Reed Estabrook is the prodigy of obsessed builder-gardeners. He
entered Rhode Island School of Design to study architecture but
fell in with the wrong crowd: Gowin, Connor, Burke, Parker, etc. He
earned his BFA in Photography in 1969. In 1971 he earned a MFA
in Photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and
found gainful employment at the University of Illinois, Urbana-
In 1974, he moved to the University of Northern Iowa to develop
the fledgling program and in 1983/84 he chaired the Photography
Program at the Kansas City Art Institute. In 1984 he took on the
development of the new degree program in Photography at San
Jose State University and for about half of the intervening years
has served as Coordinator, initially developing the dual track
curriculum and most recently leading the transition, with lots of
help, to a fully realized digitally based curriculum.
He has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions and is
represented in many public collections in the United States
including the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago,
the J Paul Getty Museum and the San Francisco Museum of
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