Ray began photographing the Western landscape in 1928. As a pioneer in large-format, color scenic photography, Ray Atkeson became a legend in his own time, having done more to promote the scenic splendor of Oregon than has any other individual photographer. Atkeson’s work has been widely exhibited across America and appeared in numerous national magazines such as National Geographic, Time, Readers Digest, and The Saturday Evening Post. His photography has illustrated over twenty large format books with over one million copies sold. Ray was decorated with a number of awards and distinctions during his lifetime including Photographer Laureate of the State of Oregon, honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from Linfield College, Distinguished Citizen of Oregon, and the Governor’s Award for Arts in Oregon. He created an archive of over 250,000 images during his career and those images are now held in the Ray Atkeson Image Archive. From the 1930‘s through the 1950’s, Ray documented the Ski & Snow Country of the intermountain region of the Western United States. During that period of time Ray created several thousand black and white images that are now considered to be the finest privately held collection of winter and ski photography of that era. His timeless images of winter are still sought by collectors around the world.
Rick Schafer is a fifth-generation Oregonian who lives with his wife, Teresa, and their four children in Portland, Oregon. Rick’s interest in photography originated in high school. His experience began to develop under a twelve-year apprenticeship with his stepfather, Ray Atkeson, who had a significant influence on Rick’s life and in his work. Rick’s large format and 35mm photography of the Pacific Northwest has been published nationally and internationally over the last 35 years. Through his travels to National Parks, State Parks and public lands, Rick also developed a passion for agricultural photography which developed into a passion for culinary photography as well. Rick’s photography has been licensed by Alaska Airlines, Golf Connoisseur Magazine, KAI USA ltd. Tyson Foods, Inc., Hasselblad, Black Butte Ranch, The RingSide Hospitality Group, Hayden’s Lakefront Grill, Century Hotel, Martin Hospitality, State of Oregon, as well as many others. Publishing credits include these exhibit-format books: Oregon IV, Our Portland, Magnificent Places: Oregon Coast, and Oregon, Portrait of a State, as well as the following cookbooks: The McCormick and Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant Cookbook, A Chef’s Bounty: Celebrating Oregon’s Cuisine, The Vintner’s Kitchen, The Tillamook Cheese Cookbook, and Short & Simple, Family Recipes by Amy Roloff. Rick uses Nikon D-SLR equipment with Nikon lenses for both digital and large format cameras.