Allen Ayer Dutton
Allen Ayers Dutton was a renowned photographer and artist. Dutton was born in Kingman, AZ. He served four years in the British and American Armies in North Africa and the Middle East during WWII. After he returned to Arizona in 1946, Dutton attended ASU, and received a Master’s Degree in History with a minor in Art. In the 1950s, Dutton taught at North High School. Dutton founded the photography programat Phoenix College in 1960, and went on to become the department head and photography program director. While at Phoenix College, Dutton assembled a collection of works by some of the 20 th Century’s most important photographers, including Brett and Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Paul Caponigro and Minor White, and began an exhibition program at Phoenix
College. His exhibitions gained national recognition and exposed a generation of students to the works of these master photographers. Few college campuses were teaching photography in the 1960s, and Dutton quickly created a photography program considered one of the finest in the western United States. Dutton retired from teaching in 1982.