Ray Atkeson

Ray Atkeson (February 131907May 251990) was a U.S. photographer best known for his landscape images, particularly of the American West.His best known photographs are black and white prints, many still popular in galleries, stores, books, traveling art exhibitions, and screensavers. His awards include:
* Distinguished Citizen of Oregon [http://gacpc.com/bios/bio_display.asp?Name=Ray%20Atkeson Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company ] ]
* Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Linfield College
* Distinguished Service Award
* Oregon Governor's Art Award
* Oregon state Photographer Laureate (1987–1990) [http://www.elementsfour.com/catalog/ray-atkeson-photography.php Ray Atkeson Photography ] ]
* inducted into the Photographic Hall of Fame


Ray Atkeson was a commercial photographer in Portland, Oregon for seventeen years 1929-1946 after arriving in Oregon in 1927. From 1946-1973 he was a free lancer photographer and published several photo compilations. The photobooks are mostly of Oregon and Washington, but later work included California. [ cite web
url = http://www.sandiegohistory.org/journal/73winter/br-coast.htm
title = Book Review, The Pacific Coast
author = David J. Weber, Book Review Editor
publisher = San Diego Historical Society
work = The Journal of San Diego History
volume = 19
date = Winter 1973
accessdate = 2007-07-31

His photographs captured 1930s fishing vessels recently adapted to use engines [ [http://www.ohs.org/education/oregonhistory/historical_records/dspDocument.cfm?doc_ID=00043B9E-2178-1E23-A17880B05272006C Oregon History Project ] ] to women building warships for World War II. [ [http://www.ohs.org/education/oregonhistory/historical_records/dspDocument.cfm?doc_ID=000B9536-CAE3-1E52-BEFF80B05272FE9F Oregon History Project ] ] Alan Engen [Alan Engen is the son of ski champion Alf Engen; Alan is also Chairman Emeritus for the Alf Engen Ski Museum Board of Trustees; University of Utah Ski Team 1958–1962 co-captain; second place 1960 National Alpine Championship; third place 1960 NCAA ski championship] called Atkeson "the finest ski photographer ever." [ cite web
url = http://www.centralpt.com/upload/218/988_Ski%20Meister%20Final%20(3).pdf
title = Ski Meister, quarterly journal of the Alf Engen Ski Museum Foundation
format = PDF
pages = 5
date = Spring 2006
accessdate = 2007-07-31

Atkeson lugged around heavy 4x5 camera equipment and photographed a rich variety of winter mountain scenery and activity. Many of his alpine photos were taken before the chairlift was invented and required ski stamina.Among his subjects were Errol Flynn, Yosemite, many of the Oregon and Washington Cascade mountains.

Atkeson maintained two homes: one on the Oregon Coast, the other in Portland.




External links

* [http://www.elementsfour.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=94 Gallery of 241 photographs] for sale

NAME=Atkeson, Ray
DATE OF BIRTH=13 February 1907
DATE OF DEATH=25 May 1990

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