of photography leads to creation of scholarship
As a young man, magazine
publisher Bob Elder fell in love with photography.
But he waited nearly
30 years to embrace that love fully. Making a living got in the
way. I just fell into the business side of printing and
publishing, he says.
Coming of age in the
60s, Elder thought hed have time for his art while
he worked first at John Wiley & Sons, then American Baby,
followed by Cahners Publishing, eventually co-founding the magazine
hes dusted off his 1970 Nikon FTN and also invested in a
Nikon F5 to specialize in shooting the New York City club scene.
His growing confidence and skills led him to produce large images
for a solo SoHo exhibit in March 2001. He may do more at his leisure;
meanwhile, he wants to help photographers in-the-rough learn their
art in RITs program.
I realized when
I reached 60 that I needed to decide what to do with my estate,
says Elder. Friends who are RIT printing alums, said, Thats
easy. You love photography make a scholarship for students.
Elder has arranged
to leave a majority of his estate to endow a full-tuition scholarship
for photo students who will be judged on their portfolio and academic
record. The award will include fees, housing and photographic
materials. The first such photo scholarship at RIT, it will reward
the best students.
generosity is a wonderful endorsement of what the School of Photographic
Arts and Sciences stands for, says Joan Stone, dean of the
College of Imaging Arts and Sciences. To receive this now,
during our centennial year, is especially meaningful.
Scholarships help individual
recipients, but this kind of support also enriches the profession,
My intent is
to support talented, focused students while they get the foundation
they need, says Elder. They wont have to graduate
with school debt they can go out, free and clear, and make
you to look for the next great picture, he adds. But,
I know from classes Ive taken at the International Center
for Photography (in Manhattan) that you need to learn the technology
and how to apply the skills.
Bob Elder wants to
help gifted students with a passion to excel, to make their mark
on the world. I like to think Im contributing to the
success of a future Pulitzer or Nobel Prize winner; that, in some
way, my gift will have made a difference in their success as professional