Porter's Early Years Porter's Introduction to Photography A Love for Science Committing to a Career in Art

Porter's Early Years

Laura Gilpin (1891–1979) 
Eliot Porter, Tesuque, New Mexico, March 28, 1952 
 1979, Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas, Bequest of the artist
(P1979.230.2256)As a boy, Eliot Furness Porter (1901–1990) explored nature, discovered cameras, and became fascinated with chemistry. Later in his life, Porter combined his knowledge of these subjects and became famous for his color photographs of nature.

Porter grew up in Winnetka, Illinois, a wooded village on Lake Michigan, north of Chicago. Eliot's mother, Ruth, read tirelessly to her five children. Beach, Butter Island, Maine, August 1937 (P1990.54.206.2) His father, James, introduced Eliot to nature in the Illinois landscape and later on a coastal island in Maine. Both parents taught their children to respect both people and the environment.

In 1910, when Porter was nine, his father purchased Great Spruce Head Island in Penobscot Bay, Maine, which became the family's summer home. During the summers, Eliot and his older sister and younger brothers spent their days in and around the sea, swimming at high tide and exploring the shore during low tide.

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2002 Amon Carter Museum