Syracuse University Magazine

Portfolios of Howard Bond

Syracuse University Magazine, in collaboration with SU Library’s Special Collections Research Center (SCRC), is pleased to offer readers the opportunity to learn about some of the fascinating artifacts held by the University. In the first of this ongoing series, we present “Thunderstorm and Tree, Wyoming,” a silver gelatin print by Howard Bond, one of the world’s premier large-format photographers. Carl J. and Marcy Armani ’60 recently donated 22 limited edition Bond portfolios to SCRC, providing scholars and students a retrospective of Bond’s extraordinary images of open landscapes, people, and abstract details. Bond spoke at Bird Library this fall to an overflow audience, an event sponsored by Library Associates and Syracuse Symposium in conjunction with Luminous Construction, a Bond exhibition on display at the library’s sixth-floor gallery through January 14.  


“I searched for three years to find a home for my [Bond] collection. … In September 2007, my wife, Marcy, and I attended a fraternity reunion. Even though Syracuse was my hometown, this was my first visit to campus since I graduated in 1960. I was so happy to see the beautiful campus and the faces of the young students who were embarking on one of the greatest adventures in their lives. As we left the campus, Marcy looked at me and said, ‘This is where your beautiful collection belongs.’

Carl J. Armani, “How the Portfolios of Howard Bond Found a Home at Syracuse University,” Luminous Construction: The Photography of Howard Bond  (exhibition catalog).