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Harrison Branch Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Mike Dicianna.

February 23, 2015


“Memories of a 'Darkroom Dinosaur'”  February 23, 2015  Location: Valley Library, Oregon State University.  Watch Video | Download Transcript (PDF)

The Harrison Branch interview focuses principally on Branch's evolving interests and methodology as a photographer, and his association with OSU as a teacher and as an artist.

Over the course of the session, Branch discusses his earliest exposure to photography, his schooling at the San Francisco Art Institute and Yale University, and his arrival at Oregon State University. He likewise recalls specific interests that he has pursued as a photographer including platinum-palladium printmaking, Platinotypes, and the use of bellows cameras for use in large format photography. The interview also touches upon the satisfaction that Branch has taken out of teaching at OSU, his hesitations concerning digital photography, and his continuing interests in retirement.