The archive of Wayne Thom, a renowned architectural photographer who shot only with natural light, worked without assistant and meticulously printed his own images," came to the University of Southern California Libraries in September 2015.
"Thom’s stunning photographs of landmark buildings throughout the American West and Asia... include many buildings on the USC campus, including images of von KleinSmid Center, the 1968 USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism building, Heritage Hall, Varian Hall and others."
The collection dates from the 1960s through 2012 and in addition to his photographs include his extensive graphic design work such as architectural brochures for clients.
"Thom, who was born in Shanghai, raised in Hong Kong and migrated to Vancouver before coming to California to study at Brooks, has photographed across the Pacific Rim, as well as throughout the Western United States. He uses a 4×5 Sinar view camera, a distinctive Swiss brand favored by architectural photographers and professionals doing advertising product work. Thom stuck with film until 2003, when he felt that the quality of digital cameras had improved enough for his exacting standards."
The Wayne Thom Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library comes initially from the images Thom shot digitally or digitized himself. He provided access to many of these on his Website. Additional images were digitized by the USC Digital Library from his analog photographs.
All quotations are from Allison Engel. "Architectural photographer Wayne Thom's beautiful images head to USC Libraries" in USCNews (2015 August 31). -- https://news.usc.edu/85649/photographer-wayne-thoms-archive-heads-to-usc-libraries/ (last visited: 2015-11-19).