Eliot Porter (1901-1990), was an American photographer best known for his color photographs of nature.
An amateur photographer since childhood, Eliot Porter earned degrees in chemical engineering and medicine, and worked as a biochemical researcher at Harvard University. In 1938, Alfred Stieglitz showed Eliot Porter’s work in his New York City gallery. The exhibit’s success prompted Eliot Porter to leave Harvard and pursue photography full-time. In the 1940s, he began working in color with Eastman Kodak’s new dye transfer process, a technique Eliot Porter would use his entire career.
Eliot Porter traveled extensively to photograph ecologically important and culturally significant places. He published books of photographs from Glen Canyon (Utah), Maine, Baja California, Galápagos Islands, Antarctica, East Africa, and Iceland. Cultural studies included Mexico, Egypt, China, and ancient Greek sites.