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John Retallack Colleagues portraits

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RITArt-0068

Scope and Contents

The John Retallack Colleagues portraits includes fifteen 13 x 11 black and white portraits of Rochester Institute of Technology faculty which were part of a photo essay in Colleagues published in 2011 by the RIT Cary Press. Colleagues includes portraits of John Retallack's friends and colleagues at Rochester Institute of Technology accompanied by a poem by Anne Coon, Professor Emeritus in the College of Liberal Arts Enter the Eyes. Also included is a 32 x 24 inch poster of six of the RIT faculty portraits. John Retallack is a former RIT faculty member in the Photo department of the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences. A collection of black & white photographs of artists and educators, many of whom teach or work at Rochester Institute of Technology, others are from the Rochester community.


  • Creation: 2006-2007


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical Information: John Retallack

As an undergraduate, John worked with RIT professor Charlie Arnold. After graduation he worked in New York City as an assistant to many important photographers of people for the advertising business. In 1973, he opened his own business also working for advertising agencies. In 1981, he joined the faculty at Rochester Institute of Technology and the School of Photographic Arts & Sciences. He is now retired from teaching and freelancing again, photographing people, places and things. Says John Retallack of his Colleagues project, In this project I am photographing people that I know personally or that I know by reputation. Because I am familiar with the sitters I often am looking for a certain expression or mannerism. Nonetheless discovery is always present. The photographs that please me most are the ones I feel are the most accurate characterizations of the sitters.


16 Item(s) (1 box containing 15 portraits and 1 poster )




The John Retallack Colleagues portraits consist of fifteen black-and-white portraits of RIT faculty. The portraits are 13 x 11 inches and each is matted. Also included is a 32 x 24 inch poster printed with 6 of the portraits used in the book, Colleagues.


The portraits are arranged together in a box. The poster is in a poster drawer.

Physical Location

C.S. Mid-Range, Shelf 213 - Box of prints
C.S. Poster Drawer, Drawer 46 - poster

Other Finding Aids

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

John Retallack Colleagues portraits


  • Colleagues/ by John Retallack and Anne C. Coon. Rochester, NY: Cary Graphic Arts Press, 2011

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Jody Sidlauskas in January 2012.

John Retallack "Colleagues" portraits
RIT Art Collection
Jody Sidlauskas
13 January 2012
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA