David Prifti 1961-2011

Discussion in 'In Memoriam (PHOTRIO Members)' started by Zebra, Nov 23, 2011.

  1. Zebra

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    It is with great sadness that I post here that David Prifti, teacher, maker, force of nature has passed away this week.

    He will be missed beyond the capabilities of words to describe.

    Monty
     
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    Monty......

    So sorry to read this. Prayers of comfort go out to his family and friends.


    Tav
     
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    I am so sorry to hear this. I was just watching a video with him with his wet plate "family" a couple of weeks ago.
     
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    I'm sorry to hear also, RIP David.

    Jeff
     
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    Prifti was an incredibly generous person and artist. I met him shortly before I did Coffer's wet plate workshop, he invited me to his house, so I could watch him pour a few plates. He will be dearly missed by a lot of people, and he was a real inspiration. My condolences to Monika and his kids and family, to all his students at CCHS, and his colleagues among the wet plate world. His APUG gallery:

    http://www.apug.org/gallery1/browseimages.php?c=500&userid=4473

    For those in the Boston area, there will be a memorial service on November 30th 4pm at the First Parish Unitarian Church in Concord, MA.
     
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    Was David Prifti on APUG?

    Tom
     
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    Very sad to hear this. My condolences and thoughts go out to the Prifti family.
     
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    I too am incredibly sad to hear this.
    A gifted, generous, and prolific teacher and artist is lost.
    I never had the privilege of meeting him in person, but I heard very nice and inspirational accounts, which very well resonated with his fantastic and sometimes bold artwork.
    It's a sad day for this world. Many have lost a friend, family member, mentor, or source of inspiration.
    My thoughts are with the Prifti family, and I offer my very deepest condolences as well as respect.
     
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    I never knew David Prifti but saw his name, and admired his photographic work, on apug and around the internet.
    Too young at 50.
    Condolences to his family.
     
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    I too am deeply moved and saddened by his loss. I was so looking forward to a chance to meet him, having seen and admired his wet plate work for several years, and just viewed his work in person at the Masterplaters show at the Community College of Baltimore County in Catonsville, Maryland. I believe the show is still up for a few more days/weeks. If you can't make it to Boston, try to stop in the CCBC gallery and see his work.
     
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    Condolences to the Prifti family and to all who know him and are touched by his way to early passing.
     
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    such sad news. i met david prifti a few years ago,
    what a nice and generous and gifted person. i think about that weekend often.
    my condolences to his friends and extended family.
     
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    What a legacy his teaching has left. An inspiration to us all.
     
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    Monty nailed it. Prifti was a force of nature. Just a giant exploding rolling ball of fun, enthusiasm and life. If every teacher had his personal gifts, the planet would be a much better place. RIP. He'll be missed by so many people.
     
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    Very sad news. I had corresponded with David over the last year or so. The way he fought this brutal illness and still remained so positive was an inspiration. My thoughts are with his family. You can view his APUG profile here: http://www.apug.org/forums/members/prifti/
     
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    I am sorry to hear this. I held him very high. Fantastic photographer - not just in technique. My condolances.
     
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    Having had the pleasure of meeting David in person I can attest to Monty's description of him... he was a force of nature, a wonderful and admired teacher and an incredible artist. I also had the wonderful opportunity to curate a show of his work (and two other fine photographers) in a show two years ago at the Valley Photo Center here in Springfield. Every one of his plates was a gem.

    David's presence will be sorely missed by so many people. My condolences to his wife and children.
     
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    There is little that can be said to add to the tributes given here. Let me simply add my condolences for his students, who have lost a wonderful teacher and mentor. David was a very special man.
     
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    Indeed we was a force of nature, Clay

    He was a big loud spirit of goodness both in and outside of the darkroom. My only consolation today is that ... Perhaps... He is now everywhere.
     
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    Condolences to his family and to those who knew him personally. The work he posted here was always an inspiration.
     
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    David was a light in this world. I am glad I met him and very saddened to hear of his passing. Condolences to all that knew him.
     
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    Sad days indeed. Prifti was an inspiration in many ways.
     
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    When I saw his portfolio on APUG for the first time - I was in shock for a couple of days how great and powerful his work is.