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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Photographer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Royal Blue
Favorite Food:
Avocado, Grapes
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
It's A Beautiful Day.

Birthplace

Born:
12/3/1937
Birth Location:
Bethesda, Maryland

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Photographer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Royal Blue
Favorite Food:
Avocado, Grapes
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
It's A Beautiful Day.

Birthplace

Born:
12/3/1937
Birth Location:
Bethesda
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Biography

Renowned photographic portrait artist Joseph Daniel Clipper was born on December 3, 1937, in Bethesda, Maryland. Clipper was educated through Washington, D.C., public schools and graduated from Armstrong High School in 1956. While in high school, he was the president of his class, a member of the baseball and golf teams, and enjoyed bike riding. He attended the University of the District of Columbia in the 1980s.

In 1960, Clipper purchased his first camera for thirteen dollars, a 35-millimeter Atlas, and began taking photos for pleasure. While working at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, he was responsible for taking patients to the photography department. It was then that he began to develop a genuine interest in portrait artistry and in 1961, started taking photography classes at the Department of Agriculture.

From 1961 to 1963, Clipper served in the army and continued to take correspondence courses in photography. During 1966, he studied at the Dorcher Country School of Photography in Vermont, where he earned a diploma in black and white and color photography. He also studied at the Winona School of Professional Photographers of America in Indiana. In 1968, Clipper studied under his mentor, world renowned Yousuf Karsh of Ottawa, Canada.

In the early 1970s, Clipper began holding invitational sittings for diplomats and African American members of Congress. In 1976, he took the first group photo of the Congressional Black Caucus. Also during that year, Clipper was in negotiations to do President Jimmy Carter's portrait. Clipper recently completed restoration work on portraits of all the past presidents of Howard University and previously restored original portraits of former HU presidents James Cheek and Franklyn Jenifer. He completed portraits of more than twenty African ambassadors and numerous members of Congress.

Clipper's portraits of prominent African Americans hang in galleries, the halls of Congress and many other notable Washington, DC., establishments. Private collections of his works are in the Philippine islands, Israel, the Caribbean islands and number of countries in Africa.

Clipper passed away on October 4, 2017 at the age of 79.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Joseph Clipper interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Joseph Clipper's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Joseph Clipper discusses his parents' backgrounds
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Joseph Clipper remembers his grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Joseph Clipper recalls childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Joseph Clipper talks about living with his grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Joseph Clipper gives his siblings names and birthdays
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Joseph Clipper discusses his rural childhood neighborhood and friends
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Joseph Clipper remembers his elementary school years
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Joseph Clipper talks about his recollections of attending church
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Joseph Clipper remembers his junior high school years
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Joseph Clipper talks about developing an interest in photography
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Joseph Clipper discusses high school experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Joseph Clipper recalls meeting his estranged father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Joseph Clipper tells of his jobs and interests after graduating from high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Joseph Clipper talks about practicing photography while in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Joseph Clipper recalls advancing his studies and experiences in photography
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Joseph Clipper describes his mentors and influences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Joseph Clipper discusses photographing public figures
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Joseph Clipper remembers his favorite portraits
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Joseph Clipper discusses his interest in outdoor photography
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Joseph Clipper considers his contributions to the photographic world and his legacy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Joseph Clipper briefly discusses past negotiations with the White House to photograph presidents
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Joseph Clipper reflects on his career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Joseph Clipper shares advice with aspiring photographers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Joseph Clipper discusses interactions with his clients
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Joseph Clipper reflects on his life's work
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Joseph Clipper shares his views about the African American community and portrait photography as a career path
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Photo - Joseph Clipper's portrait of the U.S. Congressional Black Caucus, Washington, D.C., 1973
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Photo - Portrait of laborers including Joseph Clipper's great-grandfather, Jack Clipper, ca. late 1800s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Photo - Joseph Clipper and other members of the Board of Directors of the Maryland Professional Photographers Association, Columbia, Maryland, late 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Photo - Joseph Clipper with Andrew Young, ambassador to the United Nations, New York, New York, 1976
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Photo - Joseph Clipper's daughter and niece, 1962
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Photo - Joseph Clipper's class portrait from John Francis Junior High School, Washington, D.C., ca. 1951-1952
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Photo - Joseph Clipper's daughters with his paternal grandfather, ca. 1966
  • Tape: 4 Story: 13 - Photo - Joseph Clipper's paternal grandfather, William Clipper, ca. 1966
  • Tape: 4 Story: 14 - Photo - Joseph Clipper's first photography class at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C., ca. 1963-1964
  • Tape: 4 Story: 15 - Photo - Joseph Clipper's class portrait from Samuel C. Armstrong Manual Training High School, Washington, D.C., 1956
  • Tape: 4 Story: 16 - Photo - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Stokely Carmichael and Jesse Jackson at a Washington, D.C. church, 1968