An award winning editorial and advertising photographer and film director, Dan Wynn was known for his photographs of personalities, fashion, travel, and food. For more than forty-five years, virtually every prestigious magazine including Esquire, New York, Travel & Leisure, Seventeen, Time, Newsweek, Harper's Bazaar, Mccall's and Women's Day called upon him. His well-known covers appeared on record albums and international magazines and books (sometimes with himself as his model).
Born in Chicago, his family moved to Los Angeles when he was twelve. He attended the prestigious Chouinard Art School alternating his education at the University of California. Serving in the US Army Air Force during WWII, Dan learned how to take pictures and run a photo lab and, back in Los Angeles after the war, he attended the well-known Art Center School. While still a student there he won the Conde Nast Photo Contest.
Dan moved to New York in 1947 and got his editorial start at Seventeen Magazine where he quickly became successful shooting fashion. He went on to shoot major accounts for top advertising agencies including Revlon (with the legendary Kay Daly) and memorable campaigns for clients as diverse as International Paper, Van Raalte and Maidenform (the famous "I dreamed I was..… in my Maidenform bra"), and Ford cars, while continuing his photojournalist work covering great events such as Le Mans auto racing.
Wynn's New York studio, an east side carriage house with an enviable private garage on the street floor, was a busy place. His penetrating, revealing portraiture and photo essays included entertainers (Jimmy Durante, Dolly Parton), artists (Salvatore Dali), musicians (Duke Ellington, Luciano Pavarotti, Louis Armstrong), television personalities (Carol Burnett. Sid Caesar), movie stars (Robert DeNiro, Katherine Hepburn, Dustin Hoffman, Al Pacino), film directors, Hitchcock, Wilder, Capra, Truffout), fashion models (Suzy Parker) and such national figures as President and Mrs. Lyndon Johnson, Rose Kennedy, Norman Mailer, Gloria Steinem and the very young Bill Gates (for a Newsweek cover). With Malcolm Forbes, Dan traveled the world photographing their trip in the Forbes private plane.
Dan was a long-standing member of ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers.) His innovative photography was recognized with numerous awards from The New York Art Directors Club, Communication Arts and the American Institute of Graphic Arts, and in 1976 his photographs were included in The Family Of Man Exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Dan Wynn's photography has been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery for their permanent collection and has been seen in New York City at the Bonni Ben Rubi Gallery among others, and the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology.Wynn's editorial spreads of beautiful people and places in international cities, pubs, vineyards, and restaurants brought him into contact with the famous food personality and writer James Beard and subsequently such food personalities as Julia Child, Paul Prudhomme, Craig Claiborne and Alice Waters. In l963 he first photographed Mr. Beard and, until Jim's death, photographed him for book covers, Beard's various articles, recipes and food columns. In the process, he became one of America's most renowned food photographers.
Dan Wynn died in 1995 at age 75.
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