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SFAI & its Olympians: Photo Student George Wallace: Olympian, Inventor

Portrait of George Wallace taken by Don Whyte, 1948.

George Wallace studied in the first photo classes with Ansel Adams, Minor White, Edward Weston, Imogen Cunningham and Dorothea Lange at the school in the late 1940s. Wallace was also a self-trained world champion speed skater who made the 1940 Olympic team--an Olympics that was cancelled because of WW2. Wallace invented the Expo-Disc, an aperture/depth-of-field photography tool.

Watch Wallace skate and win in Norway in 1940:

And for more on Wallace, his sporting life, photography and his invention:

And for more on SPORTS & SFAI see the following link to the SFAI Athletic Department via the UC Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archives Matrix 277 virtual exhibition: Orbits of Known and Unknown Objects: SFAI Histories: Matrix 277

With permission, SFAA is re-posting the emails Jeff Gunderson Librarian/Archivist Anne Bremer Memorial Library has been sending out since March 2020. Please enjoy this magnificent archive.


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