A friend from many years back, Archy LaSalle has just been awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award from Center, The Point of Great Photography. I have always enjoyed his Widelux images and I hope my son gets to work with Archy next year when he enters the high school!
Please visit the Center site to read the complete text from Archy.
Archy LaSalle, Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School, MA
"Archy's approach to photo education is comprehensive, meticulous, generous and infectious. He has long led one of the country's top high school programs, where he nourishes his students' photographic passions every day. Archy masterfully understands and values people. His teaching effectiveness is proof that strong work is intimately connected to individual support and meaningful community."
-- 2009 Juror Patrick "Pato" Hebert
Teaching Philosophy (excerpts)
"I have been teaching the art of seeing in one aspect or another since 1963. While as a sophomore in high school, I taught art to an Elementary After School program at the Boys and Girls Club in Mobile, Alabama. Professionally I have taught to middle school, high school, college, and post-grad students. There were many reasons behind my choice to teach at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School (C.R.L.S.). It was renowned as one of the top photo labs and programs anywhere. In addition, my interest in diversity attracted me to the school community. There are currently 98 different ethnic groups and races represented in our student body."
Center, formerly known as the Santa Fe Center for Photography, was founded in 1994. Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that supports, promotes, and provides opportunity for gifted and committed photographers. Their programs bring exposure to worthy photographic projects and series, and create fellowship among photographers and influential members of the photographic community.
Congratulations to Archy - Well Deserved!