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Howard Bond

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Howard Bond began photographing in 1945 and has been engaged in photography as a fine art since the 1960's, making black and white prints that are sold directly and by galleries. His photographs are in the collections of many major museums in London, Paris, San Francisco, Tucson, Denver, St. Louis, Chicago, New Orleans, Toledo, Detroit, Rochester, Washington, Baltimore, and elsewhere. During the past thirty years, he has had countless one man and group exhibitions in museums, galleries, and universities. In 1985, the Michigan Council for the Arts awarded him a Creative Artists Grant.

He also teaches, through lectures, articles, and workshops. He is a contributing editor to Photo Techniques magazine and its predecessor, Darkroom and Creative Camera Techniques. His workshops occur regularly in Colorado and Ann Arbor, and occasionally in other locations.

Bond was influenced by the Group f/64 photographers, and embraced their ideals of sharp, straight photographs, using view cameras in 4x5 through 11x14 formats. He has carried this approach a step farther by making unsharp masks for his negatives, obtaining sharper, more detailed prints than can be made without the masks. Since 1994, he has made masks for all of his new negatives and many of the old ones still in use.

A Partial List of Collections Which have Selected the Work of Howard Bond Museums and collections include the Akron Museum of Art; Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Baltimore Museum of Art; the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson; the Denver Art Museum, the Detroit Institute of Art; the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University; the Helmet Gernsheim Collection; the International Museum of Photography (George Eastman House) in Rochester; the National Museum of Art, Washington, D.C.; the New Orleans Museum of Art; Sammlung Fotografis, Vienna; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the St. Louis Museum of Art; the Toledo Museum of Art; and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.