Open Water (Huron River, MI), 1977
vintage gelatin silver contact print
image 13 x 10
|Howard Bond began photographing in 1945 and has been engaged in black and white photography as a fine art since the 1960's. His photographs are in the collections of more than thirty museums, including museums in London, Paris, San Francisco, Tucson, Fort Worth, Denver, St. Louis, Kansas City, Chicago, Columbus, Toledo, Detroit, Cleveland, New Orleans, Washington, Baltimore, Boston, and Norfolk.
He has made 22 limited edition portfolios of prints. There were 55 sets of Portfolio IV: Huron River, but most had editions of 25 or 30. His second book, White Motif: The Cyclades Islands of Greece, featured designs made from whitewashed buildings. In l985, the Michigan Council for the Arts awarded him a Creative Artists Grant.
In addition to making new photographs, he thas taught workshops on black and white negative making and printing for 34 years. Since 1985, he has written over 100 articles for Photo Techniques magazine, to which he is a contributing editor.
His photographs are made with large view cameras, in the tradition of Group f64. He has adopted, taught, and written about the use of unsharp masks for black and white printing, which allow more detailed prints than are possible by conventional means.