Game shots a slam dunk

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RIT basketball players during the 1966-1967 season: No. 12 John Serth ’67 (printing), No. 20 Frederick Cetnar ’68 (business administration) and No. 0 Keith Thompson ’67 (printing).

Alvis Upitis ’68 (photo science) shot this photo at the downtown campus gym during the 1966-1967 basketball season.

“I dragged every single studio strobe the photo department had over from the Clark Building to the gym and shot with a 4x5 Linhof handheld and pre-focused,” Upitis says. “I was extremely nervous before shooting as film processing was around $2 per shot. But it worked out and the images sold in an age when they were sometimes used for advertising without model releases.”

After graduating, Upitis taught college photography for nine years before freelancing full time for 30 years in Minneapolis for major corporations, advertising agencies and magazines. He moved to Hawaii 10 years ago, where he continues freelancing.

He has digitally restored some RIT basketball photos from the 1966-1967 season. For a copy of those photos, contact him through his website at