Henry W. Kendall Photography

The Henry W. Kendall photographic collection consists of over 30,000 first generation images — negatives and slides — in various formats, and prints and high resolution electronic scans of the original images. A major part of the collection consists of photographs taken on world-wide mountain climbing expeditions in which Henry W. Kendall was an active participant; a third consists of photographs documenting Henry Kendall’s activities in maritime environments — sailing, scientific cruising, and especially scuba and deep sea diving, and underwater archeology. The balance of the collection includes scientific, environmental and astronomical images and photographs of a variety of people and places. The entire collection is at Amherst College.

Henry W. Kendall photography, Nepal 1990

Nepal 1990

Peru 1960

Cordillera Blanca Peru 1960

Henry W. Kendall Photography Queen Angelfish Florida 1950s

Queen Angelfish Florida 1950s

Coral Reef Virgin Islands 1972

Coral Reef Virgin Islands 1972

Tom Frost Peru 1964

Tom Frost Peru 1964

All first-generation images have been catalogued and archived; each image has been assigned a unique collection identification number and scanned into a database.

The collection of Henry W. Kendall photography has been subdivided into three main categories, each associated with one of Henry’s particular interests: Mountaineering, Maritime and Underwater, and People, Places, and Environment.

Mountaineering

Peru 1960

Peru 1960

An expert skier and world-class mountaineer, Henry Kendall documented all his climbs , first with simple 35mm equipment, then with medium and large format cameras, and at times with 16mm movie cameras. This category includes approximately 8000 images of Henry W. Kendall photography, detailing expeditions in British Columbia, the Sierras (particularly Yosemite); Peru, Nepal, the French, Italian, and Swiss Alps; and New England; also included are 6 short 16mm films documenting team climbs in Yosemite and Peru.

Maritime and Underwater

Underwater Stroboscope TestingMartha's Vineyard 1950s

Underwater Stroboscope Testing
Martha’s Vineyard 1950s

An early fan of scuba diving before commercial equipment became easily available and affordable, Henry Kendall, while still in his teens, used WWII surplus materials, ordinary lumber, plumbing supplies, and other easily procured items to fabricate his own equipment, including waterproof camera housings. Much of his testing was conducted in the MIT swimming pool , and then in the field. The photographic collection includes images of his early experiments, and of underwater life in various parts of the world—New England, the Caribbean, the Pacific,  and Australia.

Also included in this section of the Henry W. Kendall photography collection are images taken on various travels and scientific expeditions to Alaska, Greenland, the Falklands, and Antarctica. This category contains approximately 7000 individual images and several 16 mm films.

People, Places, and the Environment

Targhee Wyoming 1998

Targhee Wyoming 1998

This category includes many aerial photographs illustrating smog patterns in Boston and other US cities—Henry Kendall’s contributions to the Union of Concerned Scientists’ studies of urban pollution in the 1970’s; other aerial photographs document landscape changes in the Sharon, Ma. area over a twenty year period and flights over the Rockies, the Sierras , the California Coast, and many parts of New England. In his later years Henry Kendall participated in hiking expeditions in the Tetons, the Rockies, and Canada ( Baffin Island, Auyuittuq National Park).

Photographs of experimental setups and personnel at Stanford, MIT, Fermilab and CERN; of various astronomical phenomena; of travels to scientific conferences in Japan, the Soviet Union, and the Far East are included in this category.