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Saturday January 12, 2013

BEAVER, Albert Preston (Bert)
On December 18, 2012 in his 91st year at Manchester, New Hampshire. A renowned photo-journalist, fine art photographer, and photographic educator, Bert was predeceased by his wife of more than sixty years, Estelle, and is survived by his four children: Alisa, Mark, Karen, and David; their families; and his sister Joyce Morrow. A Calgary native, Bert studied photography at the Illinois Institute of Technology and the Chicago Institute of Design. After starting as a staff photographer in the Canadian Army, Bert moved on in 1948 to the Stills Division of the National Film Board. In 1950, he joined Weekend Magazine as staff photographer, based in Montreal. Weekend sent him all over the world to document significant events such as the Suez Crisis and the Hungarian Revolution. He also produced fine photographs of Inuit sculpture. In 1968, Harry Callahan hired him to teach at the Rhode Island School of Design. Popular with students and faculty, he later became the head of the Photography Department, retiring as Professor Emeritus in 1995. Deeply affected by social injustice, Bert's work showed compassionate humanism and a distinctive style. He exhibited photographs of Mexican mummies, and New England gravestones (using digital techniques). Bert helped advance digital photography with a project for IBM. His career spanned six decades, and his photographs for Weekend Magazine are now in the Canadian National Archives.

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