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Howard Bond, a photographer and former student of Ansel Adams

Since committing himself fully to photography in 1979, Bond has been regarded as a master of large-format film photography. His signature black and white photography has been featured in more than 60 single-artist and 40 group shows all over the world. He is the author of two books, "Light Motifs" (1984) and "White Motif: The Cyclades Islands of Greece" (1991), both published by Goodrich Press, and more than 100 articles for Photo Techniques magazine. In addition to Adams, Bond studied fine art photography with 20th-century masters Imogen Cunningham and Brett Weston. The Michigan-based artist has taught workshops on photographic techniques for more than three decades.

Recently, Bond's photography was the subject of a generous donation to SU Library by Carl J. Armani '60 and his wife, Marcy. The gift, which includes a set of 22 portfolios of dramatic landscapes and abstract close-ups taken between 1974 and 2005, is the subject of the aforementioned Bird Library exhibition. Curator Kelli Pennington '10, an M.F.A. student in art photography, says Bond's aesthetic echoes that of his mentors. "I see in Bond's work a finely trained gaze, an ability to render the details and spaces that make up our world," she says.

Syracuse Symposium is a semester-long festival celebrating the interdisciplinary humanities at SU. This year's symposium explores the protean meaning of light in all its senses and myriad of forms, including music, art, dance, film, sciences, religion and philosophy. Also, it attempts to bring new meaning to light through a diverse array of lectures, performances, exhibits, symposia and other special events. Syracuse Symposium is organized and presented for The College of Arts and Sciences by the SU Humanities Center.

The SU Library Associates is a society devoted to the enrichment of the University Library and the greater campus community. Members share an interest in books, learning and the preservation of knowledge. For more information, visit library.syr.edu/libraryassociates/.

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