Al Monner news negatives 1945

Al Monner, self-portrait Al Monner in office Patricia Sylvers and Mrs. Ralph Eggstaff at 43rd session of the Oregon State Legislature Mrs. Dean Walker and Miss Ruth Stephenson during 43rd session of the Oregon State Legislature Observing Oregon State Legislature, 43rd session Henry Semon at the Oregon State Legislature, 43rd session Employees at Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation displaying safety shoes James Takeo Akamatsu, applying for license to reopen business, with Joe Hutchinson of city licens... Library collecting books for merchant seaman, with Norma Lee Peck of public library Graffiti on Broadway Bridge on-ramp, Portland Lieutenant Anna Pardew, of United States Army Nurse Corps, and her daughter Olivia Jane Lieutenant Anna Pardew, of United States Army Nurse Corps, and her daughter Olivia Jane Arrival of ship with returning servicemen and U.S. employees at Portland port Arrival of ship with returning servicemen and U.S. employees at Portland port Arrival of ship with returning servicemen and U.S. employees at Portland port Arrival of ship with returning servicemen and U.S. employees at Portland port War bond sales champions of Retail Trade Bureau Portland waterfront docks and repair facilities Portland waterfront shipbuilding facility Steam boats on Willamette River, Portland Albina Engine & Machine Works building, Portland Southwest waterfront industrial facilities, Portland Portland waterfront docks and repair facilities, with St. Johns Bridge Portland waterfront shipbuilding facility Shipyard trailer camp at Northeast 2nd Avenue and Northeast Glisan Street House at Shipyard trailer camp at Northeast 2nd Avenue and Northeast Glisan Street Freight and Astoria passenger train collision at Willbridge station Freight and Astoria passenger train collision at Willbridge station
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Al Monner news negatives 1945

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  • 1945 (Creation)

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(1909-1998)

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Alfred Anthony Monner was born on August 1, 1909, in Northeast Portland, Oregon. After spending much of his adolescence in the Kaskela and Madras areas, he later returned to Portland to attend Washington High School. Around this time, he also developed an interest in photography. After briefly attending Linfield College, he worked for Brubaker Surveys doing aerial photography, and as a printer for Photo Art Studio.

From 1936 to 1938, he worked as a photographer for the Oregonian newspaper in Portland, before being laid off. In 1938, he was hired as a photographer for the Oregon Journal newspaper, where he would stay until 1975. During his time as a photographer in Portland, Monner maintained friendships with fellow photographers in the area, including long-time friend Ray Atkeson. In the 1930s, he met Minor White, then a young freelancer living in Portland, and Monner later took master classes from him after White gained national recognition. Monner was also a member of the Oregon Camera Club. Beyond his commercial work for the Journal, Monner maintained a long-term personal interest in photography. He created photographs of Portland's Roma community, still-life scenes, landscapes, and portraits of everyday life in Oregon.

An avid outdoorsman as a young man, Monner was a member of the Mazamas, a mountaineering group in the Portland area, and was later a founding member of the Wy'East Climbers. Despite not considering himself a real climber, he summited Mount Hood 12 times, and also climbed Mount St. Helens. He continued to be a regular climber until the 1960s.

After retiring, Al Monner continued to take photographs for the Portland Art Museum. He died in 1998 after suffering a series of strokes.

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