Mark Borghi Fine Art

John Chamberlain

Self Portrait in Paris


Self Portrait in Paris


Signed and dated lower right

Widelux photograph (unique)

11 x 14 inches (27.94 x 35.56 cm)


Collection of Lorraine Belcher Chamberlain Wilson until 2014

Lorraine Belcher, was first involved with Frank Zappa in his early days as a musician and filmmaker. She was arrested with him in 1965 when St. Bernardino police charged the pair with conspiracy to commit pornography in Cucamonga. The “porn” in question was an audio tape of herself and Zappa “moaning and groaning,” Lorraine said. “We didn’t take our clothes off.” She said An undercover cop had solicited the “porn” for $100, supposedly for a stag movie.Her San Francisco friends would call her “Big Lorraine” and she nicknamed Zappa Lumpy Gravy.

Lorraine Belcher married John Chamberlain in 1977 and they remained together until the early 1990′s


Chamberlain often took his photos without looking through the viewfinder, moving the camera through the air to capture the scene in its un-photographic reality – not representational but improvisational: intuitive, even sculptural. Somehow, he was able to give depth to a two-dimensional image.  If you can recall one of Frank Stella’s three-dimensional sculptural paintings, you can see that what Chamberlain has done in his photographs is to make a two-dimensional space one that bristles with a thereness, as if the images were to project outward toward the viewer. They also have a Warholian ordinariness, a Pop Art sensibility of everyday nothingness transformed into something worthy of regard.