Auburn native’s photographs on exhibit at local museum

January 15, 2014 by  

Auburn man George L. Kinkade, who worked at the Auburn Globe-Republican as a printer and typesetter during the 1930s and 1940s, will have his work display posthumously at our local museum.

As of today, the White River Valley Museum in Auburn will exhibit 33 out of the 369 photographs that the museum received after Kinkade’s death.

Kinkade died in 1975, after a 45-year career in the newspaper industry. He was instrumental in the creation of the Northwest International Exhibition of Photography, which took place at what was formerly referred to as the Puyallup Fair.

Each exhibited photograph is one that Kinkade selected either to display in various club exhibits, publish, or enter into contests. All of the images are displayed alongside comments from the photographer. Kinkade’s comments include his experiences in the wilderness when taking the picture, his views on life and photography, as well as his photography methods. Photographs such as these were often used in postcard printing during the time period they were taken.

In addition to his skill as a photographer, the images are impressive due to the subject locations. Without the benefit of Forest Service access roads or even logging roads, Kinkade hiked into mountainous locations. Moreover, he did so without the benefit of modern high-tech equipment or survival gear.

Some of the photographs are irreplaceable because they feature glaciers and ice caves that may no longer be in existence, or have been declared off-limits due to safety issues. The Kinkade Alpine photograph exhibit will be on display until June 1 in the Key Bank Gallery