Roy DiTosti Autobiography

    My introduction to photography began at a very young age. My father, an equipment enthusiast, loved making family photographs and movies. The lights and camera would be dragged from the closet every holiday and special occasion. My brother and I (reluctant participants) were the appointed photo assistants. Our pop had one of the first model Polaroid cameras available in the 1950's.

   I grew up surrounded by family photographs and bombarded by images of modern culture and early television.

   My professional life as a photographer has been filled with much variety and has taken me on many excursions, both geographical and psychological.

   Early training in photography influenced my initial direction toward the social document. The camera has taken me to places and people I would never have encountered except for the impulse to make photographs.

   Most of my commercial career involves assignments for ad agencies, Public Relation/marketing firms and various newspapers and magazines. I worked in the film industry as a union still photographer (N.A.B.E.T. local 13, N.Y.) for 5 years. I spent 10 years as a corporate photographer for Wang Labs, where I traveled extensively on assignments.

   In the late 1960's, after graduating from the New York Institute of Technology with a B.F.A. in graphic design, I studied photography at the Rhode Island School of Design graduate program, under Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind. I was awarded a Hallmark Teaching Fellowship and in 1971 earned a M.F.A. degree in photography.

   As a photography instructor, I've taught courses in basic and intermediate photography, editorial photography and studio lighting. I've been employed by the Art Institute of Boston, Massachusetts College of Art, Endicott College, New England School of Photography and other institutions, mostly around the Boston area.

   My photographs have been exhibited at the Addison Gallery of American Art, Panopticon Gallery, Boston Photographic Resource Center, Rhode Island Museum of Art, Haden Gallery at M.I.T, DeCordova Museum, Art Strand Gallery in Provincetown, Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, Vermont and other galleries, libraries and colleges, locally and nationally.

   Some of my photographs are in permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art, N.Y.C., George Eastman House, Addison Gallery of American Art, University of Louisville, Kentucky, Library of Congress, prints & photography division and several other institutions.

   In 1995 I was awarded a New England Foundation Fellowship Grant. I've also received awards from the Polaroid Corp., American Institute of Graphic Arts, and the Art Directors Club of Boston.

    My internal world, memories, and personal history are other locations I try to examine and translate into pictures.