The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa on May 10, 1970 · Page 75
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The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa · Page 75

Des Moines, Iowa
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Sunday, May 10, 1970
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The Picture onthe^Cover as an Art at of Iowa By Nick Baldwin /CREATIVE photography is today a respected ^ and popular course at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. It is aiso an integral part of the university's School of Art, a fact that will surprise nobody today but that would have been unthinkable less than a decade ago. John Schulze, who heads creative photography and is a professor of art* said that "in 1963 photography wasTa dirty word but today it is accepted on the same level with other media within the School of Art." ONLY SIX STUDENTS THE FIRST YEAR The point Schulze makes is that photography was then considered one thing and art another, whereas more recently it has been recognized that photography can be art. (The color on today's cover was photographed by Professor Schulze, himself, on a hot summer day in Fort Madison when he was attracted by the abstract pattern and the mural (luality of an old wooden partition he saw in an alley.) It was Schulze who introduced creative photography to the Iowa City campus in 1962 and that first year he had six students to work with. This year the enrollment in fundamentals and, advanced classes totals 150. "Many of the students are artists who will not take up photography as a career but who come to get the help photography £an give them in their work," Schulze said. He explained that "they may want to use photography as an integral part of their work or capture images that will then be transmuted into their work." Undergraduates in the School or Art, though majoring in art, are aljowed to take most of their studio work in photography if they so elect. A major in creative photography is offered on the graduate level. Schulze said —this-year-16-graduate students are enrolled. NOT JUST A RECORD OF OBJECTS AND PEOPLE "The best of my graduate students have been setting up departments of photography at colleges and universities and finding employment with television stations or as journalists," Schulze said. Once they have mastered techniques and procedures, Schulze allows his students a large measure of freedom so they may learn to express themselves. As he. puts it, they are encouraged "to drive around, look, about them and photograph whatever turns them on." Schulze looks at creative photography as not Just a photographic record of objects and people but as an artistidneans of self-expression and as a means for the artist-photographer to document his own psyche. PAGE 4-DES MOINES SUNDAY REGISTER—MAY IQ. 1970 •:^ : ^^ leaving Arsenal Bridge between Davenpori and the Arsenal was made by Lars Souder, one of Prof. John Scbuhrt students This photograph was one in a series Souder took dealmg witfthe

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