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Parsons School of Design Henry Wolf Lecture Series recordings ➔ Henry Wolf Lecture

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Henry Wolf (speaker)
Randolph Swearer (speaker)
Parsons School of Design (producer)


December 8 1998


Dean of Parsons School of Design Randy Swearer introduces Henry Wolf, calling him "revolutionary," and "an architect" of design. He describes Wolf as equally impactful in the worlds of photography and design, respectively, as well as deeply influential within the institution of Parsons itself. In reflecting on his fity-plus year career in design, Wolf asks himself and the audience "why me?" Along the way, he gives a kind of informal history of the magazine world (he worked for Esquire and Show, and shows slides of his magazine work over the years). An exhibition of Wolf's photographs corresponds with the lecture series. Wolf's autobiography is very detailed, and includes discussion of his rejection from (and subsequent teaching appointment at) Cooper Union, and his night classes at The New School, and his time in World War II. Wolf jokes that "Hitler threw me out of Vienna;" he later joined the US Army. While in the Army, Wolf was stationed in Japan and found his time there particularly influential upon his relationship to color and perspective.

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