Photo by  Cory Kaufman , (c) 2017, used with permission.

Photo by Cory Kaufman, (c) 2017, used with permission.

About Harley Cowan

I am a photographer based in Portland, Oregon. 

I am also an architect. My interest in large format photography led to a research fellowship in architectural heritage documentation and preservation with work in the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) collection in the Library of Congress. 

I have lectured for the Portland Art Museum, Society of Architectural Historians, DoCoMoMo_Oregon, University of Oregon, and the Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School. My work is included in SAH Archipedia, an online encyclopedia of historic sites. 

My darkroom training began with Ian Beckett of Clark College. I studied large format photography under the tutelage of Ray Bidegain. I worked on location as an assistant to Eckert & Eckert Photography. I was selected as a test photographer by the Italian film company FILM Ferrania during the pre-production of P30 Alpha film. 

A graduate of Washington State University, I am a member of the Professional Advisory Board for WSU’s School of Design & Construction. Early in my career, I spent six years working in nuclear industry. My studies also took me to Far Eastern State Technical University in Vladivostok, Russia.

A more complete curriculum vitae can be found on LinkedIn.

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