Washington State Magazine

Winter 2004


Winter 2004

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In This Issue...

Features

How Cougar Gold Made the World a Better Place :: Washington may not yet have reached cheese heaven. But we're now well past the purgatory of cheese sameness. And we have the WSU Creamery, and Cougar Gold as a delicious standard, to thank for much of this progress.

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: The Cheesemaking Process at WSU :: Photography by Robert Hubner.}

Our Kind of Town :: Spokane is undeniably a beautiful place to live and raise a family. Its downtown is once again vibrant. But it takes more than attitude and livability to drive an economy. That's where higher education comes in.

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Story: It's Right Here: An interview with Spokane's economic development officer Tom Reese }

Ideas, Buildings, and Mirrors :: Torn between respect for its natural surroundings and a desire for cosmopolitan sophistication, Spokane lends a unique perspective to the notion that works of architecture reflect what a community thinks of itself.

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Ideas, Buildings and Mirrors :: Photographs of Spokane by George Bedirian.}

Seen from the Street: Photographs of Spokane :: One lens. One photographer. A unique perspective on Spokane.

Maughan Brothers :: Following the death of her husband, H. Delight Maughan raised six children-while teaching full-time. Despite the challenge, she clearly did it right. All three of her scientist sons, Paul, David, and Lowell, have been honored with alumni achievement awards.

Panoramas

Departments

:: FROM THE PRESIDENT: Opening minds, setting lives on course

:: A SENSE OF PLACE: Plants of the Wild

:: SEASONS|SPORTS: Training Table

Tracking

Cover: Riverpark Square, downtown Spokane. Read the story. Photograph by Rajah Bose.

Features
Abandoned warehouse.

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Abandoned warehouse. Catherine Bicknell

Aki's Grill & Sushi, 5 N. Stevens.

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Aki's Grill & Sushi, 5 N. Stevens. Catherine Bicknell

Wall signage, 109 W. Pacific Avenue (now Fat Tuesday's Concert Hall).

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Wall signage, 109 W. Pacific Avenue (now Fat Tuesday's Concert Hall). Catherine Bicknell

Commercial landscape east of downtown.

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Commercial landscape east of downtown. Catherine Bicknell

Commercial landscape east of downtown.

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Commercial landscape east of downtown. Catherine Bicknell

Carnegie Library building, 10 S. Cedar.

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Carnegie Library building, 10 S. Cedar. Catherine Bicknell

Art deco façade detail, 519-527 W. Riverside.

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Art deco façade detail, 519-527 W. Riverside. Catherine Bicknell

Seen from the Street: Photographs of Spokane

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Catherine Bicknell came from London to the Palouse in the 1960s and joined WSU in 1965. Captivated by the beauty of the landscape, "I could not see enough of it," she says, "so I drove the dirt roads to get photo images, often going out at first light to get the special light of early day." Exhibits of her work ensued, but by the 1970s the Palouse had become more commonly documented, and for Catherine the freshness of the rural subject matter gave way to documentary studies. These included Portland, a Grand Coulee reclamation project, courtyard houses in Greece and China, a record of working families in the Yakima Valley, Texas, Mexico, and many more. A move to Spokane sparked the idea of depicting a city "as seen from the street." The resulting images were shown by invitation May 2002 at the Met Theatre in Spokane.

To Bicknell, Spokane has a distinctively North American identity that visually exhibits a strong architectural expression and character. As if to replicate the experience of viewing the city from street level, she took all the photographs for this project with the same lens. Further, she eschewed any form of image manipulation, having her negatives printed full-frame, without cropping, editing, or any other alteration.

Catherine Bicknell retired in 2004 from Washington State University as associate professor in the Honors College and the Department of Apparel, Merchandising, and Interior Design.

Categories: Fine Arts, Photography |

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