The Schiff Photographs of the River Campus

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In 1930, Josef Schiff made a portfolio of photographs of the new campus that have been featured in the University's publications since their creation.

Schiff was a viola player in the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, but is best remembered for his photographic expertise. Nationally noted for his portraits of fellow musicians Alec Wilder and Jose Iturbi, one of his studio assistants was Lou Ouzer, who helped make these images of the new campus. Ouzer's own career as a photographer is legendary, and his photographic legacy is held by the Eastman School of Music.

Only a few building interiors merited Schiff's attention: Strong Auditorium, Rush Rhees Library, and Todd Union.

The views in these images show a campus untouched, and in the case of Fauver Stadium, incomplete. Absent from the landscape are the people who would soon bring the campus to life. 

Schiff died in 1946 at the age of 38.

The Schiff Photographs of the River Campus