Sandro Miller

Miller

 

My Hair, My Soul, My Freedom is a celebration of the diversity, artistry, and power of black women’s hair. This project is about highlighting the many ways in which black women embrace their freedom of choice and express their creativity through their hair, no matter the style or texture, whether they wear braids, dreadlocks, weaves, or whether they wear it natural or straightened. With each portrait in this ongoing project, I seek to recognize and honor black women’s power and beauty while celebrating blackness and black lives.

 

Black women haven’t always enjoyed the freedom to wear their hair as they please. Generally, African Americans have been subjected to centuries of racial hatred and oppression in the United States. And when it comes to hair—historically and to this day—black women have been policed and suppressed in numerous ways, including:

 

  • The dehumanizing practice of shaving African women’s hair during slavery, thus erasing signifiers of culture and identity.
  • A 1786 Louisiana law requiring black women—both enslaved and free—to cover their hair in public.
  • The expectation that black women conform to European standards of beauty by straightening their hair.
  • Black girls being sent home from school in 2017, due to school policies that deems their braids “inappropriate.”
  • Black women losing or being denied jobs because their natural hair is too “unprofessional” for today’s corporate environment.

 

For reasons such as these, I feel this project is necessary.

 

I asked each woman who sat for “My Hair, My Soul, My Freedom” to share her personal “hair story” with me. Working with a hair stylist and makeup artist, I was able to achieve a style of hair that my sitter had worn, or would be willing to wear out into the world today. Each woman’s skin was depicted with the same black tone to emphasizes the beauty of blackness, and serve as an equalizer to remove the potential for prejudicial skin color biases, and make hair the focal point. Additionally, my selection of decorative backgrounds was inspired by and includes several African prints. Though some models received striking black backgrounds, I selected the colorful and vibrant patterns for each person based on their individuality and the shapes and colors in their hair.

 

It has been my mission, for the past forty years, to travel the world photographing people from every culture and walk of life, capturing their beauty and their stories. “My Hair, My Soul, My Freedom” is a very important part of this mission.

 

Malkovich Series:

At the age of sixteen, upon seeing the work of Irving Penn, Sandro Miller knew he wanted to become a photographer. Mostly self-taught, Sandro relied on books published by many of the great artists canonized in photographic history.  Through their pictures, he learned the art of composition, lighting and portraiture. More than 30 years later, with clients ranging from Forbes, GQ and Esquire, to American Express, Coca-Cola and BMW, Sandro has secured his place as one of the top advertising photographers worldwide.  

His success in the commercial world allows him to continue his personal projects, which has included working in Cuba, photographing American blues musicians, various dance troupes, and extended endeavors with John Malkovich, his long time friend and collaborator. Sandro first met Malkovich in the late 1990s, while working on a job for Steppenwolf Theater. More than 16 years later, Sandro and John are still collaborating, which can be seen in their latest project, Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters.

In 2013, Sandro decided to do a project honoring the men and women whose photographs helped shape his career. After selecting thirty-five images to emulate, Sandro contacted Malkovich, who instantly agreed to participate. When speaking about Malkovich, Sandro states: “John is the most brilliant, prolific person I know. His genius is unparalleled. I can suggest a mood or an idea and within moments, he literally morphs into the character right in front of my eyes. He is so trusting of my work and our process… I’m truly blessed to have him as my friend and collaborator.”  

Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters honors photographs that have impacted Sandro. Pieces include Irving Penn’s photograph of Truman Capote in a corner; Bert Stern’s photographs of Marilyn Monroe; Dorothea Lange’s image of a migrant mother; Robert Mapplethorpe’s self-portrait with a gun; Annie Leibovitz’s iconic image of John Lennon and Yoko Ono; Diane Arbus’s classic photo of a boy with a hand grenade; Richard Avedon’s beekeeper, among many others.

John Malkovich is considered to be one the greatest American actors of the 21st century. In Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters, he demonstrates his chameleon-like proclivity, morphing into Albert Einstein, Che Guevara, John Lennon and Andy Warhol. Through his immense skill and Sandro’s amazing photographic eye, Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters pays respect to photographic history through the genius of a photographer and his muse.

Images from My Hair, My Soul, My Freedom are available as 20 x 15" and 50 x 37½" pigment prints made in editions of 15 + 3 AP's and 3 + 1 AP, respectively. Pieces range in price from $2400 to $12,000, depending on size and availability. 

Images from Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters are pigments prints made in a total edition of 35 + 5 AP's. Pieces range in price from $3,200 to $12,000, depending on size and availability. 

Warhol silkscreens from Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters are available as 28 x 28" and 36 x 36" silkscreens made in editions of 35 + 5 AP's and 10, respectively. Pieces range in price from $9,500 to $22,000, depending on size and availability.

