Steve Fitch photographs
Scope and Contents
Signed, titled, and dated by the photographer on versos of prints.
- Fitch, Steve, 1949- (Photographer)
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Ten prints: gift of Steve Fitch, 2017. For more information see entries for items in this guide.
25 Linear Feet (9 boxes)
Steve Fitch (born 1949)
Fitch earned a Master of Arts in Photography from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque in 1978. He was then a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Colorado, Boulder, from 1979 to 1985. He also collaborated with other photographers, including Linda Connor, Rick Dingus, John Pfahl, and Charles Roitz, in a project, Marks and Measures: Rock Art in Modern Art Context, funded by a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1981. This project photographically documented prehistoric Native American pictograph and petroglyph sites in the American West and led to their co-authored book, Marks in Place: Contemporary Responses to Rock Art (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1988) with essays by Polly Schaafsma and Keith Davis as well as a foreword by Lucy Lippard.
From 1986 to 1990, Fitch was a lecturer in the Visual Arts Program at Princeton University. He then returned to New Mexico and began photographing the High Plains. In 1999, he received the Eliot Porter Fellowship from the New Mexico Council for Photography to complete the project. Photographs from this project appeared in his book, Gone: Photographs of Abandonment on the High Plains (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2003).
Since 1990, Fitch has taught photography at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design (formerly known as The College of Santa Fe).
In 2011, Fitch published Motel Signs (Portland, Oregon: Nazraeli Press, 2011). He also contributed photographs to Steve Bogener, William E. Tydeman, Barry Holstun Lopez, et al, Llano Estacado: An Island in the Sky (Lubbock: Texas Tech University Press, 2011). In 2016, he published American Motel Signs 1980-2008 (London: The Velvet Cell, 2016) and in 2018 he published Vanishing Vernacular: Western Landmarks (Staunton, Virginia: George F. Thompson Publishing, 2018).
These materials have been arranged and described according to national and local standards. For more information, please refer to the Beinecke Manuscript Unit Processing Manual.
Each folder in the collection contains a single photographic print or inkjet print.
- Arizona -- Pictorial works
- California -- Pictorial works
- Colorado -- Pictorial works
- Drive-in theaters -- West (U.S.) -- Pictorial works
- Fitch, Steve, 1949-
- Inkjet prints
- Kansas -- Pictorial works
- Michigan -- Pictorial works
- Montana -- Pictorial works
- Nebraska -- Pictorial works
- Neon signs -- West (U.S.) -- Pictorial works
- Nevada -- Pictorial works
- New Mexico -- Pictorial works
- Oklahoma -- Pictorial works
- Painted signs and signboards -- West (U.S.) -- Pictorial works
- Photographic prints
- Radio and television towers -- West (U.S.) -- Pictorial works
- Roadside architecture -- West (U.S.) -- Pictorial works
- South Dakota -- Pictorial works
- Texas -- Pictorial works
- Utah -- Pictorial works
- West (U.S.) -- Pictorial works
- Wyoming -- Pictorial works
- Guide to the Steve Fitch Photographs
- In Progress
- by Matthew Daniel Mason
- January 2018
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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