Oregon City has drawn pioneers of burgeoning industries since its very founding, with photography being no exception. From Leland H. Wakefield who purportedly took the very first photos of the Oregon Territory, to Ralph J. Eddy, whose mid-century photographs traveled the nation in the form of scenic postcards. This exhibit, separated into three parts, invites guests to discover the history of photography, what effect it had on early Oregonians, and how it can show us snapshots of days long gone.
EXPOSING THE PAST
Focusing on the history of photography through the lens of Oregon City photographers, “Exposing the Past”showcases both the work of early Oregon City photographers as well as the technology they utilized in their day-to-day lives.
THEN & NOW
Take a scenic walk through Oregon City’s Main Street, both past and present, as historic photos of downtown from the CCHS collection are paired with their modern recreations (courtesy of photographer Jo Lynn Dow).
DRESSING FOR THE PHOTOGRAPHER
Dressing up for a photo has been practiced nearly as long as photography has existed, but the fashions, the poses, and the props have all drastically changed over the decades.