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Phil Davis (1921-2007) - Beyond The Zone System

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  1. frednewman

    frednewman Advertiser Advertiser

    Apr 7, 2005
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    It saddens me to announce the Phil Davis passed away on Monday, July 2, 2007. Phil was best known as a photo instructor (Professor Emeritus of Art, University of Michigan), author and the inventor of the Beyond the Zone System (BTZS). Here is the obituary that his wife, Marty provided us. - Fred Newman

    Phil Davis (1921- 2007}

    Phil Davis died at his home in Webster Township on July 2, 2007. He was
    born in Spokane, WA on October 15, 1921, the son of William B. and Mary
    Augusta (Maples) Davis. The family moved to upstate New York when he was
    twelve and after his graduation from high school, he enlisted in the
    Army Air Force. He was commissioned in 1943 and served as a flight
    instructor until his discharge as a First Lieutenant in 1945. He
    graduated from Albright Art School in Buffalo, NY in 1948 and joined the
    staff of the University of Michigan's College of Architecture and Design
    as an instructor in design and drawing. From 1964 until his retirement,
    he served as a Professor of Art in the University's School of Art,
    teaching photography and drawing.

    He received two Horace H. Rackham Foundation Grants, in 1967 for
    investigation of historic photographic processes and in 1974 for further
    investigation of non-silver processes. During those years, he also
    worked as a freelance photographer in advertising illustration and
    received numerous awards, medals and honorable mentions from the Detroit
    Art Directors' Club and from similar organizations in New York and

    As part of the University's Sesquicentennial celebration in 1967, Phil
    conceived, produced and supervised installation of an exhibition of 264
    photographs mounted on steel structures on the Rackham Mall between Hill
    Auditorium and the Michigan League. A book of these photographs titled
    "The University" was published by the University of Michigan Press. His
    other publications included three textbooks, many magazine articles, a
    limited edition of platinum prints made from noted cinematographer Karl
    Struss's original glass negatives, and "The Dexter Portfolio", a limited
    edition of mounted black and white prints. His work is represented in
    numerous public and private collections, including those of the Detroit
    Art Institute, Chicago Art Institute, International Museum of
    Photography in Rochester, NY and the Museum of Modern Art in New York

    In addition to appearances as guest artist, juror and speaker at various
    events, Phil conducted a series of workshops throughout the country in
    his "Beyond the Zone System" method of producing photographs using
    proven scientific testing methods which allow photographers to produce
    superior photographs through a precise, working knowledge of their
    chosen materials.

    Phil retired as Professor Emeritus of Art in 1985 and in 1988 one of his
    former students, Chicago architectural photographer Nick Merrick,
    organized and curated "Phil Davis, Photographer: The Teacher and His
    Students", an exhibit in the Paul Slusser Gallery of Phil's work and
    that of 20 of his students.

    He is survived by his wife Martha (DeLano), his sons Carl (Becky) of
    Eaton Rapids MI and their children Anna-Lisette, Charlotte, Gretchen,
    Philip and Lucy; Tim (Katy Robinson) of Byron Center MI; and Jon (Amy
    Mattox) of Norcross GA; his sister Helen Beck Reimondo, her sons Tom and
    Dave Beck and their families. In accordance with his wishes, cremation
    has taken place and there will be no services. Memorial contributions
    may be made to Hospice of Michigan or the Dexter District Library, 8040
    Fourth Street, Dexter MI 48130.
  2. noseoil

    noseoil Member

    Oct 6, 2003
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    Fred, thanks for posting this obituary. He will be missed.
  3. Dave Wooten

    Dave Wooten Subscriber
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    Nov 1, 2004
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    Thanks Fred.
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