Developing talent

Photographer Jack Wilgus' ability to evolve along with his craft makes him a portrait of innovation, experimentation and change.

September 04, 2007|By Glenn McNatt | Glenn McNatt,Sun art critic

There's a snapshot of Jack Wilgus when he was 8 or 9 years old that shows him out taking pictures with his grandfather. He's got this little plastic Kodak Brownie camera in his hands and seems really eager to use it.

Today, more than half a century later, Wilgus heads the undergraduate photography department at the Maryland Institute College of Art, one of the top schools of its kind in the country, and he remains as passionate about cameras and picture-making as he was as a kid.

If you Go Sabbatical Exhibition, which includes works by Jack Wilgus, runs through Sunday in the Decker Gallery of the Fox Building at Maryland Institute College of Art, 1303 Mount Royal Ave. Call 410-225-2300 or go to www.mica.edu.

Jack Wilgus

Age:

63

Where raised:

Chicago

Education:

The Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology Institute of Design

Job:

Head of undergraduate photography department, Maryland Institute College of Art

On the role of photography:

"Photography is so many things, from NASA's images from space, which are like the 19th-century survey photographs of the Old West, to the heroic photography of W. Eugene Smith and Sabastiao Salgado, which tries to right social injustice, to paparazzi pictures of celebrities. It's everything from the heroic to the sleazy, but it's also the major way we get a sense of who were are today."

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