From Curtis to Corinne, Selections from the University of Oregon Photograph Collection


The UO Libraries’ Special Collections and University Archives houses an amazing trove of work by Oregon and Pacific Northwest photographers. There are approximately half a million photographic images — everything from vintage shots of the UO campus and 1880’s Portland to contemporary works documenting ecological change and alternative communities. This exhibit showcases a number of highlights from the collections, as chosen by the librarians and archivists who curate the work. Featured photographers and collections include:

Dan Powell (1950- ). Western landscape photographs exploring the complex intersections between humans, culture, and the natural environment.

Grayson Mathews (1948-2007). A signature series of rodeo images from 1971-72, produced with funding from an NEA fellowship.

Edward Curtis (1868-1952). Selections from the landmark ethnographic series, The North American Indian.

John Bauguess (1943- ). Images from the urban renewal series, capturing the human impact of downtown Eugene revitalization efforts.

Jacqueline Moreau (1948- ). Documenting Native American peoples along the Columbia River and their fight to secure fishing and water rights in the 1980s-’90s.

Angelus Studios (1870s-1920s). Historic works produced by a professional photographic company located in Portland, Oregon.

Tee Corinne (1943-2006). Images exploring lesbian sexuality and intentional communities.

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