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Jim McHugh : Close Up By Patricia Lanza


Jim McHugh is an American photographer. Living in Los Angeles his work is extensively centered on the culture of celebrity. The long–term relationship with the British-born and Los Angeles based artist, David Hockney began over forty years ago. In that first meeting and photography session, the most famous portrait of David was created. This is the cover of Hockney’s autobiographical book, The Way I See It. McHugh’s portraiture of artists continued over a decade, including John Baldessari, Ed Moses and Edward Ruscha to name a few. The result was several book publications: The Art of Light and Space by Abbeville Press, and California Painters: New Work by Chronicle Press. McHugh attended the master’s program at the UCLA Film School. His extensive editorial work, produced hundreds of covers and thousands of stories traveling the world, began as an original contributing photographer for People magazine (for twenty-five years), and Architectural Digest, as well as being the official photographer for the Grammy Awards. He is renowned for his large format Polaroid images of Los Angeles, urban landscapes monumentalizing that which is now invisible and derelict....

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