Richard Ham photographs

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Richard Ham photographs


  • 1941-2001 (Creation)


2 folders and 44 photographs

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(1920 July 11 - 2014 April 10)

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Richard Ham was born in Ceres, California on July 11, 1920 and entered the Art Center School in 1940. In 1942, during World War II, he enlisted in the Signal Corps as a Motion Picture Combat Cameraman, shooting combat footage, newsreels, and training films. After the war, he returned to Art Center where he taught photo journalism, lab procedures, and a filmmaking workshop from 1947 to 1951. After he left Art Center in 1951 (because Tink Adams did not want to teach motion picture production), the registrar added his teaching time to his previous credits and he finally received his graduation certificate. Ham went on to a career in industrial, documentary, and public service filmmaking. From 1968 until his retirement in 1995, he was department chair and instructor of film production at San Francisco City College. Richard Ham died on April 10, 2014 in Palo Alto, California.

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The Richard Ham photographs are mainly images taken by Ham of location shoots in 1941 (while he was a student) and in 1949 (while he was an instructor). Also included are articles from photography magazines on Art Center projects, Ham's memoirs, and written remembrances of Art Center and Will Connell.

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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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      Gift of Richard Ham

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      CF, 05/2019

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