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.