David Avison

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David Avison
David Avison

(1937-03-13)March 13, 1937
Harrisonburg, Virginia,
United States
DiedMarch 7, 2004(2004-03-07) (aged 66)
EducationPh.D., Physics, Brown University
OccupationPhotographer and Physicist
Parent(s)Charles Avison and Kathryn Drive Avison

David Avison (March 13, 1937 – March 7, 2004) was an American photographer and physicist, best known for his use of a wide angle lens to capture nature, crowds, and portraits. Focused on panoramic photography, Avison photographed Chicago's urban landscapes,[1] turning to Chicago's beaches for his contribution to the documentary project Changing Chicago (1987–88, Art Institute of Chicago).[2] Avison spent the bulk of his photographic career in Chicago before moving to Boston in 1997.

Avison received his Ph.D. in Physics from Brown University in 1966 and an M.S. in photography from the Illinois Institute of Chicago's Institute of Design. He worked as an instructor of physics at Brown University from 1959 to 1966 and an instructor of physics at Purdue University from 1967 to 1969.[3]

Combining his love of physics and photography, Avison designed and built his own panoramic cameras which he used to take all of his photographs.[4] Two of Avison's handmade cameras as well as models and notes were donated to the George Eastman House on his death in 2004.[5]

Grants and awards[edit]

  • NEA, 1977
  • Midwest Museum of American Art, Elkhart, Indiana 1980
  • IAC, 1984 [6]

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Published Papers and Journals[edit]

  • Information Systems Journal
  • Information Systems Development: Methodologies, Techniques and Tools


  1. ^ http://www.curcom.org/news_midwest.pdf
  2. ^ http://collections.mocp.org/detail.php?type=related&kv=6853&t=people
  3. ^ Changing Chicago: A Photodocumentary, 1989, University of Illinois Press, Chicago
  4. ^ http://www.tbf.org/tbfgen1.asp?id=3161
  5. ^ http://www.eastmanhouse.org/media/annual-reports/2004.report.pdf
  6. ^ Changing Chicago: A Photodocumentary, 1989, University of Illinois Press, Chicago

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