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Bill Martin teaching a class of students about basic figure dimensions relative to furniture design. Students are standing around the instructor as he measures the model, named Louise, and the chair in which she sits. The student in the back with the tie is David Bishop.
- circa 1948 (Creation)
Negative, Film, b&w, 4" x 5"
Contact print, 4" x 5"
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Art Center catalog, 1950-1951, pg. 204; Outer Circle, Summer 2007
Catalog caption: Basic Figure dimensions are a vital consideration in all seating and furniture design.
From responses to the 2007 Outer Circle "Mystery Photo": the instructor in the photograph is Bill Martin. He was an influential instructor, who mainly taught life drawing classes that focused on movement and anatomy. This photograph was from an Industrial Design class on the dynamics of movement, circa 1948. Martin often used this model, whose name is Louise, who was also a dancer with the Lester Horton dance group. Alumni also verified that the student wearing a tie in the back is David Bishop.