Frederick Baldwin, Chairman
Fred Baldwin was born in Switzerland where his father
served as a U.S. diplomat. In 1950-51, Baldwin served
as a Marine in Korea. During the summer of his junior
year at college he tried writing and photography in
Europe. Baldwin persuaded Picasso to let him spend the
day with him in Cannes. This became a major turning
point in Baldwin’s life. After earning his B.A.
degree from Columbia College, New York in 1956, he began
a free-lance photography career which continued until
Baldwin worked for Audubon, LIFE, National Geographic,
GEO, Camera (Switzerland), Bunte, STERN, Esquire, Sports
Illustrated, Time Life Books, Natural History, Town
and Country, Science Digest, Smithsonian Magazine, Newsweek,
and the New York Times among others.
1960 and 1962 - Baldwin raised funds for a scientific
expeditions to the islands of Spitsbergen (600 miles
from the North Pole) to determine the feasibility of
capturing, marking and tracking polar bears. Sponsored
by the New York Zoological Society, Baldwin led the
expedition, and he was the first to film polar bears
from underwater; his polar bear photos appeared in LIFE.
In 1961, he worked in Baja California, Mexico making
underwater photos of marlin fishing, as homage to Ernest
Hemmingway who he met in Cuba some years before.
1963 - Baldwin worked for Attorney General Robert Kennedy
photographing street gangs and drug users in New York
City's Mobilization for Youth program. In 1963-64, he
worked in the civil rights movement as a volunteer photographer
for the SCLC and raised money for an African American
anti-juvenile delinquency group in Georgia. Baldwin’s
book, We Ain't What We Used to Be, published in 1984,
includes oral histories and photographs dating from
the SCLC period. An exhibition of this work, organized
by the Telfair Museum and Anacostia Museum (Smithsonian),
toured the U.S. from 1985-86.
1964-66 - Baldwin directed the Peace Corps in Sarawak
(Borneo) supervising 180 volunteers.
1966 - Baldwin documented rural poverty in the South;
his photos shown before Sen. McGovern's Select Committee
on Nutrition and Human Needs resulting in a $600,000
federal grant to build the Beaufort-Jasper County Clinic
in South Carolina.
1971 - Baldwin began a documentary collaboration on
rural America with photographer Wendy Watriss. They
completed a four-year photo/oral history project on
two Texas counties, funded by The Rockefeller Foundation,
The National Endowment for the Humanities, and Texas
foundations. A special fellowship, The Winedale Fellowship
of American Studies, was created for Baldwin and Watriss
by the University of Texas in Austin. This project resulted
in a series of exhibitions, as well as the 1991 book
Coming to Terms, the German Hill Country of Texas. The
work was exhibited at Houston's Museum of Fine Arts,
Menil Collection, Amon Carter Museum, Baltimore Museum,
Smithsonian, Phillips Collection, Santa Fe Museum, Philadelphia
Museum, and the Library of Congress, USIA Traveling,
1981-82, Baldwin taught documentary photography in
the School of Communications at the University of Texas
in Austin. From 1982-87, he directed the Photojournalism
Program at the University of Houston as Associate Professor.
Joseph Petzuval medal, Ministry of Culture of Czechoslovakia
Elected to Class XI of the American Leadership Forum
Awarded Purple Heart medal twice for wounds received