Overtones gallery in Mar Vista is presenting the first solo exhibition in Los Angeles by San Francisco-based photographer Daniel Nicoletta beginning Saturday, May 9th, through June 20th.

Nicoletta will exhibit photographs from his extensive body of work, including some of his favorite iconic images from his documentation of the vibrant lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights movement, as well as photographs he made on the set of the Academy Award-winning film Milk, based on the life of slain San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk.

Nicoletta, portrayed by Lucas Grabeel in Gus Van Sant’s Milk, was a young protégé of civil rights hero Milk, portrayed in the film by Academy Award winner Sean Penn. In 1975, at age 19, Nicoletta was hired to work in Milk’s camera store in the heart of the burgeoning gay neighborhood in San Francisco’s Castro district.

Nicoletta documented those years, recording Milk’s ascent as one of the first openly gay elected officials in the world. After Milk’s assassination in 1978 catapulted the supervisor to the status of hero and martyr of the gay civil rights movement, Nicoletta remained a key point person for Milk-related research. He continued to work alongside Milk’s lover Scott Smith, portrayed in the film by Independent Spirit Award winner James Franco, on Milk-connected projects, including Rob Epstein’s Oscar-winning documentary The Times of Harvey Milk.

An Overtones gallery spokesperson said it is the gallery’s hope that the power of Nicoletta’s imagery and the humanness of the stories his images tell will aid in bringing about a world where equality is enjoyed by all.

Overtones, located at 12703 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista, is open noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, or by appointment. Information, www.overtonesgallery.com/, or (310) 915-0346.

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