blue Series” and “Duotone” series.
Eastman Kodak Exhibit, Cour des Podestats, 21ieme Rencontres d’Arles,
Arles, France. ” American Indian and Mountain Men Series”
1989 New England Photographic Workshops, New Milford, Connecticut. “Recent Work”
1988 Festival “Off,” Arles, France. Public projection of the “Blue Series.”
1985 Photokina, Cologne
1983 Tekno Gallery, Los Angeles
1981 G. Ray Hawkins Gallery, Los Angeles
Chicago Status Gallery, Chicago,
Neikrug Photographica Gallery, New York. Captured Women.
Undressed: Classic Nude Photography. Flatfile Galleries, Chicago, Illinois, Jeff Dunas, Lucien Clergue, Claudio Andreini. March 3-April 30
Contemporary American Photography Exhibition International Fototage, Mannheim / Ludwigshafen, Germany. “State of the Blues.” June 16-July 10 State of the Blues
Convento dei Crociferi, Pavia, Italia. “Paesaggi del Corpo” with Lucien Clergue, Franco Fontana and Rafael Navarro. 8 March – 10 April.
FlatFile Galleries, Chicago, Illinois. Fame. January 7-February 6.
La Conciergerie, Paris France. La Collection Photographique de la FNAC. October 30 – November 30.
Daniel Azoulay Gallery, Miami, Florida. Summer Group Show
Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery, Dallas, Texas. Mondo Cane (A Dog’s World), May 30 – July 5.
Ataraxia Gallery, 28th Rencontres d’Arles, Arles, France. American Pictures: Color Work.
Group SHow with Jock Sturges& James Fee
Leica “Magic Moments II” Curated by Michael Koetzle
Tra Pittura e Fotograpfia – AAB, Brescia, Italy
Focus on Aids Exhibition and Auction, Director’s Guild, Hollywood, California
“Indians in Camargue” Regional Parc du Camargue, Centre Ginés, Saintes-Maries- de-la-Mer, France
“40 Years of Leica”, Travelling Exhibition
San Marino International Photomeeting, San Marino Italy.
Bologna, and Rassegna, Italy. “Erotica”
L.A. Nude III. Photo Impact, Hollywood.
The Black Book Show, Los Angeles, New York
Fondazione Ragghianti, Lucca. “Il Nudo in Fotografia,” traveled to
venues in Brescia and Milano.
The Black Book Show, Los Angeles, New York.
Giornate Internazionali di Fotografie, Allessandria, Italy. “Nudo Artistico.”
Journee d’Images Professionals, Arles, France
Palermo Photographic Workshops, Palermo, Italy
Silver Image Gallery, Seattle. “The Fine Art Nude.”
Salon de la Photo, Paris. “The Contemporary Nude: Three Photographers.”
G. Ray Hawkins Gallery, Los Angeles. “Focus on AIDS” benefit
20ieme Rencontres d’ Arles, France. Public projection: “Lucien Clergue: History of the Nude in Photography.”
G. Ray Hawkins Gallery, Los Angeles. “The Nude Male/Female.”
“Das Aktfoto,” traveled to venues in Munich, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Vienna, Dortmund, Hamburg, Erlangen, Bremen, Geneva, Zurich, Milan, Rome and Paris.
Neikrug Photographica Gallery, New York.
Creatus Gallery, Paris.
Monographs on the Artist
The Blues, Complete 2005 Calendar, Pomegranate, Petaluma, California 2004
Jeff Dunas Up Close & Personal, London & New York. Merrell Publishers 2003
Jeff Dunas Eros Fotografia, Milano. Gruppo Editoriale L’Espresso 2003
Jeff Dunas American Pictures, Köln. Könemann Verlag 2001
Jeff Dunas, Catalogue, 21st International Foto Festival, Knokke-Heist, Belgium, 1999
State of the Blues, New York. Aperture 1998. Supported by the House of Blues.
