Sandy Dakota Daley

Sandy Daley

Title: Retired Artist, Retired Filmmaker, Retired Photographer

Location: Brooklyn, New York, United States

Sandy Dakota Daley, Retired Artist, Filmmaker and Photographer, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in photography, filmmaking and art.

Ms. Daley’s body of work as an artist illustrates the career of a trailblazer. For example, she collaborated with Nicholas Quennell and reinvented emulsion after studying 19th century photographers. After reaching out to Kodak for the instructions on how to do this process, she was left empty-handed and decided to figure it out for herself. In 1965, they displayed their photographic emulsions on canvas, which were life-sized images of themselves in an Adam and Eve show at the Dwan Gallery. At 24, her art was displayed alongside the work of Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein in the Arena of Love Show at the Dwan Gallery. She was also one of the few female artists featured in the show. Her influence on the art world extends to her mentoring of Robert Mapplethorpe in 1969, working with him every day by showing and teaching him everything about 19th century photography, emphasizing photography could be a mixed media endeavor when mixed with other objects, and that she believed photography would become a fine art.

Growing up, Ms. Daley always had an artistic eye and decided to pursue this passion in her higher education. She received a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Oberlin College in 1961, where she was coeditor with Geoffrey C. Ward of Contemporary Photographer Magazine. She received a Master of Fine Arts from the California College of the Arts with high distinction in 1965. She has been guided by the principle that your aim as an artist is in the name of the art, not in the subject matter. She has mentored many other artists in this respect.

Ms. Daley has been credited with involvement on numerous films, including “London Mysteries,” with director Sally Potter, released in 1964, “Robert Having his Nipple Pierced,” with Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith, released in 1970, and “Patty Having her Knee Tattooed” with Patti Smith, Sam Shepard and Vali, released in 1971. In addition, she was credited as the director and producer of a live mixed media performance, “Cine Probe,” shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in 1971. She is widely recognized for the photo album, “Backstage with the Rolling Stones,” which was shot at the Civic Auditorium in San Francisco in 1965. Her involvement with Cine Portraits includes portraits of Leonard Cohen, Edie Sedgwick, Gregory Corso, the Incredible String Band, Lucy Colella, Arthur C. Clark, Harry Smith, and Syd Barrett. In addition, Ms. Daley was associated with The Hotel Chelsea from 1965 to 1975. She was involved in a collaborative proposal for “Experiments in Art and Technology” with a group of artists and scientists for the Osaka World’s Fair in 1970.


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