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Jim McHugh

McHugh's photographs capture the ghost of what was — and might be again — LA's promise of beauty and the sunny, shadowy, glittering character of America in its vintage red-carpet regalia.

-Shana Nys Dambrot, Flavorpill


For over twenty-five years renowned photographer Jim McHugh has been known for this acclaimed, celebrity portraits and investigative features in People Magazine and Vanity Fair.


McHugh has pursued a unique collaboration with the creative personalities of our era. Having photographed portraits of many artists McHugh has had several books published including “The Art of Light and Space” by Abbeville Press and “California Painters: New Work” by Chronicle Press. His portrait of David Hockney is the cover of Hockney’s book “That’s the Way I See It“ and is in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery in London.


The artist’s recent large format Polaroid prints of Los Angeles demonstrate McHugh’s capacity to photograph seemingly common things in an extraordinary manner. Primarily documenting the unseen or disappearing architectural and urban icons of Los Angeles. His collection contains over 4,000 photographs of this city.


McHugh's photography has garnered many awards and is included in prominent collections such as The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Walker Art Center, and The Polaroid Collection.


The artist has been exhibited widely, nationally and internationally, with solo exhibitions in New York, Santa Monica, and in Paris. McHugh won The International Photography Awards’ First Prize for Fine Art Photography 2007 for his photographs of South Bank in London. In 2008, The George Eastman House honored McHugh with Best of Show for his Architectural imagery of Los Angeles. The Kodak-George Eastman House has also acquired his prints for their Permanent Collection in New York.

Art Fairs


2019 Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary, Timothy Yarger Fine Art, Palm Beach, FL

2018, LA Art Show, Timothy Yarger Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA

2018 Texas Contemporary, Timothy Yarger Fine Art, Houston, TX

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