Tom Arndt: A memory of Allen Downs as teacher and friend

Allen Downs was my teacher, graduate adviser and friend while I attended graduate school at the U of MN from 1969 to 1971.  My work lacked some discipline and clarity when I started the program.  Allen just sort of gently guided me in the right direction and we ended up being great friends.  He said I inspired him to start making photographs again and I remember several times when we went out and photographed together.  I would not have the success I have been blessed with if he hadn't entered my life at the most crucial time.  I owe you so much Allen, you are in my work and heart forever.
 
Sincerely,
Tom Arndt
Photographer

To see more of Tom Arndt's work visit the Minneapolis Institute of Arts Photo Collection
 

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