San Diego-based Tim Mantoani has spent the last six years making 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.
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.