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Walter Chappell (American, 1925-2000)

Walter Chappell, a student of piano and architecture, spent 1953-1954 at Taliesen West. From 1957-1958, he studied with Minor White in Rochester, New York, and introduced White to the teachings of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky. Together they published a series of articles in Aperture on reading the hidden meaning of things through photographs. Chappell was curator of exhibitions and prints at the George Eastman House from 1957-1961 and helped establish the Association of Heliographers, a cooperative photography gallery on Madison Avenue. He spent his later years in New Mexico and is known for his landscapes and nudes and his "Metaflora" plant studies using Kirilian aura photography.
- Jill Alikas St. Thomas

Selected Bibliography
Butler, Susan, "Santa Fe: Directions Old and New." Creative Camera (n.237, UK, Sept. 1984).

Chappell, Walter, "The Threshold of Vision: Minor White." Aperture (n.95, US, Summer 1984).

Gassan, Arnold, Contemporary Photographers, 3rd edition. United Kingdom: St. James Press, 1995: 180.


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