TIMBER WATER MAN, Portrait of Poverty, Clyde Keller photo, 1973, Fine Art Print, Black and White, Signed



TIMBER WATER MAN, Portrait of Poverty
Washington County, Oregon
Clyde Keller photo, 1973

16x20 Inch Archival Giclee Print, true archival print, 150+ years
Satin Paper, Pigmented Inks
Image Dimensions @ 12x18 Inches with white border
Signed/Titled and Dated by Clyde Keller
Presented in Archival Sleeve, Unframed
Shipped Flat, Insured with Tracking
PRICE: $280.00


11x14 or 12x18 inch Fuji Crystal Archive photographic print(s)
Lustre Paper, fade resistant for over 20 years
Image dimensions @9x13.5 or 11x16.5 inches with white border
Signed/Titled and dated by Clyde Keller
Presented in archival sleeve, Unframed
Shipped Flat, Insured with Tracking
PRICE: $155.00 and $195.00

NOTE: The printed copyright information appearing on the web display print, is removed for your purchase print.

In this vintage documentary image I was focusing on poverty as it could be found throughout Washington County, Oregon. The subject is of a man who worked for the Timber Water Department in 1973. This image was featured in my 16mm film entitled "Portraits of Poverty" which helped to bring into focus the effects of economics and environment as it had left its impression on the faces of the poor.

In this new era of foreclosures, unemployment and resulting poverty, this haunting image serves as a sobering reminder that adverse economic conditions have been with us all along. It is what Arianna Huffington now describes as an emerging "Third World America."

It is what prompted the late Oregon U.S. Senator Wayne Morse (after viewing these photos in 1974) to argue for a continuing need to address human rights and to be "our brothers keeper" on behalf of the disadvantaged.

In an affluent society these concerns have far too often been ignored during better times. But, as this image reminds us, we are in the stream of a history where such hardships are never further away than in an economic downturn or now, in a "recovery" where millions live under the threat of losing their homes or becoming homeless.

I would like to mention the work done by photographers during the Great Depression, especially under the direction of Roy Stryker's Farm Security Administration or FSA. When we think of the images which defined that era, the work done by such greats as Dorthea Lange and Walker Evans come to mind. I traveled to the Library of Congress in 1976 (two years after this image was taken) to look at the wealth of images that came from the work of the FSA and was profoundly impressed by the variety and scope of these important documentary images. Sadly, this effort was to never be recreated. In this country we never have had the equivalent of the Canadian Film Board whose efforts have supported contemporary documentary and publishing projects similar to the efforts made by these great artists during the Depression. Nonetheless without the work of such gifted artists as Dorthea Lange, we would not have an interpretive photographic record that put a human face on those who struggled sometimes under very adverse conditions.

My documentary image was made utilizing a Nikon F film camera. The detail is enhanced by my use of an ultra sharp 24mm Nikkor lens. The exposure was made on Kodak Tri-X film. The original negatives have been kept in dark storage and are in pristine condition.

"Timber Water Man" Copyright © 1974 Clyde Keller


Hi, I'm a photographer and artist selling my fine art prints at clydekellerphoto.etsy.com.

My work is sold as Fine Art Giclee (inkjet) prints or fade resistant Fuji Crystal Archive (photographic) prints.

Clyde is known internationally for his historic photographs of Robert F. Kennedy. His RFK images are featured in Rory Kennedy's documentary film, "ETHEL" which debuted at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights has recently acquired key images from Clyde's RFK portfolios for their collection. Historic photos of author Ken Kesey, William Burroughs and actor Bill Murray are featured in Mark Christensen's book Acid Christ. Clyde's portrait of actor/director Warren Beatty is the cover photo for Peter Biskind's, Star. Several vintage documentary images appear in a new NFL films project, entitled, "Fearsome Foursome" as well as Dan Forrer's upcoming HBO documentary film centering on the birth of Hip Hop music. The Seattle Museum of History and Science now features his vintage Seattle skyline panoramas. His regional portraits of surviving pioneer families (and characters) appear in several new books, periodicals and webzines, including Ken Bilderback's, Creek with No Name, a new soft cover about the history of Cherry Grove, Oregon.

Clyde is the grandson of Clyde Leon Keller, (1872-1962) an important Oregon-based Plein-Air Impressionist Painter. His portfolios can be viewed at www.clydekeller.com.

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