Richard K. Shirk Photographs

Debra Rousspoulos
The University Library
Special Collections and Archives
University Library
University of California, Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, California, 95064
Email: specoll@library.ucsc.edu
URL: http://library.ucsc.edu/speccoll/
© 2011
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Richard K. Shirk Photographs

Collection number: MS 418

The University Library

Special Collections and Archives

University of California, Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, California
Processed by:
Debra Rousspoulos
Date Completed:
2012
Encoded by:
Debra Roussopoulos
© 2011 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Richard K. Shirk photographs
Dates: 1970-1985
Collection number: MS 418
Creator: Shirk, Richard K.
Collection Size: 1 document box
Repository: University of California, Santa Cruz. University Library. Special Collections and Archives
Santa Cruz, California 95064
Abstract: 35 color photographs and CD-ROM disk, 1970-1983; plus a 3 page resume summarizing Richard Shirk's education and experience.
Physical location: Stored in Special Collections & Archives: Advance notice is required for access to the papers.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access

Collection open for research.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to publish or to reproduce the material, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

Preferred Citation

Richard K. Shirk photographs. MS 418. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Biography

Born July 24, 1924 in Syracuse, New York, Richard K. Shirk started his photographic career in 1939 at the Grosse Pointe News in Michigan. He joined the U.S. Air Force during WWII and was attached to the Night Photo Reconnaissance Squadron where he worked with Dr. Harold Edgerton on the development of electronic flash for night photography. While in the service he learned aerial photography and was crew chief in Europe, 1944-1945.
After the war he attended Kenyon College in Ohio and earned a B.A. in Philosophy. He served an apprenticeship in New York under Charles Kerlee in commercial photography, then started his own studio in the Detroit, Michigan area in 1950 specializing in architectural photography. His clients included Eero Saarinen, Minuro Yamasaki, Architectural Record, Architectural Forum, and Better Homes and Gardens. He expanded his studio, shifted back to commercial photography and was hired by Dow Chemical Co., 3M Corp, Bendix Corp. and others. In the late 1970's he expanded his knowledge of color print making and learned experimental underwater photography.
He won awards from the Detroit Art Directors Club and the Focus '77 Show.
He was guest lecturer at Western Michigan University in 1972, and taught classes at Wayne State University during 1978-1980.
His exhibitions include:
  • "Trees, Patterns and People" -- Scarab Club, Detroit - 1973
  • "Singular Color Images" Scarab Club, Detroit and Midland Gallery, Midland - 1977
  • Detroit Artists Guild - 1977
  • Focus '77 Show, Battle Creek - 1977
  • Halsted Gallery, Birmingham, Michigan - 1979
  • Detroit Artists Market - 1980
Collections:
  • Toledo Art Museum
  • Detroit Institute of Art
  • K-Mart Corp.
  • Alden Dow, and other private collectors
Shirk moved to Monterey County, California in 1984 and died in 1985.

Scope and Content of Collection

This collection contains 35 - 8 x 10 inch color photographs by Richard K. Shirk from the Halsted Gallery exhibition in Detroit of May 5 - June 2, 1979. The photographs are contained in a 3 ring binder, with a CD-ROM disk of over 200 of Shirk's favorite images. There is also a 3 page resume highlighting the education and experience of Richard Shirk's life.

Arrangement

Photographs are in original binder order.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Shirk, Richard K.
Photography

Related Material

MS 118 Patricia and Richard Shirk Collection of Photographs.

Container List

box 1

# 117 Hose and Porch, 1970-1979

box 1

# 104 Cut Out Door, Virgin Islands, 1970-1979

box 1

# 141 Tin, Antiqua, 1970-1979

box 1

# 103 Green Door, Montreal, 1970-1979

box 1

# 108 Rust, Bayfield, Ontario, 1970-1979

box 1

# 125 Cabbage Leaves, 1970-1979

box 1

# 129 Fire Escape, Tire Tread, 1970-1979

box 1

# 121 St. Louis Arch #1, 1970-1979

box 1

# 122 St. Louis Arch #2, 1970-1979

box 1

# 101 Door Knob, 1970-1979

box 1

# 118 Door and Wall, Odell, Illinois, 1970-1979

box 1

# 114 Trees, Lake Powell, 1970-1979

box 1

# 126 Purple Spot, Mexico, 1970-1979

box 1

# 127 Oil Pattern, Mexico, 1970-1979

box 1

# 124 Airport, Borrego Springs, California, 1970-1979

box 1

# 143 Salt Piles, Bonaire, 1970-1979

box 1

# 119 Barns, Ohio, 1970-1979

box 1

# 110 Salt Ponds #1 San Francisco Bay, 1970-1979

box 1

# 111 Salt Ponds #2 San Francisco Bay, 1970-1979

box 1

# 112 Salt Ponds #3 San Francisco Bay, 1970-1979

box 1

# 113 Salt Ponds #4 San Francisco Bay, 1970-1979

box 1

# 142 School Bus, Los Angeles, 1970-1979

box 1

# 116 Slide in Fog, 1970-1979

box 1

# 105 Grass on Pond, Yellowstone, 1970-1979

box 1

# 107 Boat Wake, 1970-1979

box 1

# 131 Dune #1, Death Valley, 1970-1979

box 1

# 133 Dune #3, Death Valley, 1970-1979

box 1

# 137 Dune #7, Death Valley, 1970-1979

box 1

# 135 Dune #5, Death Valley, 1970-1979

box 1

# 132 Dune #2, Death Valley, 1970-1979

box 1

# 109 Sunrise, Mono Lake, 1970-1979

box 1

# 120 Barns, Killarney, 1970-1979

box 1

# 128 Stop Signs, Mexico, 1970-1979

box 1

# 123 Spindrift, Nova Scotia, 1970-1979

box 1

# 102 Sunflowers, North Dakota, 1970-1979