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Tom Halsted

July 12, 1937 December 8, 2018
Tom Halsted
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Obituary for Tom Halsted

Tom Halsted died December 8, 2018 at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. He was 81 years old. Tom Halsted was born on July 12, 1937 in Birmingham Michigan. He graduated from Birmingham High School and attended Ferris State University as well as Miami University. He was always interested in photography working at the local camera store in high school as well as being the photographer for the school paper. He was a drummer in a band with his lifelong friends, one of whom he joined in NY in 1960. It was then he began taking pictures seriously.

Meeting his wife, Carol in NY in 1963 he married and they both returned to their hometown of Birmingham, MI. They had 2 children, Wendy and Andy and settled into a quieter life. He began an advertising photography business while taking “fine art” images on the side. In 1969 he started The Halsted 831 Gallery soon to become The Halsted Gallery in Birmingham Michigan. He was one of only a handful of galleries dedicated solely to fine art photography at the time, today there are more than 800. He was able to create a career from his passion.

At that time he spent most of his efforts educating people about fine art photography and fighting for its place in the art world. He forged friendships with some of the great photographer such as Ansel Adams, Andre’ Kertesz, Berenice Abbott, Harry Callahan, Imogene Cunningham and many, many more. He helped build collectable markets for their images and those of many others. He taught people how to look at a photograph and why they were special, and deserving of the designation of art. He sold to museums and collectors all over the country. 50 years later, The Halsted Gallery is still a family business and is now the oldest still in existence. He was a founding member of AIPAD (Association of Photography Art Dealers) as well as president of the organization.

Tom loved his family, photography and Michigan football. He is widowed from his wife of 51 years Carol Decker Halsted. He is survived by his daughter Wendy Halsted Beard and son in law Brian Beard, son Andrew Halsted and daughter in law Kirsten Halsted, his 4 grandchildren Max, Ellie, Jacob and Katelyn as well as his brother Dick and sister in law Nancy and sister, Susan Persons.

A Memorial Service will be held at Christ Church Cranbrook, 470 Church Road, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48304 on Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 3pm.

To honor the memory of Tom Halsted a fund has been established to provide a scholarship at the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona. The center holds important archives of many of the photographers Tom worked with over the decades such as Ansel Adams, Imogene Cunningham and many others. The scholarship/fellowship will focus on the study of the development of photography and its place in the art market. Since Tom is a large part of that development, this is something he was passionate about pursuing.

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Thanks for helping the legacy of Tom Halsted live on.


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