Disappearing America, Brescia. Edizioni del Museo 1995. Supported by MAMIYA CAMERA and KODAK ITALY. Text by Giovanna Calvenzi and Ken Damy. Catalogue.
Laura . Brescia: Edizioni del Museo, 1993. Supported by LEICA CAMERA GmbH and KODAK ITALY. Text by Ken Damy and Laura Morton. Catalogue.
Indians and Mountain Men . Brescia: Edizioni del Museo, 1992. Includes text by Gail Bruce and Ken Damy. Italian and English text. Supported by KODAK ITALY. Catalogue.
Jeff Dunas: Blue Series & Duotones. Brescia: Edizioni del Museo, 1991. Includes text by Ken Damy, Mauro Corradini, Giandomenico Semeraro. Supported by KODAK ITALY
Jeff Dunas . Cologne: Taco Verlag, 1989. Includes text by Angelika Muthesius. German, French and English text.
Voyeur . Los Angeles: Melrose Publishing Company, 1983. Slipcased. Includes preface by Roger Borniche. American, French, British and book club editions produced.
Mademoiselle! . Los Angeles: Melrose Publishing Company, 1982. American, French editions produced. Later reprinted in softcover.
Captured Women . Los Angeles: Melrose Publishing Company, 1982. American, British, German, Japanese, French and both American & British book club editions produced. Later reprinted in softcover.
RECORD ALBUMS & COMPACT DISCS
Janiva Magness “Original,” Fathead Music
Johnny Mathis, “Sending You a Little Christmas,” Columbia
Janiva Magness “Humpty Dumpty,” Alligator Records
Janiva Magness “The Devil is an Angel Too,” Alligator Records
Johnny Mathis, “A Night to Remember”, Reprise Records
Janiva Magness “What Love Will Do,” Alligator Records
Janiva Magness, “Do I Move You?”, Alligator Records
Alice Coltrane, “Translinear Light,” Verve
Janiva Magness, “Bury Him At the Crossroads,” Alligator Records
Kenny Rankin, “A Song for You,” Verve
John Hammond, “Wicked Grin,” Virgin Records
Ike Turner, “Here and Now,” Rooster Records
Etta James, Windham Hill Group
Mo Rogers, GRP Music, Inc
Eric Sardinas, Evidence Music
Lazy Lester, Antones
Etta James, Windham Hill Group
Leon Russell, Capital Records
James McNally, “James McNally,” Windham Hill Group
Howard and the White Boys, “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?,” Chase Music Group
Duke Robillard “Dangerous Places,” Virgin Records
Neil Diamond “Tennessee Moon,” Columbia
Kenny Wayne Shepherd “Aberdeen,” Revolution (Warner Bros)
William Clarke, “The Hard Way,” Alligator Records
Suzanna Hoffs, “Unconditional Love,” Sony Music
Issiac Hayes, “Groovin’,”
Olivia Newton John, “Come on Over,” MCI Records
FotoFusion: FotoMentor Lifetime Achievement Award
2003 International Photography Awards, “People Photographer of the Year”
Blues Foundation, W.C. Handy, “Keeping the Blues Alive” Award
Golden Light Awards State of the Blues.
Photographie Photokina 1998 Top Job Award
Print Magazine Photography Award. Self Promotion Category.
Washington Journalism Review Honorary Mention News Series
New York Art Director’s Club Gold Award for Collectors Photography
Two “Maggies” (Western Publication Association) awarded for
One “Maggie” (Western Publication Association) awarded for
“Benjamin Franklin Award” (Publisher’s Marketing Association) for
By the Sea by Robert Farber
“Benny” (Printing Industry Association) award for
Six certificates of merit awarded from the New York Art Director’s Club for Collectors Photography and By the Sea by Robert Farber.
Three “Maggies” (Western Publication Association) for Collectors
Certificate of Merit from Los Angeles Art Director’s Club. “The One Show.” For Viva Magazine portfolio.