The Oregon State University Sesquicentennial Oral History Project

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Harrison Branch Oral History Interview - February 23, 2015

Harrison Branch Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Mike Dicianna.
February 23, 2015
Harrison Branch (b. 1947) worked in the OSU Art department for forty years as a professor of Photography, beginning with his arrival in 1973 and concluding with his retirement in 2013. As an artist, Branch primarily used bellows cameras, often for large format projects, and as a researcher he investigated platinum-palladium printmaking and Platinotypes, among other topics. Branch likewise taught a variety of photography classes, including courses on the history and science of the medium. In his interview, Branch touches upon his evolution as a photographer, his interests in various technical aspects of the art form, and his experiences as a teacher over four decades at Oregon State.

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Dennis Dimick Oral History Interview - December 15, 2014

Dennis Dimick Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Janice Dilg.
December 15, 2014
Dennis Dimick (b. 1951) graduated from OSU in 1973 with a degree in General Agriculture. While at Oregon State, Dimick also pursued a growing interest in photojournalism and eventually built a career as a photographer, reporter and editor at several newspapers. From 1980 to 2015, Dimick was a staff member at National Geographic, retiring as the magazine's Executive Environment Editor. In 2013, Dimick received the Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award, which is the most prestigious honor granted by the National Press Photographers Association. His interview focuses on his roots in agriculture, the development of his skillet as a journalist, his memories of National Geographic, and his influential work documenting and reporting on contemporary environmental issues.

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Chris Johns Oral History Interview - December 15, 2014

Chris Johns Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Janice Dilg.
December 15, 2014
Chris Johns (b. 1951), a native of Central Point, Oregon, attended OSU from 1970-1974, studying Agriculture before changing his major to Technical Journalism. A photojournalist for the OSU student newspaper, Johns went on to become a lauded photographer for several newspapers and magazines, and was named National Newspaper Photographer of the Year in 1979. In 1988 Johns began a formal association with National Geographic magazine, where he was hired as a staff photographer, and spent the next two years living and working in Africa. In the late 1990s, Johns joined the magazine's editorial staff and, in 2005, he was named Editor in Chief, the ninth such person to hold this position since the founding of National Geographic in 1888. His interview focuses on the roots of his love for photojournalism and the arc of his career as a photographer, writer and editor.

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Roger Werth Oral History Interview - June 16, 2014

Roger Werth Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Janice Dilg.
June 16, 2014
Roger Werth (b. 1957) attended Oregon State University from 1975-1980, graduating with a degree in Liberal Studies with emphases on journalism and photography. In May 1980, early in his career as a photojournalist, Werth captured several iconic images of the catastrophic eruption of Mount St. Helens. In 1981 the staff of Werth's newspaper, the Longview (Washington) Daily News, received the Pulitzer Prize for Local, General or Spot News Reporting, a major recognition of the paper's coverage of the Mt. St. Helens story. Special commendation was given by the Pulitzer committee to Werth for his photographs. Werth's interview focuses upon his undergraduate years at OSU, his memories of the Mt. St. Helens eruption, and his broader experiences in photojournalism.

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