A few weeks ago I drove out to Worcester, Massachusetts to Clark University to visit with Frank Armstrong. Frank is one of those guys that everyone in this area knows and knows about. He loves photography. He mentors many young photographers. And he helps run the digital program at Clark University where he continues to mentor and inspire photographers of all ages. Frank is a wonderful photographer. He began his career while in the Navy based on a remote island where he found and read photography magazines at his duty post there and essentially taught himself the craft.
Frank Armstrong can be found most days sitting at a table in the middle of the hallway between the darkroom and the digital lab at Clark University. He and other instructors are constantly available to the students. And from my observation the students love having their teachers and mentors sitting there in the midst of the hustle and bustle of their creative process.
Frank took a few moments to talk with us about ILFORD GALERIE Prestige inkjet media*, the fact that he likes ILFORD GALERIE Prestige Gold Fibre Silk and ILFORD GALERIE Prestige Smooth Pearl for printing his photography and why he recommends it to his students. Have a look at the video below.
I first heard about Clark University from another photographer graduate, nature photographer Juan Pons. This small but prestigious university located in Worcester, Massachusetts was instrumental in Juan’s development as a photographer. Clark University has a diverse student body and a broad academic appeal. From Psychology and Business Management to Art and Photography, Clark University provides its students with a high quality education in an intimate environment of supportive learning. “Through opportunities such as the Steinbrecker Fellowships, a number of our photography students are able to travel to far off places to volunteer for multiple weeks and photograph their experiences. Recent destinations have been Nepal, India, Iceland, Nigeria….to mention a few,” says Frank.
Photography is part of the Studio Arts Program within the Department of the Visual and Performing Arts at Clark University. The photography lab was established in 1979 by way of a large donation to build a darkroom facility for students. Digital photography was introduced to Clark students in 1993 when Professor Stephen DiRado bought a computer, scanner and printer for students. Soon photo patrons and alumni/ae began donating both money and equipment to expand the facilities. The digital lab is available to the students as well as a wet darkroom to learn what we now call “analogue” or silver based processes – film processing and printing on black and white silver based paper.
Senior Lecturer Stephen DiRado heads the photography facilities and has been at Clark teaching photography and visual arts courses since 1983. Frank is also joined by Adjunct Rachel Loischild who teaches continuing education COPACE. Photography instruction at Clark University is a team sport with these three dedicated educators sharing their love for photography.
The Traina Center for the Arts has been home to photography facilities since 2004. The analog darkroom has 14 enlargers and digital facility offers 11 stations and two large format professional Epson printers – a 4880 and 7900. The photography facilities also include two critique rooms.
Frank shifted to digital a few years ago and ILFORD GALERIE Prestige Gold Fibre Silk is his preferred inkjet paper for printing. Each of Frank’s photograph tells a story. His black and white images, split seconds frozen in time, are much more than a static image. His work sends my mind on flights of imagination. they spark me to think deeply about what I’m seeing… what happened before, what’s happened since, what sounds and smells were present at the moment the shutter clicked. Read more about Frank Armstrong and have a look at some of his work listed at Panopticon Gallery. And visit www.frankarmstrong.net and Frank’s blog called Pitchertakin’ where you’ll find recent work with his words to go along. Great stuff!
As Frank says, “We hope our photographs are worthy of lasting 200 years.” Digital photography is a wonderful medium for capturing photos. And to really enjoy them we print them so that we can frame them, save them, share them, and live with them. There’s just nothing like seeing a fine picture to lift your spirits and make your eyes smile.
Maybe it’s time you tried or came back to ILFORD GALERIE Prestige inkjet papers like Prestige Gold Fibre Silk and Prestige Smooth Pearl. Take Frank’s recommendation and have your photographs printed on a paper that will last for a very long time.
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Check out these Clark University Alumni/ae who join nature photographer Juan Pons currently working in the field:
Spencer Platt Getty World Press Award Winner
Diana Levine MTV, R&R celebrity photographer NYC
Chris Gorman Studio on site fashion photo agency NYC
Dan Watson Freelance
Adam Ryder artist
Don Tarallo Graphic designer, adjunct teaching design at Clark
Shaun Kessler Graphic design
Cheryl St Onge Guggenheim recipient
Michael Lorenzini Freelance, magazine, and author NYC
Kati Tiovanen Arts Professor
Jonathan Lucas Artist Boston
Chris Miller Journalist, Alaska
Greer Mudowney Artist and educator