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"Sommerisms" memoir of Fred Sommer, 2011


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Twenty-three video interviews with Institute of Design alumni regarding their experiences in the photography program. The interviewees discuss fellow students and instructors such as Arthur Siegel, Aaron Siskind, Garry Winogrand, Harry Callahan, Nathan Lerner, Frederick Sommer, and others. The interviews were recorded on Sunday, May 1, 2011 at the Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago, IL. The collection includes 23 interviews, 3 essays, 3 photographs and a guestbook.


  • Creation: 2011

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Available for Research

Collection Size

4 Files (RTF, JPG)


Richard Sessions, who received an MS in Design in 1960 from the Institute of Design, provides a written account of his experience as a student under Frederick Sommer between 1957 and 1958. Included are Sessions' three photographs inspired by Sommer: "There ARE angels in America," "To Hell and Back," and "Breaking Up."

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