ArtCenter’s Photography Department materials consist of the main institutional collection and sixteen donated collections. Collectively, they document the history of photography education at ArtCenter beginning in the 1930s. The institutional collection includes catalogs and brochures published between the 1930s -1990s. The collections tell the story of American photography education and outline the curriculum, including beginning and advanced techniques, composition and lighting, layout, landscape photography, portraiture, advertising photography, and color photography, to name a few. The bulk of the institutional collection consists of prints, negatives, and slides documenting the curriculum. The images show: location shoots at different spots in Southern California, studio shoots at ArtCenter’s campuses, advertising layout shoots, fashion shoots, students working in the darkroom, and faculty critiques of student work. In addition, there are several special projects documented, including elaborate stage shoots of “Carmen” and “Salome,” circa 1949. These stage projects were taught by George Hoyningen-Huene, a prominent fashion photographer in the 1920s and 30s. Most of the sixteen external collections were donated by alumni and show the photography department from the 1930s-1960s, with the bulk being from the 1940s. Among the significant materials are images of field trips with Ansel Adams to places like Yosemite and various Southern California beaches. The donated collections offer a more personal and less staged view of the life of a photography student. The Franklin Judson collection contains a number of 16mm films from the late 1930s and early 1940s showing the moving image footage of the film and photography shoots.
ArtCenter College of Design
Mr. Robert Dirig
Art Center College of Design
1931 - 1931
The images in the collections show California, including the two former ArtCenter campuses in Los Angeles, the current campus in Pasadena, Southern California locations for photo shoots, and Yosemite.