It saddens me to announce the Phil Davis passed away on Monday, July 2, 2007. Phil was best known as a photo instructor (Professor Emeritus of Art, University of Michigan), author and the inventor of the Beyond the Zone System (BTZS). Here is the obituary that his wife, Marty provided us. - Fred Newman Phil Davis (1921- 2007} Phil Davis died at his home in Webster Township on July 2, 2007. He was born in Spokane, WA on October 15, 1921, the son of William B. and Mary Augusta (Maples) Davis. The family moved to upstate New York when he was twelve and after his graduation from high school, he enlisted in the Army Air Force. He was commissioned in 1943 and served as a flight instructor until his discharge as a First Lieutenant in 1945. He graduated from Albright Art School in Buffalo, NY in 1948 and joined the staff of the University of Michigan's College of Architecture and Design as an instructor in design and drawing. From 1964 until his retirement, he served as a Professor of Art in the University's School of Art, teaching photography and drawing. He received two Horace H. Rackham Foundation Grants, in 1967 for investigation of historic photographic processes and in 1974 for further investigation of non-silver processes. During those years, he also worked as a freelance photographer in advertising illustration and received numerous awards, medals and honorable mentions from the Detroit Art Directors' Club and from similar organizations in New York and Chicago. As part of the University's Sesquicentennial celebration in 1967, Phil conceived, produced and supervised installation of an exhibition of 264 photographs mounted on steel structures on the Rackham Mall between Hill Auditorium and the Michigan League. A book of these photographs titled "The University" was published by the University of Michigan Press. His other publications included three textbooks, many magazine articles, a limited edition of platinum prints made from noted cinematographer Karl Struss's original glass negatives, and "The Dexter Portfolio", a limited edition of mounted black and white prints. His work is represented in numerous public and private collections, including those of the Detroit Art Institute, Chicago Art Institute, International Museum of Photography in Rochester, NY and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. In addition to appearances as guest artist, juror and speaker at various events, Phil conducted a series of workshops throughout the country in his "Beyond the Zone System" method of producing photographs using proven scientific testing methods which allow photographers to produce superior photographs through a precise, working knowledge of their chosen materials. Phil retired as Professor Emeritus of Art in 1985 and in 1988 one of his former students, Chicago architectural photographer Nick Merrick, organized and curated "Phil Davis, Photographer: The Teacher and His Students", an exhibit in the Paul Slusser Gallery of Phil's work and that of 20 of his students. He is survived by his wife Martha (DeLano), his sons Carl (Becky) of Eaton Rapids MI and their children Anna-Lisette, Charlotte, Gretchen, Philip and Lucy; Tim (Katy Robinson) of Byron Center MI; and Jon (Amy Mattox) of Norcross GA; his sister Helen Beck Reimondo, her sons Tom and Dave Beck and their families. In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no services. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Michigan or the Dexter District Library, 8040 Fourth Street, Dexter MI 48130.