FROM all reports it would seem that the Winona School has been a far greater success than any one ever anticipated it could be in its first session, which would of necessity be something of an experiment.

Naturally, a great many eyes have been watching this first school. There are those who have looked upon it as a possible training school for assistants, but it was not. Others have felt that it could only appeal to small town photographers. But all of these ideas were wrong. It was, in reality, a finishing school.

No man is too big to learn from another, even if teacher and pupil are of equal calibre. And the first school has determined beyond question that those who have had the work in charge have been thoroughly competent to pass their knowledge along to all those who are willing to learn.

The school did not offer a beginners' course. That was not its intention. It was to offer a finishing or post graduate course and it has been most beneficial to the man who already knew photography but, as one pupil put it, "who only needed a boost to go over the top."

The association was fortunate in being able to secure the services of Mr. Will Towles who is an excellent teacher. Many photographers know but cannot impart their knowledge to others. Mr. Towles does not teach one style of work - he knows that each photographer must appeal to his particular class of patrons. So he teaches fundamentals of light and shade and balance and then adapts these to all of the different classes of work that are popular, helping each man to accomplish for himself the things that will make him a better workman.

The class was divided into small groups each group spending a certain time in the camera room, then the dark-room, retouching room and printing room, after which the entire class would assemble for general instructions. This was the procedure each day.

Portrait Film Negative, Vitava Print By Albert A. Nicolas Kane, Pa.

Portrait Film Negative, Vitava Print By Albert A. Nicolas Kane, Pa.

Each week different manufacturers' materials were used so no partiality was shown to any one product. The third week of the school, Portrait Film and Ar-tura and Vitava papers were used in all of the work, and from the standpoint of the demonstrators as well as the pupils the week's work was very satisfactory. In fact, one of the fine things about the school was the fine spirit in which every manufacturer's materials were demonstrated on their own merits without reference to competitors' goods.

We predict that the pupils will be the school's biggest advertisement and that in a year or two photographers will attend this school as readily as they attend convention demonstrations. The school not only makes better photographers, but teaches the dignity of the profession as well.

Arrangements are already being made to improve the plan of the work rooms to handle larger classes next year and still to give every man the individual attention he deserves.

Winona is an ideal location for a school of this nature as it has a wealth of natural attractions that make it a pleasant spot but which do not distract from the work that is to be accomplished. The pupils and teachers and demonstrators are thrown together in a way that overcomes formality and makes the school one big family of workers each anxious to help the other and all working for the betterment of their profession.

Portrait Film Against The Light By Albert A. Nicolas.

Portrait Film Against The Light By Albert A. Nicolas.

Portrait Film Negative, Vitava Print By Albert A. Nicolas Kane, Pa.

Portrait Film Negative, Vitava Print By Albert A. Nicolas Kane, Pa.