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The University Magazine

Alumnus/professor recognized by Royal Photographic Society

Bill Destler
Mark Fairchild ’86
Bill Destler
This photo of the Golden Gate Bridge from Mark Fairchild’s High Dynamic Range Photographic Survey was captured approximately 30 minutes after sunset with a series of nine bracketed exposures.

The Royal Photographic Society has named Mark Fairchild ’86 (imaging science) winner of a prestigious international award for his contributions to imaging science and color research.

Fairchild is the recipient of the Davies Medal, established in 1998 to honor those whose work advances imaging science,

especially digital methods that improve upon traditional or chemical imaging. Fairchild was honored at an October ceremony in London.

“I was a photographer before I was a scientist, and it means a great deal to me personally to be recognized by a group that has been an important part of photography from the very beginning,” says Fairchild, director of Munsell Color Science Laboratory in RIT’s Carlson Center for Imaging Science.

Fairchild’s research focuses on color reproduction, image appearance, and high-dynamic-range imaging.

The Davies Medal recognizes Fairchild’s contributions to the understanding of color perception and imaging as well as color-appearance modeling, image appearance, image preference, image perception, color measurement, image and video quality measurement, high-dynamic-range imaging, image rendering and video rendering.

Details about Fairchild’s latest research effort, an HDR Photographic Survey, are available at For more information about the Royal Photographic Society, visit

Susan Gawlowicz ’95