"I think good dreaming is what leads to good photographs."
Wayne Miller joined Magnum Photos in 1958 and is currently a Magnum
American, b. 1918
Born in Chicago, Wayne Miller studied banking at the University of
Illinois, Urbana, while working part-time as a photographer. He went
on to study photo-graphy at the Art Center School of Los Angeles
from 1941 to 1942.
Miller served in the United States Navy, where he was assigned to
Edward Steichen's Naval Aviation Unit. After the war he settled in
Chicago and worked as a freelancer. In 1946-48, he won two
consecutive Guggenheim Fellowships and photographed
African-Americans in the northern states.
Miller taught photography at the Institute of Design in Chicago,
then in 1949 moved to Orinda, California, and worked for Life until
1953. For the next two years he was Edward Steichen's assistant on
the Museum of Modern Art's historic exhibit, The Family of Man. A
long-time member of the American Society of Magazine Photographers,
he was named its chairman in the summer of 1954. He became a member
of Magnum Photos in 1958, and served as its president from 1962 to
1966. His ambition throughout this period was, in his words, to
'photograph mankind and explain man to man'.
Having been active in environmental causes since the 1960s, Miller
then went to work with the National Park Service. He joined the
Corporation of Public Broadcasting as executive director of the
Public Broadcasting Environmental Center in 1970. After he retired
from professional photography in 1975 he devoted himself to
protection of California's forests. Along the way, Miller
co-authored A Baby's First Year with Dr Benjamin Spock, and wrote
his own book, The World is Young. He lives in California.
1941/42 Photography, The Art Center School of Los Angeles, USA
1938/40 Banking, University Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, USA
1946/48 Guggenheim Fellowships
2000 Chicago’s South Side 1946-48 (with Gordon Parks, Orville
and Robert B. Stepto), University of California Press, USA
1958 The World Is Young, Ridge Press, USA
1956 A Baby's First Year (with Benjamin Spock and John Reinhart),
Duell, Sloan and Pearce; USA\