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In celebration of 100 years, we're sharing stories about the people who have shaped SAIT throughout our first century.
 What’s your #SAITstory? If you have a special memory or connection to SAIT, we want to hear about it. Tell us your story.
26 Sep
Capturing 22 years of SAIT's visual history

Capturing 22 years of SAIT's visual history

“I was 22 years old when I first started working at SAIT. What I was aspiring to, really, was a career in journalism. I had a Political Science Degree at the U of A and Journalism Degree at Carlton University.

When I got back to Calgary, I really really really wanted a newspaper job. I got an interview at the Calgary Albertan, which is now the Calgary Sun … I thought I did a good , but they didn’t offer me the job. I was just crushed.

In the middle of August of 1974, I saw this little ad in the back of the careers section in the Calgary Herald for a job at SAIT in a writing position. Well, I applied and got that job.

When I was first at SAIT, I wrote scripts and I had to write something for a series of educational films on photography.

I was in the SAIT library and I opened up a book of photographs called ‘The Decisive Moment’ by a French photographer named Henri Cartier-Bresson. When I closed that book I knew I wanted to be a photographer. It was a life-changing experience.

This September it will be 42 years since I first walked through the doors of this place.”

George Webber, former SAIT staff photographer, 1980 – 2002 | SAIT Instructor, Continuing Education | Internationally recognized photographer

Editor’s note: George Webber became a staff photographer in 1980 and has been an Instructor in the Continuing Education department for the past 25 years. He is an internationally recognized photographer, whose work can be found in seven books, major magazines and along the walls of museums around the globe. In Calgary, the Glenbow Museum has over 500 of his photos in their collection. Find 22 years of his SAIT photography in ‘Shapers, Makers and Originals: The Story of SAIT’s First 100 Years,’ hitting the shelves of SAIT’s bookstore on Sept. 23.


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