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ISBN13: 9781558683211
ISBN10: 1558683216
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Oregon, My Oregon, published in cooperation with the Oregon Historical Society, portrays stunning black-and-white images of Oregon, seen through the lens of famed photographer Ray Atkeson. Beginning in 1928 and continuing through the 1960s, until color photography became the preferred standard, Ray Atkeson spent every possible moment photographing Oregon in black and white. Photo compiler and historian Tom Robinson searched through more than 100,000 negatives to select and print these images. Because of his understanding of Ray's work, Robinson is the only person Ray authorized to make prints from his negatives. The extended captions, also written by Tom, explain the historical significance of the image, the reason Ray tripped the shutter, or circumstances surrounding the picture.

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B&w photos of the state by Oregon's Photographer Laureate (1987) are beautifully reproduced and arranged by photo historian Tom Robinson<-- >the only person authorized by Mr. Atkeson to make prints from his negatives. Accompanied by extended captions by Robinson and an essay by Portland writer Catherine Glass, the photos provide an exquisite documentary of four decades of Oregon history and Atkeson's commercial and freelance career.
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Published in cooperation with the Oregon Historical Society, this book portrays, in stunning black-and-white images, the Oregon famed photographer Ray Atkenson chronicled in pictures between 1928 and the 1960s. 122 photos.

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Ray Atkeson became a legend in his lifetime, taking tens of thousand of spectacular outdoor photographs. He became especially well-known for his stunning black and white images of the ski and snow country in the Western states. He was named Photographer Laureate of Oregon in 1976. Ray passed away in 1990 at the age of 83.
Glass a writer and long-time Portland resident.

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William Jessup, December 25, 2006 (view all comments by William Jessup)
Dear Powell's Books:

My friends know of my love of the works of Ray Atkeson. From Crater Lake to the Wallowas, and from the Blue Mountains to the Three Sisters to Astoria, Mr. Atkeson's works justify the Oregonian's belief that his state's natural wonders best exemplify the motto "America the Beautiful." This book and those in his "Oregon" series contain many of his spellbinding photos.

Anyone who has viewed Mr. Atkeson's shots of the Columbia River Gorge would not dispute the belief that the good Lord ended his sixth day's work there. After having set free the mighty Columbia River and watching it carve its broad ribbon, He must have seen that it, indeed, was good.

Back in 1988, I lived in Portland and became familiar with the wonderful photographs of Oregon's "Photographer Laureate." When I wanted to obtain a copy of one of his shots of Mt. Hood, framed by a beautiful explosion of pink, white and purple rhododendron clusters, I pulled down a copy of the Portland telephone directory and found Mr. Atkeson's listing. When he answered my call, he could not have been more approachable and gracious. He told me that he feared that his licensing agreement with the postcard publisher might prevent him from selling me a copy of the shot, which I wanted to frame and hang on my office wall. Although his reservation proved prophetic, our conversation enriched me.

Today whenever I want to plan a vacation trip to Oregon, I turn again to Mr. Atkeson's shots and wrestle with planning my itinerary and trying to decide where to spend my valuable days and nights. Like the good Lord's creations that they celebrate, Mr. Atkeson's spectacular works richly deserve the praise that so many photographers and naturalists have lavished upon them.

With best wishes, I am...

Yours truly,

W. E. Jessup
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Atkeson, Ray
Graphic Arts Books
Glass, Catherine
Glass, Catherine
Portland, Or. :
Description and travel
United States - Pacific - Oregon
Photo Essays
Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions
Travel - U.S./West
Landscape photography
Landscape photography -- Oregon.
Landscape -- Oregon -- Pictorial works.
Subjects & Themes - Travel - U.S./West
Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions - General
Oregon Pictorial works.
Travel-US Western States
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