G. Zimbel.

THE MIT PROJECT 1958

In May 1958 the U.S. Information Agency commissioned me to do a photographic essay on MIT . The resultant 50 print portfolio was sent to U.S. embassies around the world and was used in exhibitions and publications. It was not published or exhibited in the United States due to restrictions on the U.S.I.A. mandate. I retained copyright & publication rights. Most of my original prints were destroyed in a fire at my studio in 1966, but the negatives were preserved intact. (A fire the same year destroyed the MIT essay negatives and prints of the photographer & MIT alumnus, Gjon Mili.)

Six of the images were exhibited and reproduced in the catalogue of my retrospective exhibition in the year 2000 at Institut Valencia d'Art Modern in Valencia Spain. "Going to Class MIT 1958" is in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

In 2004 I decided to reprint so this work would be extant again. At age 77 I realise that spending long hours in the darkroom will become less feasible, so I will not reprint this work. The Agfa paper on which these are printed is no longer available. There are two copies extant, on 11/14” paper signed au verso.

George S. Zimbel