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NYIP Student Success: L. Ron Hubbard

It's not often we can say that a graduate of our New York Institute of Photography founded a successful world religion, frequented the best-seller booklists, was a distinguished explorer, and became an accomplished photographer. All this, and more, can be said about NYIP graduate L. Ron Hubbard. Bridge Publications has just released The L. Ron Hubbard Series, and we were fortunate to receive a copy of this impressive set of volumes. Of particular interest to us was the volume entitled Photographer: Writing with Light (click on the title to watch an overview video and see some of his stunning photographic works). 

Mr. Hubbard began his study in our correspondence course in late 1961, and many of the learning techniques became part of his Study Technology for teaching Scientology to thousands of people in classrooms around the world. 

L. Ron Hubbard's interest in photography began at an early age, starting with his childhood Kodak Brownie Jr. Once the country's youngest Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America, he became a candidate for the Photography merit badge in the early 1920s. But it was a rocky road. Here's his account.

Down to the National Museum I went to see the examiner of the merit badge. He sat at a big desk in a room that was cluttered with human skulls and proceeded to inform me that I knew nothing about photography. I agreed with him perfectly and came again another day to find the same verdict. A month and ten visits later he signed my card just to be rid of me, telling me that I'd never know anything about photography due to my exceptional stupidity. This is rather abated by the fact that I just sold six pictures to the National Geographic magazine.

 Here are some of our favorite L. Ron Hubbard quotes on photography.

I've had to learn photography four times completely from scratch.

I won't take a photograph of anybody or photographs for anybody unless I feel it will do them some good.

I use the living daylights out of filters.

You can't pass up a shot just because you haven't got a special lens. You try to get the shot with the lens you have got. You will often find yourself on location without that special piece of equipment that has never been built and you will have to make up for it with your own ingenuity.

An amateur, for some reason, tries to get the most possible into one frame. He also does not see the world, from a photographic viewpoint, with a frame around it. He does not fill the frame. And he does not delete unwanted things.

Make the picture talk.

Preconceive the picture you are going to shoot. 


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Most people don't know L Ron Hubbard was also made a blood-brother of the Blackfeet Indians at age 4
October 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJean
Most people don't know L Ron Hubbard converted a shipful of sot convicts into competent and enthusiastic sailors before anchor was hoisted
October 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Z
Most people don't know L Ron Hubbard also spent his adolescence sitting at the feet of shamans of the Orient.
October 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJean
Most people don't know L Ron Hubbard self-healed from combat related life-threatening war injuries while serving administrative duties ashore the continental US of A.
October 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Z
Another "little known fact" - the vast majority (if not all) the thousands of people who are protesting against Scientology are not doing so because they disagree with Scientology's "beliefs." In fact, many of those leading those protests are people who call themselves "Independent Scientologists" and "Freezoners" - who still practice the beliefs themselves. No, the reason is because Scientology as an organization is basically a pyramid scheme that bankrupts people, breaks up families, and perpetrates untold amounts of human rights violations on its Sea Org members (supposedly its "elite") and on its executives who've fallen out of favor. This "religion" has killed people, imprisoned people, and "disappeared" people, as well as set private investigators and dirty tricksters out to ruin the lives of its "enemies."

All that and tax exemptions, too!

L Ron Hubbard started all this. Don't buy the biography in this article; and for God's sake, don't buy the pleasant, complimentary words in the comments.

Google "Scientology cult" and decide for yourself.
October 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPoison Ivy
Was there any Fact Checking done before you accepted this so called gift. Are you so easily bought off. Scientologists are leaving the "church" in droves beacause of David Miscaviges Dictator tactics. MIiscavige took over leadership in 1986 when Hubbard died. Narconon has numerous legal suits filed against them for wrongful deaths ( 3 get it 3 deaths in one year at their so called Flagship facility Arrowhead in Oklahoma) along with fraud and misrepresentation. For folks who don't know, Narconon is Scientology's drug treatment organization that specifically uses L Ron Hubbards teachings and Purification Rundown (sauna and vitamins) to supposedly help people get off drugs. Their boasted success rate of 80% is unverifiable as there is no transparency in their operating procedures therefore they can dish out any numbers they dream up because they NEVER have to prove it.
Their modus operandi is to promote themselves as the most ethical organization on the planet while duping people out of as much money as possible. The whole point of this gift was to get more bodies into their so called religion. The information is all there on the net, just a click away. Check out their own sites also for the sake of fairness, then determine if you want to still promote LRonHubbard.
What you have done by presenting Hubbard as one of your student success stories is to now become one of their PROMOTERS in their quest for legitimacy. Hubbard created this method by which you've been assimilated into their promotional literature to lure in more members.
Tell me please is it you Chuck DeLaney or you and Jay Johnson who are just incredibly naive or already indoctrinated scientologists. If scientologists then you are already programmed to disregard any negative opinions. Even the Catholic Church had to own up to and make amends for it's abuses, something the church of scientology refuses to do even though people have won lawsuits against them for wrongful death and/or they pay for members silence to keep abuses out of the public eye.
It sends a chill up my spine to think that your actions here could cause even one person to be lured into their mind control techniques. BUYER BEWARE
October 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKaren
Great article. I started reading comments which came from those that obviously were not those that have read any book by L. Ron Hubbard and have been paid to post comments against him. They are just trolls. The books are free at every library just about in the world.

I have taken your course too and have generated millions of dollars for the arts as a direct result.
October 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKathy
Wow, that Kathy, comment right above, has reversed the actual trend. The complimentary comments are from Scientologists, required postings (although they are paid very little). the anti-Scion "trolls" that you say are paid, who would pay them? Because I post anti-Scion comments for free, in the interest of informing the public about a scam and criminal enterprise. How can I get in touch with the people that will pay me? I already checked with the psychiatric community and they won't pay me. How do I get in touch with SMERSH?
October 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterN. Graham
Nice article! Some years ago, my husband took the course and said it was excellent. Timeless! Mr. Hubbard's photos are spectacular after all these years - makes me want to know more about the man as well.
October 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJudy
I liked the post. Good to know of an student from the 60s!
Share more stories. I doesnt mather if they founded sucesssful or weird religions.
March 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGonzi
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