Allen Stross audio

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Allen Stross audio


  • 2016 January 28 (Creation)


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Audio length: 01:28:47

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(1923 September 4 - 2017 January 18)

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Allen Stross was born in Detroit, Michigan. After graduating from Cass Technical High School in Detroit, where he majored in Commercial Art, he joined the U.S. Navy. When he returned from World War II, he used the G.I. Bill to attend Art Center as a Photography major. His professional experience included work at a department store portrait studio, wedding photography, commercial work, teaching university extension courses, and postcard production. He moved to Berkeley in 1979 and continued taking photographs into his 90s. Allen Stross passed away on January 18, 2017 at 93 years old.

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Allen Stross (PHOT 1948) discusses his student years at Art Center going into great detail about photography lessons and assignments, including Ansel Adams’s zone system. While looking at a 1950 school catalog and some photographs, he reminisces about field trips to Malibu and his favorite instructor, Al King. He talks about his professional work in Detroit and Berkeley and recounts some of his favorite photographs, including the llama photo that won him a car.

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Copyright held by Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, Calif.)

Digital materials and catalog records are made available for educational and research purposes only and cannot be reproduced, distributed, or published without written permission from Art Center College of Design.

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Two audio files were combined in the MP3. There is a break in the recording at 1:05, when the interview stopped for a short break.

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