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

A Love for Science

Porter was not enthusiastic about high school until his sophomore year, when he took a chemistry class taught by "…an inspiring teacher who opened doors to a whole new world of science." For his birthday that year, his parents gave him a chemistry set. Porter had fun performing simple experiments. Soon he began to devote more and more time to laboratory science. Later, he studied biochemistry and bacteriology at Harvard University and then went on to obtain a medical degree. He began his professional career as a medical researcher at Harvard. For ten years he studied and tested single-cell plant forms under a microscope.  
Spruce Trees, Fish Hawk Point, Great Spruce Head Island, Maine, July 1934 (P1990.54.196)
Porter's Early Years Porter's Introduction to Photography A Love for Science Committing to a Career in Art
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2002 Amon Carter Museum