|Dates: ||1913, 27 December - 1988, 31 January|
|Died: ||US, MN, Brainerd|
Approved biography for Bernhard A. Skomars
(Courtesy of Christian Peterson)
Barney Skomars was born on December 27, 1913. He worked at the Minneapolis Eastman Kodak store for about fifteen years, beginning in 1934. During most of the 1950s and 1960s, he was with Offset Service, a printing company.
He was active in Minneapolis camera clubs in the late 1930s and early 1940s. He was a member of the Gopher Camera Club by 1939 and the next year was its top prize winner. In 1944, he served as vice president for the club. In 1940, he judged a monthly competition and lectured on filters for the Minneapolis Photographic Society. On June 12, 1945, the Minneapolis Camera Club elected him to membership.
Skomars exhibited modestly, showing in at least two national photographic salons in 1941: the Eastman Kodak salon, sponsored by the Kodak Camera Club in Rochester, New York, and the Minneapolis Salon of Photography.
He was most successful with architectural subjects; the two prints that the museum owns feature an interior and an exterior. One shows the Art Deco sculpture in the lobby of the old Rand Tower, an office building in downtown Minneapolis, while the other pictures the entrance to the University of Minnesota’s Northrup Auditorium. The latter effectively creates perspective with a succession of doorways and is printed with William Mortensen’s texture screen.
Skomars apparently was close with John and Lillian Sigford, other Minneapolis pictorialists, as they were neighbors in the small town of Deerwood by at least the early 1980s. Bernhard A. Skomars died on January 31, 1988, in Brainerd, Minnesota.
Christian A. Peterson Pictorial Photography at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Christian A. Peterson: Privately printed, 2012)
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Date last updated: 1 June 2013.
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