All posts by Jeff Curto

I was awarded a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1981 and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Bennington College in Vermont in 1983. Additionally, I attended Ansel Adams’ last workshop in Carmel, California in 1983. I am Professor of Photography at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, where I have taught since 1984. I was awarded Honorable Mention for the 2007 Patron Saint of Photography/Teacher of the Year Award by Center in Santa Fe, NM

Photo History Summer School – May 13

It’s summer, but photo history doesn’t rest… May 13th is the anniversary of the birth of Czech photography Jan Saudek (1935, Prague) and also the anniversary of the death (1980) of German photographer Otto Umbehr, known as Umbo. This “summer school” podcast briefly presents their work.

Some images by Jan Saudek & Umbo


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The Camera in The Cathedral: A Brief History of Photography of the Natural World

From the very beginning of the medium, photographers have wanted to portray their sense of wonder and awe in the face of the natural world through the camera’s lens, often offering up nature as the Great American Cathedral. This romantic tradition continues, but the mid-20th century saw a change in the way photographers looked at the world around them; a change that altered the face of photography. By looking at photographs from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, we’ll explore the ways photographers have recorded and interpreted nature with the camera.