Eliot Porter – Exempted

A barely photographer.

The painter Jorge Fick printed much of Porter’s work between 1962 to 1968. David Rathbun printed for Porter from 1971 to 1974. Jim Bones was Porter’s printer from late 1974 to 1977. Porter printed his own work until 1988, when he employed Bob Widdicombe.

Porter’s library contained many more books on birds than on photography or art. His library index is heavy on Ansel Adams and Charles Darwin. His art history seems to come from the Newhall’s and little else. Philosophy nor poetry would fill a back pocket.

Timeline

1901
Born December 6 in Winnetka, Illinois
1912
Received first camera as a gift and began photographing birds and school athletic events
1920
Entered Harvard University to study chemical engineering
1924
Graduated from Harvard and entered Harvard Medical School
1926
Studied biochemistry at University of Cambridge, England
1927–1929
Returned to Harvard Medical School and received M.D. in 1929
1929–1939
Taught at Harvard Medical School
1939
Resigned from teaching to pursue photography
1941
Received a Guggenheim Fellowship to photograph birds in black-and-white and in color
1946
Became Photographer-at-Large for Audubon Magazine
1967
Received the Conservation Service Award from the U.S. Department of the Interior
1969
Awarded Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree by Colby College, Waterville, Maine
1965–1971
Elected to the Sierra Club board of directors
1971
Became a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
1979
Received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
1990
Died on November 2 in Santa Fe

Exhibitions

2002
Eliot Porter: The Color of Wildness, Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX (solo)
1997
A Passion for Birds: Eliot Porter’s Photography, Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX (solo)
1987
Eliot Porter, Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX (solo)
1986
Eliot Porter’s Southwest, Museum of Natural History, Albuquerque, NM (solo)
1986
Retrospective: Eliot Porter and Beaumont Newhall, Photo Gallery International, Tokyo
1981
American Photographers and the National Parks, Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
1977–1981
The Great West: Real/Ideal, (circulated by the Smithsonian Institution of Traveling Exhibition Service), University of Colorado, Boulder (and other venues – traveling exhibition)
1980
Eliot Porter: Visual Explorations, Art Center, Amarillo, TX (solo)
1979
Intimate Landscapes, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
1978
Mexican Church Interiors: Color Dye-Transfers by Eliot Porter and Ellen Auerbach, Sander Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1973–1975
Eliot Porter Retrospective, University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque (and other venues – traveling exhibition)
1970
Eliot Porter: Nature’s Photographer, Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL (solo)
1965
Color Photographs by Eliot Porter, M. H. deYoung Memorial Museum, San Francisco, CA (solo)
1963
The Photographer and the American Landscape, Museum of Modern Art, New York
1963
An Exhibition of Photographs: Eliot Porter, Art Institute of Chicago (solo)
1957
Madonnas and Marketplaces: Mexico in Color, Limelight Gallery, New York
1955–1957
This Is the American Earth, (organized by Nancy Newhall and Ansel Adams and circulated by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, LeConte Lodge, Yosemite Valley, CA (and other venues – traveling exhibition)
1952
Diogenes with a Camera, Museum of Modern Art, New York
1951
Color Photographs by Eliot Porter, George Eastman House, Rochester, New York (solo
1943
Birds in Color: Flashlight Photographs by Eliot Porter, Museum of Modern Art, New York (solo)
1942
Photographs by Eliot Porter, New York Zoological Society (solo)
1936
Exhibition of Photographs by Eliot Porter, Delphic Studios, New York (solo)

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