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Wayne Miller

Born in Chicago, Wayne Miller (1918-2013) studied banking at the University of Illinois, Urbana, while working part-time as a photographer. He went on to study photography at the Art Center School of Los Angeles. Miller served in the United States Navy, where he was assigned to Edward Steichen's Naval Aviation Unit. In 1946-48, he won two consecutive Guggenheim Fellowships and photographed African-Americans in the northern states.

Miller taught photography at the Institute of Design in Chicago, then moved to Orinda, California, and worked for Life from 1949 to 1953. He was Edward Steichen's assistant on MoMA’s historic exhibition, The Family of Man. He then went to work with the National Park Service, after he retired from professional photography in 1975 he devoted himself to protection of California's forests.