Charlie Potts photographs

An elderly man playing chess. A boy fishing in his pocket in front of a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus billboard. Actress Barbara Jo Allen at the microphone as her character Vera Vague. Head shot of a female model. A model wrapped in a thick plastic sheet outdoors. Close-up of pipes and tanks at an oil refinery titled "Gas Tanks". A swan on a lake. A man in a white suit playing a banjo. Head shot of a female model. Head shot of a female model. Five people on horseback riding through Monument Valley. Five Navajo (?) children and a herd of sheep in Monument Valley. A built-in vanity in a mid-century modern interior. Monument Valley.

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Charlie Potts photographs


  • 1905-1940 (Creation)


50 photographs

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(1911 October 13 - 1986 February 21)

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Charlie Potts (PHOT 1940) was born in Los Angeles on October 13, 1911. He graduated Art Center and joined the U. S. Navy during World War II. After working with Preston Duncan at their studio in Hollywood, he returned to Art Center and served as chair of the Photography Department from 1965 to 1984. Potts died in Scottsdale, Arizona on February 21, 1986 and his wonderful collection of 50 photographs was generously donated to Art Center’s Archives in 2013 by Calvin Knock.

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The Charlie Potts photographs were primarily taken by Potts while he was a student and consist mainly of portraits of models. Also included are four early photographs of his family members and a few images labelled Preston Duncan Studio.

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Copyright held by Charles Potts.

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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