$3.5M Estate Gift Supports University of Arizona Creative Photography Center

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TUCSON, AZ.- The Center for Creative Photography, or CCP, at the University of Arizona received a $3.5 million estate gift from the late Arthur J. Bell, a former photographer and professor at Columbia College in Chicago. The gift was made in recognition of the international importance of the CCP, said director Katharine Martinez. It was Bell’s final nod to his passion for photography – a passion that grew with his exposure to famous American photographers Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind, both of whom house their archives in the CCP. Private funding aids the CCP’s preservation of the work and archives of renowned international photographers. Using Bell’s gift, the CCP is creating a permanent full-time position, the Arthur J. Bell Senior Photograph Conservator. The new position will plan and implement short and long-term goals pertaining to the care of photographic materials in the center’s collections