Eliot Porter  (American, 1901-1990) 

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Eliot Porter (American, December 6, 1901–November 2, 1990) was a photographer who was known for his color photographs of nature. When he was a child, he took many photographs of real estate owned by his family in Great Spruce Head Island. Although Porter earned degrees in medicine and chemical engineering, and worked as a biological researcher at Harvard University, his true passion was photography. The start of his career in photography came when a family friend introduced Porter to Ansel Adams (American, 1902–1984) and Alfred Stieglitz (American, 1864–1946). Stieglitz showed Porter's photographs in his New York gallery in 1938. The success of this exhibit caused Porter to leave school and take on photography full-time.

Porter began working with Eastman Kodak's dye transfer process for color photographs in 1940. This changed the way that he would take photographs. In 1962, Porter published his book, In Wildness is the Preservation of the World, which increased his reputation. The book was published by the Sierra Club, and the woods and wildlife of New England served as the subject. He combined the photographs with quotes by Henry Davis Thoreau (American, 1917–1862). The book was a bestseller and yielded a number of editions. Porter then served as a Sierra Club director from 1965 to 1971. In 1971, he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Throughout his career, Porter traveled and photographed locations of cultural and ecological significance. Among the locations that he photographed were Utah, California, Maine, Antarctica, Iceland, East Africa, Mexico, Egypt, China, Greece, and Czechoslovakia. Porter took a book written by James Gleick (American, b.1954) titled Chaos: Making a New Science to heart, and reexamined his own work. In 1990, Porter and Gleick collaborated on a book titled Nature's Chaos. The work combined Porter's photographs with an essay written by Gleick. When Porter died in Santa Fe, NM, in 1990, his personal archive was left to the Amon Carter Museum located in Fort Worth, TX.

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Eliot Porter, Black-chinned Hummingbird

 

Eliot Porter
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Paula Cooper Gallery
Eliot Porter, Sunset Clouds, Tesque, New Mexico

 

Eliot Porter
Sunset Clouds, Tesque, New Mexico
1959

Scott Nichols Gallery
Eliot Porter, Grass and Tamarisk, Music Temple Bar, Glen Canyon, Utah

 

Eliot Porter
Grass and Tamarisk, Music Temple Bar, Glen Canyon, Utah
1961

Scott Nichols Gallery
Eliot Porter, Pool in a Brook, Pond Brook, Near Whiteface, New Hampshire, October, 1953

 

Eliot Porter
Pool in a Brook, Pond Brook, Near Whiteface, New Hampshire, October, 1953
1953

Wach Gallery
Eliot Porter, Yellow Aspens

 

Eliot Porter
Yellow Aspens
1951

Scott Nichols Gallery
Eliot Porter, Small Stream Erosions Coyote Canyon, Utah, August 14

 

Eliot Porter
Small Stream Erosions Coyote Canyon, Utah, August 14
1971

Scott Nichols Gallery
Eliot Porter, Escalante River

 

Eliot Porter
Escalante River
1980

Scott Nichols Gallery
Eliot Porter, Dungeon Canyon, Glen Canyon, August 29th

 

Eliot Porter
Dungeon Canyon, Glen Canyon, August 29th
1961

Scott Nichols Gallery
Eliot Porter, Tamarisk and grass, rivers edge, Glen Canyon, August

 

Eliot Porter
Tamarisk and grass, rivers edge, Glen Canyon, August
1961

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Eliot Porter, Shad Tree in Bloom, Gt. Smoky Mts., 14 April

 

Eliot Porter
Shad Tree in Bloom, Gt. Smoky Mts., 14 April, 1968
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Eliot Porter, Eliot Porter: Western Landscapes (12 works)

 

Eliot Porter
Eliot Porter: Western Landscapes (12 works), 1988
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Eliot Porter, Rock-eroded stream bed, Coyote Gulch, Utah

 

Eliot Porter
Rock-eroded stream bed, Coyote Gulch, Utah, 1971
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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
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)