Donor Recognition

Phil Lambdin

Spotlight on Mount Royal Society Member

Double exposure photo of Phil's younger sister, taken in a an Intermediate Class at MICA

Always fascinated by photographs, Phil Lambdin never tired of looking at images. He would see photographs in LIFE magazine, National Geographic, and old copies of U.S. Camera Annual at his uncle's house--the same uncle who let him take a few photos with his old 35mm rangefinder at family events. 

By the time he was in his early teens, he knew that he wanted to be a photographer. Family, friends, and teachers all told him that photography would be the wrong career choice due to his poor eyesight. Born with severe myopia he was urged to get a "regular job."

After a few years in the printing and graphics industry (and the constant urge to photograph) he decided to take an evening class at MICA. He credits MICA faculty for helping to encourage him to pursue photography and has been working full time as a photographer since the early 80’s. Some of his career highlights include photos published in Metro Homes and in Reader’s Digest. 

He describes his time at MICA as “an experience that changed his life like no other” thanks to the support from faculty. Forty-five years later, he still makes MICA part of his life as a member of the Mount Royal Society, a society that honors the generosity of individuals who have included MICA in their estate plans. “I give to MICA because I remember my teachers and how much they helped me as a professional photographer.”

To make a contribution, please visit Interested in becoming a member of the Mount Royal Society? Contact Giselle Piqué in MICA’s Advancement office at 410.225.2414 or