Hoquiam’s Polson Museum will host John Tylczak on Saturday afternoon for a lecture on his current exhibit and his decades of work as a view-camera photographer.
Tylczak has mastered the large-format view camera over the past 40 years. His work has been widely shown across the region, and now is on display at the Polson. He captured the images for “Views from the Northwoods” between 1983 and 1995 as he traveled throughout the Northwest to document images of Washington’s timber economy.
“Tylczak’s work is one of our state’s historically significant and artistically impressive modern hidden treasures,” John C. Hughes, chief historian for the Washington secretary of state’s oral history program, wrote earlier this year. “Like (Darius) Kinsey and (B.B.) Jones, the Tacoma-based photographer is a master of the large-format view camera capable of producing images of almost three-dimension clarity and gradation.”
Tylczak got his first glimpse of the industry through his grandfather, A.E. Hillier, who worked for Phoenix Logging Co. He later became enthralled with the photography of Kinsey and Jones, and decided to replicate their work to illustrate the logging and sawmilling industries during the 1980s.
He assembled images taken in Grays Harbor and Mason counties for the Polson exhibit. Along with the large-format black-and-white prints shown in the museum’s main room, an additional 180 images are digitally projected in a looping slideshow.
The exhibit opened in February and runs into early 2018, providing a memorable look at the people who made Grays Harbor’s logging and sawmilling industries hum in the not-too-distant past.
The lecture will begin Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Polson. For more information, contact the museum at 360-533-5862.