Signed and dated (1974) in pencil on border of recto of the print.
Harold Todd Walker was born in Salt Lake City in 1917, and raised in Los Angeles. Largely self-taught, Walker established himself as a successful commercial photographer in Southern California in the late 1940s, a career he eventually gave up to pursue his artistic photography interests.
In 1963 he was asked to do a one-person exhibition at the California Museum of Science and Industry. This opportunity along with the visit with Edward Weston and his friendship with Wynn Bullock began a gradual transition away from advertising work toward personal expression, which he had been investigating during his off hours. During the mid 1960's he began teaching at Art Center. Around this same time he attended one of the first Society for Photographic Education conferences where he crossed paths with Robert Heinecken, who became a close friend.
Beginning with solarization and alternative processes in the 1960s, Walker developed a unique and personal visual language, which runs through the last three decades of his work.
A one-year sabbatical replacement position at the University of Florida in Gainesville turned into a seven year tenure at the university where he taught along with Jerry Uelsmann and Doug Prince. Todd was represented by Light Gallery in NYC, taught workshops all over the country, was published internationally and was sought out for technical advice by both students and professionals including Robert Rauschenberg.
In 1977, Walker was offered a full-time teaching position by the University of Arizona at Tucson in a new photographic department that was being formed in connection with the Center for Creative Photography. Initially he taught alongside Harold Jones and W. Eugene Smith, but Smith passed away that first semester.
In 1981 he began using digital processing to extend his photographic technique, becoming proficient at computer programming to create the tools he required.
Todd Walker died in Tucson, AZ on September 13, 1998, 12 days before his 81st birthday.
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Medium Ink jet print
Photo Date 1974 Print Date 1980s
Dimensions 9-3/8 x 6-5/16 in. (238 x 160 mm)
Photo Country United States (USA)
Photographer Country United States (USA)
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