Born in Illinois’s Cook County, Eliot Porter discovered his love for photography at a very early age. He is best known for his breathtaking photographs of the Great Spruce Head Island, property owned and maintained by his family.
Porter was also an accomplished intellectual, possessing degrees in both medicine and chemical engineering. Porter has a number of non-photography achievements to his credit as well, including a career as a biochemical researcher at Harvard University.
Porter traveled extensively in the interests of his beautiful color nature photographs. He specialized in places that were known for being culturally significant, important from an ecological standpoint, or both. Captured locations include the Galapagos Islands, East Africa, Ireland, Baja California, and Maine. Noteworthy achievements include: