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John Laursen: Columbia Gorge Historical Photographs

 

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John Laursen, editor of the Northwest Photography Series and co-author of Wild Beauty: Photographs of the Columbia Gorge, 1867-1957, presents a slide talk of photographs from the book in Knight Library’s Browsing Room.

A selection of the finest surviving historical photographs of the Columbia River Gorge, Wild Beauty provides a portrait of one of the West’s primal landscapes through nearly a century of profound change, beginning in 1867, when the Gorge still looked much the same as it did when Lewis and Clark passed through in 1805, and ending in 1957, when the river was dramatically transformed by the construction of the Dalles Dam and the drowning of the centuries-old Indian fishing grounds at Celilo Falls. Selected images from the book can be viewed at the Northwest Photography Archive website.

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