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Greg Miller May 1, 2009

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Italy.
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From the series “Primo Amore”, Italy, 2001

Greg Miller ( b.1967, American) While maintaining a commercial photography career that began in 1988, Miller has produced several bodies of personal work including photographs from County Fairs, Marching Band Camps and Ash Wednesday. In 2008, this work earned him a Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. Since 2001, he has taught regularly at The International Center of Photography in New York. He received a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in photography from the School of Visual Arts in 1990. Greg lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter.

About the Photograph:

“I took this picture of Doriana and Mirko in 2001, during my third trip to Italy.  Mirko is an amateur body builder.  He and Doriana had been dating for about a year at the time this picture was taken.  I had been bugging Mirko for weeks to photograph him.  He would always agree to meet me, but then would not show. After a couple of times, his mother intervened and he finally agree to meet us at Via Appia, the oldest Roman road.  I was playing around with the idea of Mirko being a  blue jean wearing, modern Roman god in an ancient setting.  I took a few photographs of  him alone, then a few with some tourists nearby.  As the sun was going down, I asked Doriana if she would be in the picture.  I took two sheets of them together.  In the first, Doriana was looking at Mirko.  As I was taking the film holder out of the camera, I saw that she turned and looked away in a most solitary gesture.  She was miles away from us at that moment. That was the picture.”

“I returned to Italy two years later. Mirko and Doriana had since broken up. I believe, most of the time, photographs tell a story that are not aligned with the realities of the actual people in the picture.  It could have been equally as plausible to make this same picture of a couple that went on to live out their lives together.  Unfortunately, as is the case with this picture, the story and the reality aligned.”

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