Earl Miller Made Glamour Photography Sexual
Photographer Earl Miller combined the beauty of glamour photos with the sex appeal of the models.
If you have ever read a pornographic magazine since 1972, chances are that you have seen the work of glamour photographer, videographer, and cat enthusiast Earl Miller. He is the man who brought glamour to hardcore photography. Recently celebrating forty years as an established adult photographer, Miller enjoys the distinction of being the most published photographer in the history of Penthouse Magazine. Never one to be pigeonholed, this 2001 AVN Hall of Fame inductee also has work published in Swank, Club, High Society, and Club International, as well as major advertising campaigns for Miller Lite, Bugle Boy Jeans, Hilton, and Cavaricci. He is also noted for his charity work, finding homes for homeless cats. The subject of international acclaim, he has worked with big name celebrities such as Roseanne, Cher, Nick Nolte, and Steven Spielberg. Although he is over 70 years old, he shows no sign of stopping and his portfolio continues to expand.
According to Mr. Miller’s official website, his portfolio includes over a hundred thousand images, and more than six hundred models. A protégé to Penthouse publisher, Bob Guccione, Miller’s career began at the height of the American Sexual Revolution. He won two AVN awards in 2012 for Best Photography Website for EarlMiller.com and Best Web Premiere for Pictures at an Exxxhibition, a showcase of his vivid images and videos from his private collection. His work is bright and playful, capturing a sense of action rarely found in still photography.
Miller’s early career was uncertain. He began his education as a pre-med student at Bowdoin College in Maine. His interest shifted from medicine to drama, when he auditioned for a role in a school production of John Millington Synge’s Playboy of the Western World. Although he briefly attended medical school at Tufts, he soon quit and moved to New York to become an actor. He was a working actor before he caught the photography bug in 1968.
He enjoyed success in commercial photography as the official photographer for the Sonny and Cher Show from 1969-1972. After a number of successful advertising campaigns, he began shooting for Penthouse. Considered the Che Guevara to Guccione’s Castro in the Sexual Revolution, Miller enjoyed a lavish lifestyle full of liberated, sexually aggressive models throughout the seventies and eighties.
From The Earl Miller Collection
He began to photograph hardcore scenes for the porn mogul in 1980. He maintained an exclusive working relationship with Guccione until 1992, when he branched out into other adult magazines. In a shrewd maneuver, Miller was able to use the shots he sold to those other magazines to build an enormous body of content fill his own website, which he launched in 1998.
With his 2012 project, Pictures at an Exxxhibition and his two AVN wins the same year, veteran photographer Earl Miller has proven himself as an important figure in the history of photography as a whole. By bringing his own unique aesthetic to pornographic photography, he has influenced the fantasy life of many Penthouse readers around the world. His ability to adapt, moving toward digital photography and video, has certainly kept him busy. Decades later, his images are still provocative. Surely, his career exemplifies the concept of longevity and his photos can be still be seen in The Masters gallery featured on Filthy Gorgeous Media.