David Vestal, 1924-2013


David Vestall, photo by Len KowitzDavid Vestall, photo by Len Kowitz

Photographer, writer, and teacher David Vestal passed away this week at his home in Bethlehem, Connecticut. Vestal, who received two Guggenheim Fellowships, was involved in the Photo League in the 1940s.  He wrote for various art publications and published two books, The Craft of Photography (1975) and The Art of Black-and-White Enlarging (1984). He taught at a number of institutions, including Pratt, Parsons, the School of Visual Arts, and his work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney, and the Art Institute of Chicago, among other institutions, and he was represented by the Robert Mann Gallery.