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Pamela Ann Blackwell

1944 - 2017 Obituary Condolences Gallery
Pamela Ann Blackwell Obituary
May 5, 1944 - June 11, 2017 Photographer, associate professor and mentor Pamela Ann Blackwell died peacefully at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center on June 11, 2017 in San Pedro, California, at the age of 73 from late-stage lung cancer. Pamela was born on May 5, 1944 in Los Angeles to former actor and professional photographer Carlyle Blackwell Jr. and fellow actor Julie Cabanne. Pamela graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a bachelor's degree in studio art and went on to obtain a master's degree in art history, with an emphasis in photography. As a Getty Scholar, her photographic commission for the Getty Research Institute resulted in 187 environmental portraits of visiting scholars alongside 14 books of original photographs with corresponding text; now housed in the Research Institute's Special Collections. Another significant photographic project includes imagery of Walt Disney Concert Hall for Archithese (Switzerland), Hauser (Hamburg) and numerous U.S. publications to promote the Frank Gehry-designed building. Pamela was also a beloved teacher to students at ArtCenter College of Design, Otis College of Art and Design, and Los Angeles City College. At ArtCenter, she taught Modernism and other courses in the Humanities and Sciences Department for many years, and more recently, worked with the undergraduate and graduate Transportation Design students. Pamela's father, a celebrated automotive photographer and racecar enthusiast, inspired Pamela's curiosity and passion for all forms of transportation-as well as her extensive knowledge of automobile history-which she expanded upon while teaching at ArtCenter. At the time of her passing, Pamela was a member of the College Art Association; International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility (T2M); and Women's Transportation Seminar-Los Angeles (WTS-LA). A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 17, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. in the Student Dining Room at ArtCenter's Hillside Campus (1700 Lida Street, Pasadena, CA 91103). Donations may be made in her name to ArtCenter's scholarship fund at engage.artcenter.edu/giving or the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from June 15 to June 16, 2017
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