Images from Psychogenic Fugue are available as 11 x 14" and 20 x 24" pigment prints made in editions of 25 and 25, respectively. Pieces range in price from $2200 to $4500, depending on size and availability. Some images are available as 40 x 60" pigment prints for $18,000.

Please call: (312) 266-2350 for prices of specific pieces.
Prices are print only unless otherwise indicated.

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Adodo R. 2, 2016
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Agent Dale Cooper, 2016
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Albert Watson / Alfred Hitchcock with Goose (1973), 2014
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Alberto Korda / Che Guevara (1960), 2014
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Amber B. 2 (Pink), 2016
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Andres Serrano / Piss Christ (1987), 2014
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Andy Warhol / Green Marilyn (1962), 2014
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Andy Warhol / Self Portrait (Fright Wig) (1986), 2014
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Annalise W. 1, 2017
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Annie Leibovitz / John Lennon and Yoko Ono (1980), 2014
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Annie Leibovitz / Meryl Streep, New York City (1981), 2014
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Arnold Newman / Igor Stravinsky, New York City, NY (1960), 2014
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Art Shay / Simone de Beauvoir (1950), 2014
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Arthur Sasse / Albert Einstein Sticking Out His Tongue (1951), 2014
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Ashanti M. 2, 2016
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Ashley C. 1, 2017
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Bert Stern / Marilyn in Pink Roses (from The Last Session) (1962), 2014
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Bert Stern / Marilyn Monroe, crucifix II (1962), 2014
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Bill Brandt / Eyes I (1960-1964), 2014
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Bill Brandt / Eyes II (1960-1964), 2014
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Bill Brandt / Eyes III (1960-1964), 2014
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Bill Brandt / Eyes IV (1960-1964), 2014
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Carl Fischer / Muhammad Ali, New York (1967), 2014
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Daja H. 1 (Braids), 2017
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David Bailey / Mick Jagger "Fur Hood" (1964), 2014
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Deja H. 2, 2017
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Diane Arbus / A Young Man in Curlers at Home on West 20th Street, N.Y.C (1966), 2014
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Diane Arbus / Child with a Toy Hand Grenade in Central Park, N.Y.C. (1962), 2014
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Diane Arbus / Identical Twins, Roselle, New Jersey (1967), 2014
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Dorothea Lange / Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California (1936), 2014
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Dream and Nightmare, 2016
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Edward Sheriff Curtis / Three Horses (1905), 2014
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Eikoh Hosoe / Man and Woman #6 (1960), 2014
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Elephant Man, 2016
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Elephant Man In His Bedroom, 2016
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Embette O. 1, 2016
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Fanta C. 1, 2016
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Felicity W. 2, 2016
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Folabomi O. 1, 2017
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Frank Booth, 2016
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Gordon Parks / American Gothic, Washington, D.C. (1942), 2014
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Henry Spencer, 2016
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Herb Ritts / Jack Nicholson I, London (1988), 2014
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Herb Ritts / Jack Nicholson II, London (1988), 2014
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Herb Ritts / Jack Nicholson III, London (1988), 2014
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Herb Ritts / Jack Nicholson IV, London (1988), 2014
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Horst P. Horst / Mainbocher Corset, Paris (1939), 2014
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Irving Penn / Pablo Picasso, Cannes, France (1957), 2014
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Irving Penn / Truman Capote, New York (1948), 2014
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Jackie D. 2, 2016
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Jewell D. 2, 2017
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Jim Marshall / Johnny Cash, San Quentin Prison (1970), 2014
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Lady in the Radiator, 2016
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Lady in the Radiator On Stage, 2016
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Log Lady, 2016
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Lutece B. 2, 2017
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Malkolynch At Entrance of the Red Room, 2016
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Malkolynch Time to Meditate, 2016
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Melody B. 1, 2016
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Mercedes S. 1, 2017
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Mystery Man, 2016
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Mystery Man and the Green Couch, 2016
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Mystery Man With Camera, 2016
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Philippe Halsman / Salvador Dalí (1954), 2014
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Pierre et Gilles / Jean-Paul Gaultier (1990), 2014
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Raeghn D. 1, 2017
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Raivyn J. 2, 2016
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Richard Avedon / Ronald Fischer, Beekeeper, Davis, California, May 9 (1981), 2014
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Robert Mapplethorpe / Self Portrait (1983), 2014
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Simone S. 2, 2017
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Stacey G. 1, 2017
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Stacey G. 2, 2017
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Stephanie K. 2, 2017
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Three Franks, 2016
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Victor Skrebneski / Bette Davis, Actor, 08 November (1971), Los Angeles Studio, 2014
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Victor Skrebneski / Orson Welles, Actor, 30 October (1970), Los Angeles Studio, 2014
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William Klein / Smoke and Veil, Paris (Vogue) (1958), 2014
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Yousuf Karsh / Ernest Hemingway (1957), 2014