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Photo Gallery: A sense of worth

This photo, taken at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church of Florence, reminds me of the first picture I shot for my first photography class at the University of Wisconsin in 1977. It was a shadows-on-white-building-and-steps type of picture, done in black and white. I remember my professor doting on the picture during a critique. At the end of the semester, I stayed after class to quiz him about life as a photographer. He flatly told me that it’s an awful profession, that most people buying pictures don’t know what a good one is and suggested I “go to school to learn something worthwhile.” About a month later, I applied and was accepted at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design as a photography major.  To date, I think my career has been worthwhile. 

JERREY ROBERTS

This photo, taken at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church of Florence, reminds me of the first picture I shot for my first photography class at the University of Wisconsin in 1977. It was a shadows-on-white-building-and-steps type of picture, done in black and white. I remember my professor doting on the picture during a critique. At the end of the semester, I stayed after class to quiz him about life as a photographer. He flatly told me that it’s an awful profession, that most people buying pictures don’t know what a good one is and suggested I “go to school to learn something worthwhile.” About a month later, I applied and was accepted at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design as a photography major. To date, I think my career has been worthwhile. JERREY ROBERTS Purchase photo reprints »

This photo, taken at the Seventh-day Adventist Church of Florence, reminds me of the first picture I shot for my first photography class at the University of Wisconsin in 1977. It was a shadows-on-white-building-and-steps type of picture, done in black and white. I remember my professor praising the picture during a critique. At the end of the semester, I stayed after class to quiz him about life as a photographer. He flatly told me that it’s an awful profession, that most people buying pictures don’t know what a good one is and suggested I “go to school to learn something worthwhile.” About a month later, I applied and was accepted at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design as a photography major. To date, I think my career has been worthwhile.

— Jerrey Roberts

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