"Wayne F. Miller"

by Vince Aletti

Wayne F. Miller

The New Yorker



This show of Miller’s work from the nineteen-forties coincides with the publication of an excellent monograph on his career as a Magnum photojournalist. Most of these modestly scaled black-and-white photographs were made while Miller served in the Navy; they include shots, taken on and off duty, from the Pacific theatre, as well as images of Hiroshima after the bomb and Naples during the American occupation. Miller, who turned ninety this year, has a great eye for affecting, human moments, which he maximizes through an unerring sense of composition. (Witness his 1945 pictures of crowds at F.D.R.’s funeral.) Every photograph here has a quiet assurance. Through Nov. 15. (Higher Pictures, 764 Madison Ave., at 64th St. 212-249-6100.)