Oral history interview with Judy Dater

Collection ID:
Dater, Judy
Karlstrom, Paul J.
2000 June 2
Physical Description:
29 Pages

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Judy Dater conducted 2000 June 2, by Paul Karlstrom, for the Archives of American Art,
Scope and Contents
The interview took place in Dater's home, Berkeley, California. Dater focuses on her experiences photographing the nude. Dater discusses the early influence on her of Thomas Hart Benton's "Persephone," a work that she says affected her on an emotional level; how voyeurism depicted informs "looking," a basic activity of the photographer and of many other artists; her collaboration with husband, Jack Welpott, working from the same nude model, and the differences in their objectives; her main interest is human energy, male or female; finding it easier to work with women; her feminism in connection with the subject of the nude and issues of power that arise.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Judy Dater (1941- ) is a photographer and photography model from Berkeley, California. Among Dater's best-known images is one of Imogen Cunningham photographing Twinka Thiebaud, Wayne Theibaud's daughter, at a field workshop in Yosemite. Dater also posed for Cunningham, Wynn Bullock, Ruth Bernhard, and, as a graduate student at San Francisco State University, her teacher and husband-to-be, Jack Welpott.

Existence and Location of Copies
Transcript available on line
Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators. Funding provided by Bente and Gerald E. Buck Collection.

Originally recorded on 1 sound cassette. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav file. Duration is 1 hr., 2 min.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.

Keywords table of terms and types.
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Photographers -- California -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women photographers -- California -- Interviews. Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Artists' models -- California Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Welpott, Jack, 1923- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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