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  • Interview with James Caulfield and Patrick Cannon

    Oct 16, 2012
    Interview by Alexandra Markiewicz

    1. James, what led to your interest in photographing architecture? Have you done commercial architectural photography, or is architectural photography more of personal interest? 
    JC: My father was very interested in Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture and his enthusiasm was infectious. I always enjoyed bicycle rides around the Chicago area, particularly the North Shore, where I saw many notable buildings. At the U of I, I took a course in art and architecture. I have done the photographs for four books on buildings by Chicago architects with my colleague Patrick Cannon and would like to do more work for contemporary architects. 

    2. Patrick, how did you get involved in contributing these photos to SAHARA? How does it relate to your research and interests?
    PC: While at Northwestern as an English major and art history minor, I took a course in Chicago architecture taught by Professor Carl Condit, which included several tours of notable Chicago buildings. Even though I ultimately pursued a career in communications, I never lost my interest in architecture. When I moved to Oak Park in 1974, I became involved in what is now the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust. When I retired, I proposed to the Trust that we produce a survey of Wright’s work in Oak Park and River Forest, which was published in 2006 as Hometown Architect: The Complete Buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright in Oak Park and River Forest, Illinois. This led to subsequent books on the Prairie architects generally, Unity Temple, and Louis Sullivan. I joined SAH to gain access to its archives, and have used them extensively. When I became aware of SAHARA, I thought it would be an ideal way of sharing the book’s images with SAH members around the world.

    3. James, describe your methodology or artistic practice when it comes to taking architectural photographs.
    JC: I use only the latest and most sophisticated professional digital equipment. In documenting historic buildings, I shoot using available light, to insure that the architect’s vision is fully realized. The only artificial lights are those the architect included in the design. I combine exposures to include information that might be hidden in single exposures.

    4. What is your favorite photograph or series of photographs that you’ve shared on SAHARA and why? 
    JC: Of the many Frank Lloyd Wright buildings I have photographed, my favorite images include the exterior of the Heurtley House, the Winslow House dining room, the entry vestibule of the William Martin House, and the view of the auditorium of Unity Temple, taken from the pulpit. I was in awe when I took the photograph of the corner exterior of Louis Sullivan’s Guaranty Building in Buffalo, as I was when I stood on the stage of the Auditorium Theatre to photograph the immensity of that great space. 
    PC: While it’s difficult to single out any single image, I do think the photographs that Jim Caulfield took of Sullivan’s Guaranty Building are extraordinary. 

    5. You have contributed 512 photos to SAHARA! How do you envision your photos being used on SAHARA? More broadly, in what ways does architectural photography serve architectural historians?
    JC: My colleague Patrick Cannon and I were fortunate to be able to gain access and photograph buildings that most students and scholars would find it difficult to visit. Now they can, through our work. Also, we were able to photograph interiors that had not heretofore been documented. And, although we hope all these buildings survive, if some are eventually lost, at least this record will survive, thanks to SAH. 
    PC: Jim Caulfield and I hope that scholars and students will take advantage of our images in both their teaching and research or any non-commercial purpose.

    James Caulfield and Patrick Cannon have written four books together: Hometown Architect: The Complete Buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright in Oak Park and River Forest, Illinois, Louis Sullivan: Creating a New American Architecture, Prairie Metropolis: Chicago and the Birth of a New American Home, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple: A Good Time Place.

    To view the images contributed by James Caulfield and Patrick Cannon, search for “Caulfield” or “Patrick Cannon” in SAHARA. When using the images for any non-commercial purpose, please credit James Caulfield. For commercial use, please contact James Caulfield to arrange use of the images. 
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  • Welcome to the new SAH website!

    Sep 25, 2012

    You’ll notice that the menu items have moved from the left of the page to the top. Take a minute to hover over each menu to see how we’ve reorganized the pages. You also can see the site organization in the footer at the bottom of the page or by looking at the sitemap.

    You also will notice a menu at the top right and bottom of the page that will bring you to other areas of the site such as Member Login, Advertising, the Press Room, and Contact Us.

    On the homepage we also have three columns that show you SAH’s most up to date information – Events, News, and the SAH Blog. The blog were previously on SAH Communities, but is now part of the main SAH site. 

    This leads us to our major improvement: by logging into the website once, you will be automatically logged in for the duration of your visit to the site. This means you can purchase tickets to an event, view job postings, and apply for a fellowship in one sitting without having to log in again. In the coming months we will also pull SAHARA and SAH Archipedia into this single sign on process. Keep an eye out for emails and announcements that explain some of the new functionality of the SAH website.

    SAH would also like to announce the search for a new blog editor. The blog is an important piece of the website and of SAH's engagement with the public, and is an excellent opportunity to get involved in the organization and generate discussion.

    Click here for more information or to apply: Call for SAH Blog Editor 

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  • Understanding the Contingent Academic Workforce / The Chronicle of Higher Education by Jason B. Jones

    Jun 22, 2012
    by Jason B. Jones

    Yesterday saw the release of "A Portrait of Part-Time Faculty Members," a new multiyear study from the Coalition on the Academic Workforce. Since contingent faculty make up the majority of the professoriate today, you'd like to think there was some good news in the study.

    In reality, however, the news is bleak:

    - Median pay per course in 2010 was $2,700. ($2,235 at two-year schools; $3400 at four-year doctoral or research schools).

    - Pay doesn't correspond with credentials-wage premiums for better credentials within the contingent workforce are small; likewise, there's not much of a career ladder. And, of course, contingent faculty pay lags behind similarly-educated professionals in other fields.

    - Part-time faculty have access to limited professional development, and are generally excluded from governance.

    - Most part-time faculty teach in such positions for extended periods of time, and most would prefer a full-time appointment, if one were available.

    As Robert Townsend noted on the AHA Today blog:

    "These data are striking, but there's even more emotional impact contained in the Wordle text cloud used as visual at the front of the report (and in this post). It depicts the responses to an open question about the biggest challenges they face as contingent faculty. Not surprisingly, "job," "security," and "time" all stand out. But the most important word here is "lack"-as it's the absence of so many of these things that looms large. The dominance of the word "faculty" points to one of the largest recurring concerns from respondents, the perceived lack of collegiality and respect from many of their colleagues."

    Read the rest of this article on Prof Hacker at The Chronicle of Higher Education

    See the full survey report on contingent faculty at the Coalition on the Academic Workforce website

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