Frank Hardy Photography

Winona School …

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These two images were made by my father when he attended the Winona School of Photography in Indiana back in the 1950’s.  The Professional Photographers of America ( PPofA ) held a school at Winona Lake several times during the year and it was taught by several Master’s of Photography.  I ran across these negatives that my dad made in the class and thought they were interesting … very few photographers today are aware of the equipment that was available sixty years ago.  You have to remember that strobe equipment was only a few years old and color paper was still five to seven years out … I do not think that my dad started photographing in color on a full time basis until the mid 1960’s.  Kodak never started guaranteeing the permanence of their color process until the 1970’s.  The PPofA closed Winona and moved the school to their office in Des Plains, IL in the 1980’s and I was fortunate to go and spend a week taking a class in commercial photography.



Written by Frank Hardy

January 22, 2011 at 3:59 pm

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  1. I worked for a couple of summers at the School of Photography in early 1960’s. The school handled local girls for models. I believe this girl’s name was Sandy Brubaker. Very good looking and nice girl.


    Vernon Brown

    May 16, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    • Vernon – Thanks for the comment. You do not have any idea who the photographer teaching the class was, do you? My dad only went once to Winona when it was in Indiana. I went back int the 1980’s after they moved it to Des Plaines. One of the best weeks in my photography education. Years later, I got to spend a week with Al Gilbert and Frank Cirrichio in Greenville, Sc. I went from making 70’s at state print competition to making 80’s at national after those classes. Thanks for the comment and hope you like my content on my two blogs. Frank


      Frank Hardy

      May 16, 2012 at 3:11 pm

      • Frank – Unfortunately, I don’t remember hardly any of the instructors names any longer. The head of the school then was Howard Weber from Ohio and I’m not sure of his title, but Gerhardt Bakker was an art and photography instructor from the Layton School of Art in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was at the school for the whole summer, while others came and went depending on the courses being taught. Here is a link to some info about him.

        My Dad was a professional photographer from Burlington, Iowa and that is how I got the summer job at the school. We processed film, loaded film holders, helped set up the student shooting areas, etc. The picture you have looks like it was taken in the schools auditorium. I was always interested in photography, but did not ever go into the business, even though I’m sure my Dad would have liked that.

        I can tell you are an outstanding photographer Your pictures are great. I’m going to show your website to my daughter-in-law who has quite an interest in photography.


        Vernon Brown

        May 16, 2012 at 4:08 pm

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