News and announcements pertaining to the University of Washington Libraries Digital Collections and the Digital Initiatives Program.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Charles Pearson Added To Modern Photographers Collection

Charles Pearson was born in Pecos, Texas in 1920. He is mainly a self-taught photographer except for a short apprenticeship with his uncle, Alfred Knight, a photographer in Vancouver, British Columbia. He worked as a freelance photographer in Vancouver, B.C. then enlisted in the Army Signal Corps for three years during World War II where he served as a photography lab supervisor and combat photographer. Starting in 1946, he specialized in food and architectural photography. He documented work of many of the major northwest architects. His work has been shown in a number of group and one-man exhibitions and published in many magazines and books. He also taught classes at Edmonds Community College and North Seattle Community College.

The quality and high level of his work was noted by a number of architects in a 1980 AIA nomination for "Recorder of Architectural Accomplishments." He was noted as "investing countless hours on site waiting for just the 'right sun angles' to describe a building 'architecturally' and then make flawless prints with the architectural sense of space. This, Mr. Pearson has been most successful in accomplishing." "His photographs have warmth, interest, and the magic of capturing your eye. Charles is one of the few real talents."

1 comment: