Into The Bonniverse – Limited Engagement of ICONIC Photography opens April 20 at The Muck in Fullerton

Rolling Stone Book of Comedy: Photographs by Bonnie Schiffman / Cover featuring Robin Williams

Muhammad Ali, 1982 by Bonnie Schiffman

Joni Mitchell, 1981 by Bonnie Schiffman

Bonnie Schiffman’s iconic photography, featuring never-before-seen Polaroids, letters, negatives, scans, final prints and proofs of famous people.

Going through his archives is like going through family photo albums – it’s truly remarkable, the sheer amount of work and familiar faces BEFORE they were famous.

—Lisa M. Berman

FULLERTON, CA, USA, April 12, 2022 / — A special, limited engagement of iconic Bonnie Schiffman photography, featuring never-before-seen Polaroids, personalized letters, answering machine messages left by (Uncle Milty, Billy Crystal and Whoopi Goldberg), negatives, scans, final prints and proofs of famous people will be on display at The Muck from April 20 to May 3.

In keeping with The Muck’s art education mission, the exhibit includes an educational photography component: darkroom equipment and vintage cameras, including a small collection belonging to the Muckenthaler family. Need some creative inspiration? Just listen to Bonnie describe her first time…the moment she knew she wanted to be a photographer as she watched color appear on paper in her dark high school room.

For over 40 years, Bonnie Schiffman has photographed icons like Robin Williams, Muhammad Ali, Michael Jackson, Jerry Seinfeld, Betty White, Steve Jobs, Julia Childs and countless others, many of whom are friends. Bonnie brings such energy and spontaneity to her work – we, as viewers, get a fresh, direct and honest perspective on her subjects.

Laurie Kratochvil, former cinematographer for Rolling Stone and INStyle Magazine, said: “Bonnie doesn’t get in the picture, so you don’t get fame, you get the real person. Bonnie opened the door to her home in Los Angeles, which served as a photography studio for over 30 years, where the most important stage was set – the LUNCH table… It always started with a BIG lunch. Bonnie always “broke bread” before hitting the shutter, to peel off the layer of fame and hit the real person. “Bonnie captured a side of me that is more telling than any other portrait I have,” Billy Crystal said in his introductory essay to his Rolling Stone Book of Comedy. His images have been seen worldwide in countless magazines including Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, GQ and Esquire, movie posters and included in the permanent collection of 68 museums. His work is currently exhibited at the Federal Reserve, Washington DC and the National Comedy Center in New York.

Lisa M. Berman comments on the presentation of this exhibition at The Muck: “Since we met, Bonnie has been the friend of my whole family. We met twenty years ago in my Sculpture to Wear gallery and a decade later she asked me if I had any ideas to showcase her work. We collaborated to place his work in the National Comedy Center, we had a great time selling his images to Photo LA (Berman Arts Agency booth) where we placed his work in the famous Greenburg Photograghy ​​Collection now in collection permanent at the Getty. Over the past 4 months I have had both the honor and the pleasure of the Athenian task of curating its 40 year archive. Going through his archives is like going through family photo albums – it’s truly remarkable, the sheer amount of work and familiar faces BEFORE they were famous. And OH, the laughs we had.”

A portion of all gallery sales support The Muck, a non-profit arts education organization. Guided curatorial tours are available on request. For more information visit:
Opening: April 21, 6-8 p.m. / Free
Now playing: April 20 to May 5, 2022
Gallery hours: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: $5 per person


Muck’s mission is to spark the imagination and encourage creativity in their community through art exhibits, music and community outreach, all made possible through the innovative use of the historic grounds of Mukenthaler. We welcome new visitors and are open to creation

The estate, consisting of an 18-room mansion and surrounding 8.5-acre grounds, was built in 1925 by Walter and Adella Muckenthaler and has been recognized by the National Register of Historic Places since 1999. In 1965, Harold Muckenthaler donates the mansion to the city of Fullerton, with the request that his childhood home be used as a public cultural center.

Fifty-seven years later, the Muck continues this legacy. Each year, the center hosts more than 60 performances, gallery exhibitions, festivals and special events. They offer over 6,000 hours of arts education classes, both on-site and at 42 outreach sites that serve over 43,000 people each year. The unique and photogenic mansion and grounds also host approximately 75 weddings each year.

The Muck received the Fullerton Chamber of Commerce’s 2009 Quality of Life Award for Best Non-Profit Organization and the 2010 Arts Orange County Arts Program of the Year Award.

The Muckenthaler Cultural Center, affectionately known as The Muck, is located at 1201 West Malvern Avenue, Fullerton, CA 92833. For more information, please visit


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