Ira Current photographs

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Collection Overview
Biographical Information for Ira Current
Scope and Content
Additional Finding Aids
Subject Headings
Information for Researchers
Administrative Information

Collection Overview (Collapse)

Ira Current photographs
Current, Ira B.
Seven photographs by Ira Current. Photographs are modern prints from 2002 made with original negatives dated 1929-1992.
0.9 Linear feet (1 Lid box)
Dimensions note
Photographs measure 9 x 13.75 to 11 x 14 inches
C. S. East Wall, Shelf 46
RIT Archive Collections
RIT Libraries
Wallace Center
90 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, New York, 14623
(585) 475-2557

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Biographical Information for Ira Current (Collapse)

Born in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1910, Ira Current became active in photography in 1924, photographing area people, scenery, and events. He worked part-time and summers and one full year in Stewart Brothers photo finishing and photoengravers from 1928 until 1933. The fine arts department at the University of Colorado in Boulder provided work and a darkroom studio that was supplemented by portrait and other photography to finance his bachelor's degree in 1934.

He joined Agfa Ansco Corporation in Binghamton, New York where he continued until 1972, punctuated by service at the Naval Photographic Center during World War II. He then taught color printing theory, and materials and processes of photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology until 1987. Current was also an author and contributor of several books dealing with color and toning, most notably Materials and Processes of Photography and Photographic Color Printing: Theory and Technique.

He held several one-man shows of his work, and participated in many group exhibitions. He was a Fellow of the Photographic Society of America and of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.

Ira Current died May 19, 2009 at age 98.

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Scope and Content (Collapse)

Ira Current photographs consists of seven modern prints made in 2002 from original negatives, 1929-1992. These prints were likely made for an exhibit:

  • Summers, 1928, print #17
  • After a Day's Work, 1929, print #27
  • Prairie Gothic, 1932, print #19
  • Midland Terminal Round House, 1932, print #25
  • Red Rock Canyon, 1949, print #1
  • Wireless Communications, 1962, print #13
  • Rockport Windows, 1992, print #9

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Arrangement (Collapse)

Photographs are arranged chronologically by the original date of creation.

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Additional Finding Aids (Collapse)

In addition to this finding aid, an inventory is available below. For more information, please contact the RIT Archive Collections.

Ira Current photographs

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Subject Headings (Collapse)

Personal Name(s)

  • Current, Ira B.

Corporate Name(s)

  • Rochester Institute of Technology -- Faculty.
  • Rochester Institute of Technology -- Photograph collections.
  • Rochester Institute of Technology. School of Photographic Arts and Sciences.


  • Landscape photography


  • Photographs
  • Portraits

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Information for Researchers (Collapse)

Preferred Citation

Ira Current photographs, RIT Archive Collections

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open to researchers.

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Administrative Information (Collapse)

Collection ID


Processing Information

Finding aid created by Amy Vilz in September 2011.

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