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Vintage Arizona State

© 1979 2020 by Gayle Martin. All Rights Reserved.

I attended Arizona State University in the late 1970s and early 1980s. ASU was, and still is, a beautiful campus with impressive architecture and scenic landscaping. I revisited the campus in 2011. Some areas looked exactly as they did when I was a student. Others, however, were very different. The most notable change was the architecture college. I was an art major, and the art building stood next to the old architecture building. The old architecture building is still there, however the architectecure college has expanded considerably. It’s in a newer, bigger building, and it’s now part of the Design School, which includes graphic design, interior design and other courses of study. This change was in the early planning stages at the time I graduated, but it was still quite a surprise to see how different it was. 

One of the things I love the most about photography is that it’s more than just a visual art. It’s a time machine. Photographs capture unique moments in time and preserves them forever. 

I have two restored vintage 35mm photos in my Vintage Arizona State University Series. The first is Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium, which sits on the southwest corner of the campus. Gammage Auditorium was the last building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. It had originally been designed to be an opera house in Baghdad, Iraq, but for whatever reason, was never built, so it became an iconic Arizona landmark. Construction began in 1962, and it was completed in 1964. My photo was taken in 1979, and the building is much the same.

The other photo was taken from the art building fourth floor balcony, circa 1979. This spot was my early morning before class hangout. I loved the view of the plaza between the art building and the old architecture building. Behind the old architecture building you can see other parts of the campus, including Sun Devil Stadium, which has changed considerably since then. 

My college years were a wonderful time in my life, but if I had it to do over again, I would have gotten my degree in photography. 

Gayle Martin 

© 1979 2020 by Gayle Martin. All Rights Reserved.