Since 1975, at least two thousand photographs by FIU students accumulated in a closet of the VH111 photo lab at the MMC campus. Some of these mostly 8x10 black and white photographs were in this informal archives because photography instructors requested copies of them as excellent examples of how something looks photographed. Many were just left behind. Over the years, photography students poured over them for inpsiration and ideaa. "Wow! Look at this one!" Three or four hundred of them are extraordinary in the humblest of ways.
The archival prints you see are from scans of the original photographs. With the help of Bryan Cooper at BBC and Vicki Silvera at MMC, these prints will be on display at both libraries into the fall 2023 semester.
It is important to acknowledge the contribution of Lissette Schaeffler who has done a phenomenal job scanning the originals and supervised all production of works you see here. Natalie Wellman and Alex Dominguez have done wonderful work producing the prints in the FIU studios, and JaQuan Turner and Sophia Cortes spent many hours fixing them in Photoshop to make these reproductions flawless. This superb quality of these prints is the product of their efforts and I thank them for making it possible.
I hope you all enjoy these photographs. They will reward your careful attention.
FIU Photography Faculty
Alex Del Canto
Rolando Dal Pazzo
Ed Del Valle
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