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March 21-23, 2024

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"The Golden Decade Era and a Life in Photo Education"

2020 SPE Honored Educator John Upton

Saturday, March 07 - 2:00PM to 2:45PM
Plaza I

John Upton will talk about the Golden Decade era (1946-1956) at the California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute) – when the faculty of the photography program included Ansel Adams, Minor White, Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange, Imogen Cunningham, and other well-known photographers of the era.  Upton will also talk about moving to southern California and teaching at Orange Coast College which, according to Kodak, was second only to R.I.T. in the number of students enrolled in photography classes in the 1970s. Lastly, Upton will talk about how his friendship with Robert Heinecken helped shaped the direction of his teaching career.


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