Garry Fabian Miller has a deserved reputation as one of the most progressive artists working with photography today. Much of Miller’s early work was landscape based. He gained international acclaim in the 1970’s for his photographs of sky, land and sea, particularly for the series titled Sea Horizons of England that were first shown at the Arnolfini Gallery in 1979.
Since the mid-1980s, Miller has worked without a camera using the techniques of early nineteenth century photographic exploration to experiment with the nature and possibilities of light as both medium and subject. His earliest camera-less photographs look back to the pioneers of photography in the 1830s and 1840s, passing light through translucent objects, principally leaves, seedpods and flower heads, into an enlarger and using them as transparencies through which light passed on to light-sensitive paper.
Since 1992, Miller explored a more abstract form of picture-making by passing light through coloured glass and liquid and cut paper forms. In sharp contrast to the norm of photographic exposures that last for a fragment of a second, Miller often uses long exposures lasting anywhere between one and twenty hours to create his unique and luminous images. As Christina Spens (Studio International) has said, 'Experiencing these works there is a growing feeling of being in some out-of-body space, in which our consciousness becomes an energy similar to light itself.'
For the last year or so the artist been striving in the darkroom and studio against the end of photography as he knows it, as the reserves of his materials and chemistry dwindle. The months of lockdown have, for Miller, represented the culmination of four decades of working without a camera, bringing images of light out of the dark to experiment with the possibilities of light and colour as both medium and subject.
The solo exhibition Midwinter Blaze was presented at Ingleby in 2019, accompanied by a major new book, BLAZE, introduced by Edmund de Wall. For Art Basel Miami Beach 2020 Ingleby made a digital solo presentation of new works made by the artist in the darkroom during lockdown.
Miller is represented in numerous private and public collections worldwide, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.