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Dr. Walter "Nobby" Clark (English/American, 1899-1991), Expedition photographs, 1938, some with National Geographic blind-stamp

Dr. Walter "Nobby" Clark (English/American, 1899-1991), Expedition photographs, 1938, some with National Geographic blind-stamp

Item Description:

Photographs from an expedition to Alaska, August to September, 1938. Some photographs with National Geographic Society blindstamp. Including images of Bradford Washburn, the pilot Kirk Kirkpatrick, geologist Dr. Hanna, and Mr. and Mrs. Dr. Walter Clark. Including a copy of the book "Photography by Infrared" by Dr. Walter Clark, and a scanned copy of the March 1939 Kodak Magazine featuring images from this expedition

Published: 1939, March. "Kodak: A Magazine for Eastman Employees," pp 9-10


Faded, toned, and with damage to the edges and corners. Please contact for specific condition questions. Not examined out of the frame.


Collection of the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dr. Walter Clark


15 in. x 20 in. (2)
14 in. x 10.875 in. (7)
8.5 in. x 11 in. (8)
7.5 in. x 9 in. (15)
7 in. x 9 in.
8 in. x 10 in. (10)

About The Artist:

Born in England in 1899, Dr. Walter "Nobby" Clark was a photographic chemist primarily interested in color, aerial, and infrared photography. After serving as the head of the Kodak Harrow Research Laboratories in England from 1928 to 1931, he became the director of the applied photographic division at Kodak's headquarters in Rochester, New York.

In 1934, Clark published his findings on the use of infrared photography in the Journal of the Biological Photographic Association. In this article, he noted the possible uses of infrared technology, including for mammograms and to detect the spread of lupus cells in affected patients. Clark's research in infrared photography continued into the late 1930s. In 1939, he wrote what was then known as the definitive work on infrared photography. His research in this field continued; Clark published a second edition in 1946. A third edition was written by Henry Lou Gibson and published in 1978.

In the summer of 1938, Clark joined Harvard explorer Bradford Washburn on a three-month aerial expedition over Alaska, where they planned to explore and photograph the valleys of the Saint Elias Mountain Range, accessible only by air. This range rises from the Gulf of Alaska and extends north, containing Mt. St. Elias, the second highest peak in the United States. The purpose of the expedition was to determine how Kodak's new black and white Aero film would react when exposed to arctic conditions. In 1947, Kodak sent Washburn on another expedition, this time to test their Ektachrome and Kodacolor Aero films on Alaska's Mount McKinley.

Clark went on to specialize in photography preservation in the 1980s. During his long career, he worked with well-known American photographers including Lee Miller and Ansel Adams. Clark was also a regular contributor to the magazine Popular Photography. He was also instrumental in creating the George Eastman House, an institution preserving George Eastman's photography collection and original scientific apparatuses permanently housed in the George Eastman residence in Rochester, New York. Clark passed away in 1991.


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