LOS ANGELES, CA.- Seldom does a generational giant come along and share with us his vision of the world, garnered by an insatiable curiosity about people and life. In celebration of his 90th birthday, Henri Dauman’s newest solo exhibition A Cinematic Eye at KP PROJECTS, does just that. Spanning four decades as a photojournalist and photographer, Dauman’s images capture powerful cultural and social moments that serve as elegant testimony to modern America. His photographs speak to us about us.
According to TIME magazine, Henri Dauman created “photos that play like a slideshow of some of the biggest moments in American history and popular culture.” From Brigitte Bardot to the ERA movement of the 60’s, Dauman's iconic imagery defined the 20th century. His oeuvre offers context to an evolving America, depicting key moments when new arts emerged, and an increasingly disparate society asserted itself, when the worlds of politics and media first started to converge. While on assignment, Dauman captured poignant images of celebrities, musicians, politicians, pop culture icons and a myriad of pivotal moments. His wide range of subjects included film siren Marilyn Monroe, Pop icon Andy Warhol, writers Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams, musicians Elvis Presley, Miles Davis and Philip Glass and legendary film makers Federico Fellini and Godard. He also travelled internationally to bring perspective to the Castro revolution in Cuba, and Buddhists factions in Vietnam. Dauman’s images graced the pages of LIFE magazine, The New York Times, Newsweek and other international publications for over four decades.