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University of South Carolina
A Portrait

Photographs by Robert C. Clark
Text by Chris Horn

A dazzling pictorial display of life at the University

"Here, familiar horizons assume fresh magic in images that demonstrate as never before the aesthetic pleasures, vibrant life, and special world of this great institution …[University of South Carolina: A Portrait] helps us see again the people of Carolina, in which the University's ideals live. We see clearly that …here people learn, grow, and serve together. In this book, we are reminded that it is always a joy to discover Carolina anew."—from the foreword by President John M. Palms

This extraordinary collection of photographs captures the soul of the University of South Carolina and reflects a dynamic atmosphere that has attracted students for two hundred years. Sure to evoke memories in proud alumni and inspire the dreams of young scholars, nearly 250 images of people, places, and architecture reveal how much has changed—and how much remains the same. Familiar landmarks such as the historic Horseshoe and the east campus with its diverse architecture are showcased alongside scenes of progress and growth at an institution where change is constant.

The Carolina spirit is evident in all of Robert C. Clark's vibrant photographs: students studying beside the library reflecting pool, the Carolina Marching Band storming the field at Williams-Brice Stadium, a researcher holding in his hands the next generation of silicon wafers. And the lens extends beyond Columbia—to the shores of the University-owned Pritchard's Island, the Baruch Marine Field Laboratory, and the campuses at Aiken, Beaufort, Lancaster, Salkehatchie, Spartanburg, Sumter, and Union—illustrating the breadth and diversity of the University of South Carolina experience. From move-in day to commencement, from the classrooms to the playing fields, this volume records breathtaking moments of discovery, of teaching and learning, of students on the cusp of new lives.

A foreword by John M. Palms, University president, and Chris Horn's informative captions combine with Clark's photographs to present a kaleidoscopic view of Carolina that will be treasured by generations. University of South Carolina: A Portrait is a celebration of a great university.

Robert C. Clark a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, has photographed South Carolina for twenty years. A member of the American Society of Media Photographers, he has contributed work to National Geographic books, Newsweek, Smithsonian, and numerous other publications throughout the United States. Clark has published three previous books of photography: Reflections of South Carolina; South Carolina: A Timeless Journey; and South Carolina: The Natural Heritage. His studio, Robert Clark Photography, is in Columbia.

Chris Horn, a South Carolina native, is director of periodicals in the University of South Carolina's Office of Publications and editor of Carolinian, the magazine for alumni and friends of USC. His work has been recognized by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the South Carolina Press Association.



Book jacket for University of South Carolina


10 x 12
168 pages
250 color photographs
ISBN 978-1-57003-408-4
hardcover, $19.95t

photo of students
 photo of art student

photo of McKissick Museum

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