Miles Coolidge is a Canadian-American photographer whose work blurs the line between architectural and landscape photography. The artist relies on image scale and a diverse set of viewing spaces to compliment and complete the piece of art itself. Coolidge was born in Montreal in 1963. He received his BA from Harvard University and his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia. His first work after graduate school, entitled Garage Pictures, consisted of large-scale photographs of the interiors of elevators. Following this, Coolidge continued to experiment with dimensionality and size, photographing a scale model of an American town, reducing a panoramic Los Angeles view to a combination of thin strips, and even photographing discarded furniture in contrast to suburban locations.
Coolidge has had solo exhibitions at the California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies, and the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos, New Mexico, among others. His work has also appeared in many group shows including Picturing Modernity at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Moving Pictures at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. Coolidge currently teaches photography at the University of California, Irvine, and he lives and works in Los Angeles.
The Lannan Foundation has as part of its collection Coolidge’s Indian Mound Postcards, a collection of large-scale photographic reproductions of historical postcards.