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Pine City Photography Project

"A Snapshot in Time" was a week-long camp that brings together high school aged youth and seniors to study historic photography and photography techniques as they create a photo exhibit about their community.

Pine City Photography Project
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See what people had to say about this project!

"It’s a great concept! It’s really cool to have pulled from two different generations to put together a picture tour of Pine City!"

"Everyone involved with the project (young and senior) all shared a mutual passion for photography.  My [youth partner] is a very pleasant young man. I hope we will be friends for a long time."

"I learned how close families were back in [my senior partner’s] time and how it would be so cool to have them that close now."

"The most important thing I learned was that everybody has a very different perspective and that you should try to capture that."

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These are some of the photos that were included in the participants' exhibit at Pine Center for the Arts.

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The 2010 camp examined the art and science of photography, and the subject of Pine City. Youth and adult participants examined archives at the local newspaper, learned about historic photos from author Nathan Johnson, participated in a themed daily photo assignment, and finally selected photos and wrote text for a photography exhibit held at the Pine Center for the Arts. Participants marveled at the photography skills they developed during the camp and also commented on the intergenerational relationships they developed in creating the photo exhibit.

Youth Participants: Alex, Breanna, Emma, James, Larissa

Adult Participants: Eileen Anderson, Roger Fischer, Pam Justice, Nora Mckinnon, Judy Scholin

For more information: Contact Project Manager Aleah Vinick at aleah.vinick@mnhs.org or 651-259-3417.

North West Company Fur Post
Learn more about the North West Company Fur Post, a Minnesota Historical Society site.

 

 

 

Background on Pine City
Pine City, the county seat of Pine County, was originally the site of a fur post in 1804-1805. By 1837, it had been opened to logging operations, and settlement soon after that, with the city formally founded in 1881. Nearby are still forests of the ancient white pine trees that the logging companies sought.

 


Resources on Historic Minnesota Photography

Minnesota History Magazine: Working the Light, Nineteenth-Century Professional Photographers in Minnesota

Directory of Minnesota Photographers

Minnesota History Magazine: Minnesota Daguerreotypes

Minnesota Reflections: Historic Photographs of Minnesota

Minnesota Reflections: Some Reflections on Photography
 

Project Details

Date: June 2010
Partner(s): Scott Blum, North West Company Fur Post; C.J. Gustafson; Nathan Johnson, author; Dee Kotaska, photographer; Laurel Martin; Mary Ellen Sauser; Eileen Mack and Patrick Schifferdecker, North West Company Fur Post; Aleah Vinick, Minnesota Historical Society, Project Manager
Location: Pine City, MN

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