Still Rainin' Still Dreamin'
Hall Anderson's Ketchikan
Distributed for University of Alaska Press
A staff photographer for the Ketchikan Daily News, Hall Anderson counted among his early influences photographers like Robert Frank and Henri Cartier-Bresson, who understood the visual bounty to be found in photographing the candid side of life. For more than twenty-five years, Anderson has brought this perspective to his photographic endeavors, both personal and professional, in the small town of Ketchikan in southeast Alaska.
Still Rainin' Still Dreamin' showcasesone hundred of Anderson's prize-winning black-and-white images, which collectively chronicle three decades of life in Ketchikan, spanning its transition from a timber- and fishing-based economy to one built on a booming tourism industry. From timber carnivals to election coverage to Fourth of July parades, Still Rainin' Still Dreamin' is a poignant celebration of the uncanny juxtapositions found in everyday life.
by Brad Matsen and Ray Troll
“Most photographers regard small-town newspapers as an unavoidable starting point, a place to endure before getting out as soon as the next job offer comes along. Not Anderson. He breaks the mold. In a quarter century of of shooting black-and-white at the Ketchikan Daily News, he’s made himself family to the people whose lives he puts in the paper.”