My RISD Graduate Portfolio
1973. I'd wager this is before many of you were born. Graduating from the RI School of Design with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Photography. We were told to make two copies of our thesis portfolio, one for the Department and one for the library. I did just that, although many did not.
I drove down to Providence a few weeks ago and got to look at mine for the first time since 1973.
Now housed in the library's archive, mine was mounted prints on 16 x 20-inch museum board sitting in a portfolio box.
(forgive the roughness of the imagery. I had to shoot the prints with my iPhone. and then square them up in Lightroom).
These were made 50 years ago.
All shot with the Rollei SL 66 and the Carl Zeiss 80mm f2.8 Planar lens.
Photography in those days seemed to be, for me, a large dose of high-end craft combined with imagery that was primarily graphic with strong blacks.
There were 14 photographs in the portfolio.
I can remember thinking after I'd graduated and the portfolio was finished, I might try shooting with more distance. I think this was developmental, learning perhaps, in the early days, to move in tighter then later I could let more air in my pictures. As it turned out, I did just that, shooting landscapes in northern Scotland one summer four years later that were expansive.
And so it goes. Of course, I would have been offended should anyone suggest in 1973 that I wasn't fully formed as an artist. Little did I know how much there was still to do.