The Western Regional Archives is excited to announce the acquisition of a formidable collection of photographs and color images, impressive in size, scope, and beauty. The Tad Stamm Photograph Collection consists of stunning photographs of western North Carolina’s rich natural beauty including landscapes, waterfalls, wildflowers, farms, barns, fall foliage, snow scenes, and spring blossoms.
Stamm’s interest in photography began in college at Ohio University, where he earned a photographic degree, served as a staff photographer for the Athena Yearbook, and was a member of the Camera Club.
His professional career included freelance and studio assignments as well as providing stock images. In his later years, Stamm worked primarily with the Cibochrome process,
Among the noted photographers with whom Stamm studied are Minor White and W. Eugene Smith. Stamm’s works have been exhibited both solo and in group displays sponsored by the Southeast Center for Contemporary Art, the Halstead Gallery, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
His accolades are many. The award-winning photographer has been recognized by Photographer’s Forum magazine, the Ciba-Geigy Company, and the University of Miami. Popular Photography magazine was one of the numerous publications in which his works appeared.
During the 1970s and ‘80s, Stamm was involved in Appalachian Photographic Workshops, a year-round collection of weekend and week-long workshops held at their headquarters on Charlotte Street in Asheville.
The Western Regional Archives is honored to provide a permanent home for these exceptional pieces.