IMAGE:  December 2002 GRAPHIC:  University of Chicago Magazine
Volume 95, Issue 2
  Written by
Amy Braverman
Photography by
Stephen Lewellyn, AB'48
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GRAPHIC:  Three Months among the PyramidsThrough Stephen Lewellyn's lens, a bygone U of C campus come to life.

Stephen Lewellyn, AB'48, still remembers the first photograph he ever took: at age 8 or 9, he used an Eastman Kodak box camera to snap a picture of a friend riding a pony. "I cut the kid's head off," he says. "I got the whole pony in though." Some practice helped his form, and from the late 1940s to the early 1970s the third-generation photographer took expert pictures for the U of C.


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Born in 1921 in Plymouth, Indiana, Lewellyn enrolled at the University in 1940. His education was interrupted by WW II, during which his plane was shot down and he spent 11 months in a German prison camp. He returned to campus and wife Lois-whom he'd met when they both waited tables at the Quad Club and married during a week off from pilot training-in time for her 1945 graduation.

Taking photos for the Maroon, the yearbook, the Magazine, and University events helped him pay tuition after his two-year scholarship ran out. He earned a business degree, but the corporate world wasn't for him. Instead the couple opened their first photo studio at Stony Island and 67th, and today their two sons are photographers.

After Lois died in 2000, Lewellyn moved into Hyde Park's Montgomery Place Retirement Community, where he uses a digital camera to take portraits of new residents. Last year he donated more than 10,000 black-and-white negatives to the Special Collections Research Center, which is showcasing Lewellyn's prints through January 10.


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