Eliot Porter (born December 6, 1901 in Winnetka, Illinois – November 2, 1990 in Santa Fe, New Mexico) is known for his nature color photography. His color landscape photography has been emulated and admired for generations. He made complexities effortless in his detailed work. Eliot was also the first to establish color and beauty to the natural world.
Style American Photographer
Beginnings Eliot Porter came from an upper middle class family. His father was an amateur architect and his mother was a Bryn Mawr graduate. Eliot took up biochemical research in Harvard and received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1923 in chemical engineering, then he received a medical degree in 1929. His passion was photography and with the help from his brother Fairfield, who was a realist painter and art critic, Eliot decided to embark on a photography career.
Career Eliot Porter was passionate about black and white photography. After his successful publication of his “In Wilderness is the Preservation of the World” Eliot changed the way photography publishing set standards for printing and design. Throughout his life Eliot created a large variety of places photographed throughout the world. He began traveling to various parts of the world for photographs including Egypt, Greek sites, Mexico, Czechoslovakia and China.
Exhibits After Eliot’s one-person show at “An American Place” in New York showcasing his black and white images from his trip to Austria, Eliot decided that this was the path he wanted to follow.
Book Eliot Porter published over 25 books and was working on more when he died in 1990. In 1962 he published “In Wilderness is the Preservation of the World”, which became a best seller and he published “Nature’s Chaos” in 1990 with his photographs and an essay by James Gleick, which also became a success.
Eliot Porter was married twice, he had five sons and resided permanently in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He died at age 88.