Published Work

Portfolio Portfolio: Art Myers—A Quarter Century of Photographs by Art Myers, 2015, Photographic Gallery of Fine Art Books, San Diego, CA

About the Book

This book presents the heart of Myers’ image making. The first half of the book, “The Family of Women,” is poignantly introduced by the nationally influential arts writer Leah Ollman. The photographs document women coping with life-altering adversities whose misfortunes are frequently spoken about only in hushed tones—HIV, cancer, homelessness. Myers approaches his subjects with knowledge and understanding and with the sensitivity of a caring physician. In Portfolio’s second half, “Beyond The Family of Women,” Myers presents a potpourri of more traditional subjects—sometimes seriously and other times humorously. And without apology, he focuses his camera on the beauty and grace of the human body.

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Paris Mine Paris Mine: Snapshots less seen of the City of Light…and beyond by Art Myers, 2011, Photographic Gallery of Fine Art Books, San Diego, CA

About the Book

"Simple, unfussy images of an afternoon stroll through Paris." That is how photographer Art Myers describes his book Paris Mine: Snapshots less seen of the City of Light…and beyond. For those yet to visit these seductive places, the 102 black and white photographs are a gleeful tease. For those who have already traveled to Paris and some of its easily reached neighbors these "walking around" pictures, as Myers calls them, will rekindle pleasant memories.

Out of print; select photographs can be seen in the image gallery section of this website.

Winged-Victory-2nd-ed Winged Victory: Altered Images—Transcending Breast Cancer by Art Myers, Poetry by Maria Marrocchino, Second Edition, Revised and Expanded with the addition of French women, 2009, Photographic Gallery of Fine Art Books, San Diego, CA

About the Book

"This book of photographs celebrates the strength and beauty of women who have survived breast cancer. Beautifully poignant poetry and vignettes.... The powerful effect of this book is exhilarating. The book is necessary and encouraging for cancer survivors, their loved ones and others who challenge themselves in life."
Lisa Phelps, Small Press Magazine

Art Myers' Inspiration for Publishing this Book

I am still haunted by the memory of the phone call from my mother telling me in a trembling voice that my sister Joanne, still in her thirties, had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Following a prolonged heroic battle to survive she was to eventually die from the disease. Two decades later I anxiously faced a surgeon in a hospital waiting room as he uttered the dreaded words, "Your wife has breast cancer."

I was not prepared for the overwhelming effect that breast cancer in two close family members would have on my life. I learned that anxiety about survival, initially the most important worry, can give way later to a new unease both in the survivor and her partner. The woman may begin to cover her nakedness fearing a spouse's averted glance, or turn away from the reflection in a mirror that constantly reminds her of fears of diminished femininity. A partner withdraws a hand to avoid touching a scar where once was a graceful curve. Lovers draw apart, an absent breast now a barrier to their intimacy. I undertook this photographic project hoping to show that a woman's fundamental nature is not dependent on anything external; that the loss of part or all of her breast is not a threat to her essential being. I hope that these pictures, personal vignettes about the women, and poems created especially for this book, will reveal the persistence of a woman's beauty, strength and femaleness in all of its complexity, even after the transforming experience of breast cancer.


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The Amazon Body (Le Corps Amazone) The Amazon Body (Le Corps Amazone), Documentary Film, 2010, A Wild Eye/France 3 Bourgogne Franche Comté/Images Plus Co-Production, Filmed and Directed by Anja Unger, Executive Producers Bernard Bloch and Frédéric Féraud, 75 minutes

About the Film

The Amazon Body discusses female beauty after breast removal due to cancer. The documentary follows Myers in Paris as he photographs women having undergone treatment for breast cancer. Annick Parent, Co-Founder of the support group les amazones s'exposent, for French women who have undergone breast cancer surgery, explains modern-day Amazons as women who have lost a breast in their battle with cancer, but certainly not their vitality. They have risen to the challenge of changing the way we look at Amazons by allowing us to familiarize ourselves with what is seldom seen: a woman with a single breast. Wild Eye Productions, Anja Unger, les amazones s'exposent

Song of Nyumbani, Dance and Documentary Film Song of Nyumbani, Dance and Documentary Film, 2004, Produced by Art Myers, Filmed and Directed by Ané and Gina Vecchione, Dance and Choreography by Jean Isaacs' San Diego Dance Theater, Music by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Choir San Diego, 37 minutes

About the Dance and Film

The dance, Song of Nyumbani, was inspired by the photographs Myers shot at Kenya's Nyumbani orphanage for children who are HIV positive. The production was filmed live at the premiere of this "dance of hope" at the University of California, San Diego.

Out of print but can be viewed at Song of Nyumbani.

Nyumbani: The First Facility for HIV Positive Orphans in Kenyam Nyumbani: The First Facility for HIV Positive Orphans in Kenya, Photographs by Art Myers, 2000

About the Monograph

This is a collection of black and white photographs Art Myers produced while visiting Nyumbani, a Kenyan orphanage for HIV positive children.

Out of print; select photographs can be seen in the image gallery section of this website.

Women First Women First, Photographs by Art Myers, Agouron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., 1999

About the Book

Women First documents a clinical drug trial designed to test new HIV medications in women. Myers' photographs show peace and yearning, solitude and togetherness, faith, and the search for answers. The images convey the women's will to thrive and confidence in their destiny.

Out of print; select photographs can be seen in the image gallery section of this website.

Women First Winged Victory: Altered Images—Transcending Breast Cancer by Art Myers, Poetry by Maria Marrocchino, First Edition, 1996, Photographic Gallery of Fine Art Books, San Diego, CA

To purchase Winged Victory: Altered Images; Transcending Breast Cancer, see the Second Edition, Updated and Expanded, above.

Out of print; select photographs can be seen in the image gallery section of this website.

Some of the publications in which Art Myers' photographs have appeared include:

  • American Journal of Nursing
  • Discovery Channel
  • Progresso Fotografico, Milano, Italy
  • Blue Ink Magazine
  • Advances for Directors magazine
  • The San Diego Union Tribune
  • Journal of the American Medical Association
  • Visions magazine
  • Patient Care Journal
  • The Sun magazine
  • Nimrod
  • Artword