(b Minneapolis, MN, 9 July 1908; d Boston, MA, 24 June 1976).
American photographer and writer. He took his first photographs as a child
with a Kodak Box Brownie camera and later learnt darkroom procedures as a
student at the University of Minnesota. After graduating in 1933 with a
degree in botany and English, he wrote poetry for five years while
supporting himself with odd jobs. He moved to Portland, OR, in 1938 and
became increasingly interested in photography. During 1938–9 he worked for
the Works Progress Administration Federal Arts Project as a creative
photographer documenting the early architecture and waterfront of Portland.
In 1941 MOMA in New York exhibited several of his images. His first one-man
show, photographs of the Grande Ronde-Wallowa Mountain area of north-eastern
Oregon, opened at the Portland Art Museum in 1942.
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