Ray Atkeson (February 13, 1907 – May 25, 1990) was a U.S. photographer best known for his landscape images, particularly of the American West. His best known photographs are black and white prints, many still popular in galleries, stores, books, traveling art exhibitions, and screensavers. His awards include:
- Distinguished Citizen of Oregon
- Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Linfield College
- Distinguished Service Award
- Oregon Governor's Art Award
- Oregon state Photographer Laureate (1987–1990)
- inducted into the Photographic Hall of Fame
Ray Atkeson was a commercial photographer in Portland, Oregon for seventeen years 1929-1946 after arriving in Oregon in 1927. From 1946-1973 he was a free lancer photographer and published several photo compilations. The photobooks are mostly of Oregon and Washington, but later work included California.
Atkeson lugged around heavy 4x5 camera equipment and photographed a rich variety of winter mountain scenery and activity. Many of his alpine photos were taken before the chairlift was invented and required ski stamina. Among his subjects were Errol Flynn, Yosemite, many of the Oregon and Washington Cascade mountains. In his later years his granddaughter Karen Schmeer assisted him with his work, including driving him to photo-shoot locations after his eyesight began to fail.
In 1988, Atkeson was one of the chief petitioners for the successful Measure 7 which added 500 miles (800 km) to the Oregon Scenic Waterway System originally formed by an initiative passed in 1970.
- Northwest Heritage: The Cascade Range. 1969.
- photos by Ray Atkeson, text by Calvin Kentfield (1971). The Pacific Coast. Rand McNally & Company.
- Atkeson, Ray (January 1, 1969). Cascade Range. Portland, Oregon: Charles H. Belding. ISBN 978-0-912856-01-8.
- Oregon. Graphic Arts Center Publishing. June 1968. ISBN 978-0-912856-00-1.
- text by Archie Satterfield, photos by Ray Atkeson (1974). Oregon II. Portland, Oregon: Charles H. Belding. ASIN B000I9USSW.
- Ross, Richard; Ray Atkeson (Photographer) (June 1987). Oregon III. Graphic Arts Center Publishing. ISBN 978-0-932575-28-9.
- Ray Atkeson (Photographer), Warren Miller (Author) (November 2000). Ski and Snow Country: The Golden Years of Skiing in the West, 1930s–1950s. Graphic Arts Center Publishing. ISBN 978-1-55868-538-3.
- Ray Atkeson (September 1989). Western Images. Graphic Arts Center Publishing. ISBN 978-1-55868-011-1.
- Atkeson, Ray (January 1, 1972). Oregon Coast. Portland, Oregon: Charles H. Belding. ISBN 978-0-912856-06-3.
- Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company
- Ray Atkeson Photography
- David J. Weber, Book Review Editor (Winter 1973). "Book Review, The Pacific Coast". The Journal of San Diego History (San Diego Historical Society) 19. Retrieved 2007-07-31.
- Oregon History Project
- Oregon History Project
- Alan Engen is the son of ski champion Alf Engen; Alan is also Chairman Emeritus for the Alf Engen Ski Museum Board of Trustees; University of Utah Ski Team 1958–1962 co-captain; second place 1960 National Alpine Championship; third place 1960 NCAA ski championship
- "Ski Meister, quarterly journal of the Alf Engen Ski Museum Foundation" (PDF). Spring 2006. p. 5. Retrieved 2007-07-31.
- Navas, Melissa (January 31, 2010). "Portland native Karen Schmeer, 39, remembered as loyal friend, talented film editor". The Oregonian. Retrieved 1 February 2010.