December 18, 2006

Natural enemies?

This one's been haunting me ever since I found the negative (yesterday) and digitized it:
Teachers will recognize the uphill-all-the-way vibe, I suspect, though this picture was taken 33 years ago, just before I started what I recall as a very energetic class on photography-as-anthropology, in my first year of teaching. I remember some of the people quite clearly, though I can only retrieve one name (Ginger Joyce, over on the left). The stimulus materials are some I'd still use today: Szarkowski's The Photographer's Eye, Hanns Reich's The World from Above (a wonderful collection of aerial images), The World of Henri Cartier-Bresson... and just think how far we've come since the days of the epidiascope!

Posted by oook at December 18, 2006 08:05 PM

Some things never change! :-) The available seating sure doesn't advertise itself as inviting. At least the classroom architecture has morphed a bit over the years and there are few P-12 (k-12 outside NS) classrooms that look like this now.

It's a wonderful picture, capturing an awful lot of the classroom atmosphere present in so many of the classes I experienced as both student and teacher.

Posted by: Ron Brunton at December 18, 2006 08:31 PM

So THAT's the technical term for an opaque projector. Ah. It was quite the hulking beastie, wasn't it--and all the more mysterious because of it. But then I'm an incorrigible anthromorpher when it comes to machines.

Posted by: Gardner at December 19, 2006 05:16 PM