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Open Casa: Michael Childers
August 25, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - October 22, 2017 @ 2:00 pmFree - $5
Open Casa: Michael Childers is on view from August 25 – October 15 and is free with general admission to Casa Romantica ($5).
Michael Childers is a renowned American photographer whose iconic portraits of celebrities and film, dance, and theater artists have been seen by millions of people over the past four decades on hundreds of magazine covers and in gallery and museum exhibitions worldwide.
Childers has photographed more than 200 magazine covers, including GQ, New York, TV Guide, Esquire, Los Angeles, Elle, Paris Match, Life, London Sunday Times Magazine, and both English and Italian Vogue. He has created more than 150 album covers and film posters for major motion picture studios and worked as a special photographer on dozens of films, among them Grease, The Year of Living Dangerously, and The Terminator.
Childer’s career began as a photographer theater productions, earning the distinction of being the only American photographer invited to photograph productions at Sir Laurence Olivier’s National Theatre in London. He went on to become a founding photographer for Andy Warhol’s Interview and After Dark magazines. For Dance magazine, he produced many covers including those featuring the Joffrey Ballet, the Royal Ballet, and the Alvin Ailey Dance Company. He also co-authored the book Bejart: The World of Dance.
In 2003, Palm Springs Art Museum presented a forty-year retrospective of Childers’ work. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Hollywood Photography at the Temecula Film Festival in 2004, and the Lifetime Achievement Award for Hollywood Photography from the Provincetown Film Festival that same year. In 2013, he received the Crystal Lens Award from Palm Springs Modernism Week and the Distinguished Photographer Award from the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair and recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Childers was awarded a star on the Palm Springs Walk of Fame in March of 2008, which was presented by Lily Tomlin for his work in photography, film and humanitarian causes.
His work is in the permanent collections of Seattle Art Museum, National Portrait Gallery of London, Victoria & Albert Museum, British Film Institute Library, Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, Palm Springs Art Museum, the Photography Museum at University of California at Riverside, Las Vegas Art Museum, Laguna Art Museum, Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Marion Center for the Photographic Arts in Santa Fe, Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in Beverly Hills, Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, Seattle Art Museum, Scripps College Museum of Art, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Patrick and Beatrice Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Begovich Gallery at California State University at Fullerton, and the Santa Monica Museum of Art.