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Douglas Rea collection of ESPRIT publications

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RITArc-0601

Scope and Contents

The Douglas Rea collection of E.S.P.R.I.T. publications is comprised of all the e.s.p.r.i.t. from 1989-2002. This includes the early newspaper editions from 1989-1990 and magazine editions from 1990-1993. Starting in 1994 digital supplements were added to the photography portfolios to include a CD, DVD, or website.

The 2002 edition of Esprit is called Zazmo. It includes the original photographs taken by students that were later used in their final project - a hexachrome six color book. Inside the book it states: By partnering with the Make-a-Wish Foundation, Zazmo, the 2002 ESPRIT project from RIT, is helping to change the fantasies of these children's imaginations into reality. As adults, it is sometimes hard to remember our childhood fantasies. Embrace Zazmo's beautiful photographs of children's super power fantasies, and recapture the essence of your childhood imagination. Children ages ten and under were asked, "If you could have a super power what would it be, and what would you do?" The answers are only limited by a child's imagination.

For more on Zazmo:


  • Creation: 1989-circa 2007


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

Started in 1989, photojournalism chair Doug Rea initiated a student-run special interest publication which came to be known as e.s.p.r.i.t. (Electronic Still Photography at Rochester Institute of Technology), one of the first publications produced in a totally electronic environment.The publication began with a simple, “eight page newspaper based on electronic photography and the early tools of desktop publishing” (Alyce Smith). By 1994 it was printed as a magazine. Later publications became more complex including full color photography, bound copies, and some with CD / DVD supplements. Since 1994, each printed piece has been accompanied by its own website, and both the printed pieces and the websites have received international acclaim and awards.

Douglas Ford Rea is the ESORIT Project Founder and Director, and Photojournalism program chair at RIT and faculty member since 1976. Prior to that he was a professional photogrpaher. His photographic work has been exhibited extensively. Professor Rea was the founder of the Electronic Photography Lab, The Digital Studios and several digital photography classes as RIT.


3.17 Linear Feet (1- 21" Flat File Box 2- 17" Zazmo Boxes)




Materials are e.s.p.r.i.t. publications and an article about e.s.p.r.i.t. from 1989-2002. The collection includes publications, publication supplements, magazines, and newspapers.


The collection is arranged by material type.

Physical Location

C.S. North, Shelf 152

Other Finding Aids

In addition to this finding aid, an inventory is available below. For more information, please contact the RIT Archive Collections.

Douglas Rea collection of ESPRIT publications

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number(s): 2015:058 The collection was donated to RIT Archive Collections by Doulas Rea in 2006 and 2015.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Amanda Packard in June 2015.

Douglas Rea collection of ESPRIT publications
RIT Archives
Amanda Packard
25 June 2015
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA