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Frank Scott Clark occupies a unique position in the photographic world and especially in Detroit. He has grown up with the social, the artistic and the financial life of his city and has maintained his position in all three.
Socially his position is an enviable one. His early friendships have been maintained and enhanced with the wonderful financial and social growth of this great manufacturing city and he has grown into this life rather than out of it.
Both wise and fortunate investments have made him independent but not idle. His interest in art has never waned and while his ability with the brush has given him distinction in art circles it has never lessened his love for photography.
One might say he has been a factor in narrowing the breach between the two. He has taught his friends of the brush to respect photography - to realize its possibilities as a means of expression rather than to see only its limitations. And on the other hand his activities in art circles have helped photographers and those of more practical minds to a better appreciation of the aims and ideals of the artist.
Mr. Clark is the head of the Art Committee of the exclusive Detroit Athletic Club and has personally selected the greater number of paintings in its excellent art collection. He is also president of the Scarab Club, the most representative body of artists in the city and an organization which is very widely known for its social as well as art activities.
But all of this has not turned Mr. Clark's head. The best evidence of this is the fact that he is also President of the Photographic Society of Detroit, a body of his brother photographers. Those he called his friends in the days of the old Clark studio are still his most loyal friends. And it was this old studio that really turned the financial tide for Mr. Clark.
Detroit was growing rapidly and the time came when he had to choose between buying the building he occupied or finding a new location.
He bought. And almost immediately Detroit built around his property. In fact it became so valuable that it would have been the greatest kind of extravagance to retain it as a studio. So it was sold for what most people would consider a fortune and there is a new and well established Frank Scott Clark Studio in a new location.
But it wouldn't matter where Mr. Clark might locate in Detroit, his following is so great, his friends and associates so influential that he simply could not help being successful.
Portrait Film Negative, Artura Print By Frank Scott Clark Detroit, Mich.
It is only his love for the profession, we think, that keeps him in business. Yet he is just as enthusiastic as in the old days. "Super Speed Film is the greatest achievement in film making since the invention of photography, in my opinion," Mr. Clark says and the results he secures on film are really wonderful.
We consider it a privilege to be able to devote the pages of this number of Studio Light to some of the excellent examples of Mr. Clark's recent work which we are sure our readers will appreciate.