MS 1129 - Brad Phalin Photograph Collection
|Title||MS 1129 - Brad Phalin Photograph Collection|
|Subject||BGSU Centennial History|
The Brad Phalin photograph collection covers the date range 1985-1996. The collection consists of three linear feet of photograph material relating to Bowling Green State University and the surrounding area.
The material was donated to the Center for Archival Collections in August 2009, December 2011 and April 2012 by Brad Phalin. Copyright for the images in the collection are held by Brad Phalin and only he may issue permission for their use.
The register was prepared by Dana Nemeth, Library Associate II, and Latifah Street, Student Archival Assistant, in October 2009, and it was revised by Christopher Ilse, Student Archival Assistant, in April 2012.
Brad Phalin was a student photographer for Bowling Green State University’s yearbook, The Key from 1987-1989 and he served as its Editor for the 1989 edition. Phalin was born and raised in northwest Ohio. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Photojournalism from BGSU in December 1988 and has served as a staff photographer in the Department of Marketing and Communications at BGSU since 1999.
In 2004, Brad Phalin was awarded a fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council. His photographs have been shown in galleries in New York City, Chicago, and universities throughout Ohio. Phalin’s photograph project entitled “Archaeology of the American Dream” was exhibited at the University of Cincinnati’s Clermont College art gallery. Pieces from this series, as well as new photographs, were most recently displayed in the Las Manos Gallery in Chicago in September 2009. His work has been featured in various national publications including Photo District News and Oxford American. Phalin recently joined the New Orleans Photo Alliance where he will continue to promote and encourage the understanding of photography.
|Scope and Content|
The material in the collection relates primarily to Phalin’s role as yearbook photographer for BGSU’s The Key from 1987-1989. Highlights from the 1987 portion of the collection include photographs of musical performances on campus, the “Great Peace March,” the “Free South Africa” Union Oval protest, and President Richard Nixon arriving at Woody Hayes’ funeral in Columbus. A highlight from the 1988 portion is images from an INXS concert on campus, and highlights from 1989 include images of President Reagan’s visit to campus and images from off-campus student parties. An index to The Key images compiled by Phalin can be found at the beginning of Box 1.
The collection also includes photographs and negatives taken by Phalin for class assignments during the same time period, including photo essays such as “Green House” and “Little Red Schoolhouse.” Other subjects include local musicians, community members, city scenes, and campus life. Personal portfolio and free-lance projects, including images from local professional sporting events, are also part of the collection. Color snapshots and negatives of images of campus life, Greek events and sporting events complete the collection. Phalin’s three day-by-day calendars, also part of the collection, contain notations regarding photo assignments, homework deadlines, and other personal activities from his college career.
The fact that these photographs are taken from a student’s perspective, where Phalin had access to aspects of student life not normally recorded by official university press, gives the collection its unique qualities. Researchers interested in images of everyday student life and local Bowling Green city scenes during the late 1980s will find this collection useful.
CALENDARS (1 folder)
KEY YEARBOOK NEGATIVES AND CONTACT SHEETS
CONTACT SHEETS, PHOTOGRAPHS, SLIDES AND NEGATIVES
COLOR SNAPSHOTS AND COLOR NEGATIVES