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Ray Hunold, Freelance Photographer:
Storytellers and Nature Photography
Previously on exhibit in the Special Collections Exhibit Cases.
Now available as a Web Exhibit
Freelance photographer Ray Hunold (1933- ) donated his extensive photographic archives of over 150,000 images to Special Collections in the University Library in 2004. This exhibit provides an overview of Hunold's life and work as a photographer of storytellers and as a nature photographer.
As the official photographer of the Sierra Storytelling Festival (Nevada City, California) and other festivals, such as the National Festival of Storytelling (Jonesboro, Tennessee), Hunold photographed storytellers in action from 1988 through 2001. The only known archives of storytelling photographs on the west coast, the Ray Hunold Collection documents the revival of storytelling in the United States as an art form. Exhibited are portraits of storytellers at work, programs from storytelling festivals, and children's books written by some of the tellers. Accompanying the photographs are quotes from photographer Ray Hunold describing how he goes about his work as a storyteller photographer.
As a nature photographer and author of nature and travel articles from the 1950s to the present, Hunold's work has appeared in hundreds of newspaper articles and magazines including the New York Times, San Francisco Examiner, Audubon Magazine, National Wildlife, and Modern Maturity, as well as many textbooks. Traveling extensively with his wife Bernice, Hunold explored throughout North America and Europe gathering images of national and state parks, historic sites, and street scenes. The exhibit contains examples of this work, as well as Hunold's computer generated artistic approaches to his subjects.
Brenda Wong AokiTALES Storytelling Festival, March 1989
Canada goose, Buttertubs Marsh Wildlife Refuge, Vancouver Island, Canada, 1990