Al Monner news negatives 1958

Albert A. Gerlach's stained glass workshop Civil Defense training Civil Defense training Anita Ekberg Jack Marks, Portland Zoo director, with ocelot cub Sister May Dana with children at the Blessed Martin Interracial Day Nursery People making party hats Morrison Bridge construction Bonnie Barber, Portland meter maid Fire in creosote tank at Gasco plant Fire in creosote tank at Gasco plant Fire in creosote tank at Gasco plant Alice Miller, novice at St. Mary's of the Valley Detectives interviewing victim in grocery store robbery Reed College students Reed College art studio Student in the Reed College library Grand opening day, Georgia Pacific Corporation kraft paper plant in Toledo, Oregon Muggs, guard dog Sharon Bilyeu and Theresa Fitzgerald with leprechaun dolls New penguin house under construction, Portland Zoo Animal enclosures under construction, Portland Zoo Demolition of the Avalon apartments, Northeast Portland, Oregon Lewis and Clark College students with magnolia blossoms Trimming trees in the Plaza Blocks Crowds waiting for the Season Opening Portland Beavers baseball game Crowds waiting for the Season Opening Portland Beavers baseball game Noboru Imajo presenting plans for a Japanese garden in Portland
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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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