Maryhill Museum of Art will open a stunning new exhibit, Photography, Beauty and Change in the Columbia River Gorge from the 1860s to the Present, on March 15.
The historic images are from private collections and the museum's extensive permanent collection.
Arguably the most dramatically scenic portion of the Columbia River, the Gorge is a hundred miles long and encompasses a diverse ecology that ranges from semi-arid plateaus to the forested Cascade Mountain Range. Lewis and Clark explored this section of the river in 1805-06 and it had changed little when photographers arrived in the 1860s.
The exhibition includes images taken along the Columbia River from Vancouver, to east of The Dalles, Ore., in July 1867 by the now-legendary Carleton Watkins. In 2002, the U.S. Postal Service reproduced one of his Gorge images in a series of 20 Masters of American Photography commemorative stamps.
Included in the exhibit are intriguing images by Ray Atkeson, Albert Barnes, Paul Deering, Benjamin Gifford, Frank J. Haynes, William H. Jackson, Darius Kinsey, Fred Kiser, Stu Levy, Al Monner, Carleton Watkins and Albert H. Wulzen, among others.
"Many of these images are of areas that are submerged today and many depict significant geologic features that have been altered or that no longer exist," said guest curator Terry Toedtemeier, curator of photography at the Portland Art Museum.
Toedtemeier will lead a walk through the exhibition on Saturday, March 19, at 3 p.m.
At 2 p.m. in the Eye See Resource room, children will be invited to hand color reproductions of historic photographs of the Columbia River.
The exhibition will continue through July 4.