Guy Manning is an eleventh generation Californian, born in rural Orange County, California, when there was such a thing as rural. Son of two civil servants, his father was a police captain and his mother an civil servant who practiced oil and water color painting on the side.
His mother’s side of the family came from Spain via Mexico to San Juan Capistrano at about the same time the Mission was founded. Mostly farmers and ranchers, some the family remained in the area through WWII. Father joined the CCC then the US Navy just prior to WWII. His side of the family was originally from Pennsylvania. He relocated to the west coast for the CCC and remained after the end of WWII.
Early influences in the arts were mostly in classical music on the radio and the Saturday Morning Opera presentations broadcast from the Met. Mostly drawn from the AM classical music stations of the day, popular music in the house consisted of Musicals – imagine seeing Mary Martin live in “South Pacific” – and symphonies, particularly the music of George Gershwin. 1940’s swing music was also played, along with an occasional bagpipe record by his father. This all led grew into Guy’s main musical interest today in classical Spanish guitar, the counterpoint of Bach, and quartets and symphonies of Beethoven and the string quintets of Boccherini. He also has a side interest in the minimalist works of Phillip Glass, Steve Reich and Arvo Part.
Guy served in the U.S. Army from 1970 to 1971. Drafted, he spent time in Colorado and Germany before receiving an early honorable discharge. During his time in the U.S. Army he purchased his first 35mm SLR camera and immediately became interested in Photography. Upon release from the Army he enrolled as an Electronics Major, only to change to Photography after the first semester.
During those years, there were two formative events in his life. The first was the gift of Life Magazine’s Library of Photography, given to him by his mother. Exposure to the images in these publications led to an interest in the History of Photography. The second was was attending an exhibit of the photography of Edward Weston, Ansel Adams and Wynn Bullock at the Pasadena Museum of Art, now the Noton Simon Museum. It was at that exhibit that Guy first discovered the emotional power an image could project upon the viewer. It also exposed him to the effects technique could produce on the final presentation of the image.
After receiving an AA in Photography, Guy traveled around Western Europe for 6 months then returned home to attend Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. At that point in time he became active with Cameraworks (an artist’s co-op in Los Angeles) and Gallery 57 in Pasadena where his Doll Series was first exhibited. Over the nest decade he went on to exhibit and show work at various venues around Southern California.
From 1988 through 2008 Guy did not practice creative photography. A trip to Death Valley National Park with his brother in December of 2008 rekindled his passion in Photography. This rediscovered interest has re-focused his life’s direction. He is currently making images, mastering the new tools of photography, and re-educating himself in the Arts.
Bowers Museum (Art Orange County – Image featured on poster for exhibits)
Laguna Beach Museum of Contemporary Art (Post-Modern Mannerisms)
L.A. Pierce College (Photography Becomes Eclectic)
Saddleback College (Open juried show – 2 purchase awards, Juror: Susan Spiritus)
Santa Ana College (Alumni Show)
Winter Workshop, Bruce Barnbaum and Bruce Hall, Bishop, CA. 1982
Ansel Adams Workshop, Carmel, CA. 1982.
Assistant – Friends of Photography Workshop, 1983