Dan Powell photographs, 1978-2002  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Powell, Dan
Title
Dan Powell photographs
Dates
1978-2002 (inclusive)
Quantity
51.75 linear feet, (33 containers)  : 
Collection Number
PH297
Summary
Dan Powell is a widely exhibited fine art photographer and head of the photography department at the University of Oregon. The collection is a comprehensive representation of Powell's work, and including constructed imagery done in the studio as well as social and physical landscape imagery.
Repository
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
97403-1299
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
spcarref@uoregon.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room.

Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Dan Powell was born in 1950 in Richland, Washington and grew up in Central Washington. Powell holds a bachelor's degree in business administration, a master's degree in art/photography from Central Washington University, and an master's in fine arts degree in art/photography from University of Illinois. He was an Associate Professor with tenure at The University of Northern Iowa 1980-1987. Powell spent 1983 on leave in Europe and in New York City. He joined the faculty in the School of Architecture and Allied Arts at the University of Oregon in 1987 and is now an associate professor in art/photography. Powell's work has been widely exhibited since 1977 and has won national awards. His work is in the permanent collections of the Polaroid Corporation, the Portland Art Museum, Washington State Arts Commission, Art Institute of Chicago and numerous other public, private and corporate collections.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Dan Powell photograph collection primarily consists of large format photographic prints taken by Powell between 1978 and 2012. The constructed photography series contains nineteen discrete photograph projects and several single image works created by Powell between 1978 and 2002. Works in this series include composites, diptychs and triptychs, images with hand drawn marks, as well as hand toned and colored photographs. The landscape and Street photography series contains four discrete photographic projects, and several single image works, taken by Powell between 1982 and 2012 primarily in New York, the upper Midwest, and West. The Western Landscapes Series represents the largest body of work in the collection. The European images series includes two discrete photographic projects and a large number of travel photographs taken by Powell between 1983 and 2012. Many of Powell's landscapes, street scenes, and still lives, were repurposed to create composite, diptych, and triptych works at a later date. Some, particularly prints in the Western Landscape Series, were later hand toned.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Dan Powell Photographs, PH297, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Alternative Forms Available

Selected items are available online in the Dan Powell photographs, 1970s-2000s and the Oregon Percent for Art collection in Oregon Digital.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Constructed photography, 1978-2002Return to Top

The constructed photography series contains nineteen discrete photograph projects, and several single image works, created by Powell between 1978 and 2002. Works in this series include composites, diptychs and triptychs, images with hand drawn marks, as well as hand toned and colored photographs. This series contains the majority of Powell's early work.

This series is intellectually arranged in chronological order, and physically arranged by size.
Container(s) Description Dates
Box
4
Wall Complex Series
1978
4
Flow Chart Series
1979-1980
4
Pattern Seekers Series
1980-1982
3-4
The Letter Series
1982-1983
2
Iowa Series
1982
4
Depiction Series
1983
9
Studio A Series
1983
2, 9
Studio B Series
1983
7, 10
Studio C Series
1984-1985
5, 7, folder 8
Art and Architecture Series
1987
6, folder 9
Artists Model Series
1988-1989
7, folder 10
Chart of Brief Forms Series
1988-1992
1-2,4-5, folders 1, 10
Single image constructed photography
1988-1997
4, 11
Sed Phrases Series
1989
3, 6-7, folder 10
Of Myth and Legend Series
1992-1993
1, 3, 6
Classical Measures Series
1992-1994
3, 12
Light and Stone Series
1993-1995
2, 5, 7-8
Traces in Passing Series
1995-1997
Folder
2-4
The Keeping of Record Series
1999-2002
Box
5-7
In a State of Culture Series
1999-2002

Series II:  Landscape and street photography, 1982-2012Return to Top

The landscape and street photography series contains four discrete photographic projects, and several single image works, taken by Powell between 1982 and 2012. This series contains landscapes and street scenes captured in the United States, primarily in New York, the upper Midwest, and West. The Western Landscapes series, taken by Powell between 1985 and 2007, represents the largest body of work in the collection, totaling over seven hundred black and white images. The series captures the hidden, and often desolate, parts Eastern and Southern Washington State, Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, and South Dakota. A small number of studio still lives are included in this series.

This series is intellectually arranged in chronological order, and physically arranged by size.
Container(s) Description Dates
Box
2, 7, folder 1
Single image landscape and street photography
1982-2010
2, 5, 7
Iowa landscape series
1983-1985, 2002
2, 4-5, 8
New York Series
1983
2-3, 7
Studio Work, New York and Iowa
1984-1987
13-21
Western Landscapes Series
1985-2007

Series III:  European images, 1983-2012Return to Top

The European Images series includes two discrete photographic projects, and a large number of travel photographs, taken by Powell between 1983 and 2012. The Travelogue Series includes black and white landscapes and street scenes taken in France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Turkey, and Croatia. The Museum Pieces Series contains black and white photos of ancient Grecian statues taken at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens. The Cisterns Series contains black and white images of the Basilica Cistern in Istanbul.

This series is intellectually arranged in chronological order, and physically arranged by size.
Container(s) Description Dates
Box
22-23
Travelogue Series
1983-2012
22
Cisterns Series
1996
22
Museum Pieces Series
1996-2012