This section is from the "Studio Light And The Aristo Eagle - A Magazine Of Information For The Profession 1909" book, by Aristo Motto. Also see Amazon: Studio Light And The Aristo Eagle - A Magazine Of Information For The Profession 1909.
At the 1909 Convention of the Inter-Mountain Photographers' Association, held in Salt Lake City, Utah. April 5 to 8, work of an unusually high order was exhibited.
The competitive exhibit was divided into two classes - Class I, open to all members of the Association. The award in this class being a handsome silver trophy for the best collection of photographic portraits. Class II, being open to all members from towns of ten thousand population or less. The trophy in Class I was awarded to Frank E. Dean of Grand Junction, Colorado, for his magnificent display on Angelo Sepia Platinum. Mr. Dean has kindly furnished us with a duplicate set of prints for reproduction and we take pleasure in publishing them in this issue. In sending the prints Mr. Dean says, " I could write on any subject probably better than myself or my own work. I never made any progress until I got rid of the idea that I knew anything, and since then I have become convinced of the superior knowledge and ability of so many of the craft that I feel like making a break for the tall timber when the subject of self is introduced."
Mr. Dean went to Colorado in 1S8'2, when Colorado seemed much further from the center of things than now, but kept right on coming East to attend conventions, even when he had to borrow the money for the trip. He located in Grand Junction in 1900 and built a small studio, went East to a convention, came back and rebuilt it. Since then he has once more remodeled it. and now has plans for a still better one. Mr. Dean says, " I think it good business to keep a little ahead of the town, even if it takes the last dollar and then some."
From A Velvet Nepera Print Frank E. Dean Grand Junction, Colo.
" I believe in taking care of all classes of trade, and so make work from three dollars a dozen to eighteen dollars a dozen and find the demand for the better stuff" grows.
" I think we all can take a lesson from Studio Light. You could print as much in a common one, but it would not touch the spot. Its neatness suggests system, a thing we photographers are short on - it makes no excuses (don't have to), another place where we are lame, and taken all in all there is enough in the get-up of Studio Light to set any photographer thinking."
Eastman Plate Tank
It is in appreciation of the photographers of America, both men and women, that I have prepared for publication the following list of names, representing those who have given me their written promises to send of their work to the Rochester convention. Not one of these will disappoint our association by failing to fulfil their pledge. This being true, can we measure the influence and character of this exhibition?
It is understood that the appeal this year is for individuality. Pictures that please the sense of the makers and represent their own characteristics and individuality. The aim of this undertaking is to get our members in line of thinking more seriously of personal effort, and by so doing to break away from the habit of the copyist, which too often causes the productions of different photographers to look alike: in short, let us prove our capabilities.
If added to this list I were to subjoin the names of all those who have given their verbal promise, this list would be largely increased. Either Mr. Proctor or myself will be pleased to receive a card from any person who desires to participate in this exhibition. It is important that word shall be received at an early date, that the name of the exhibitor may appear in the catalogue of the exhibition, which is to be published for the benefit of all those attending the convention.