|Dates: ||1912, 15 June - 1987, May|
Approved biography for Gordon E. Winters
(Courtesy of Christian Peterson)
Gordon E. Winters was born on June 15, 1912. During the early 1930s, he worked at two of Minneapolis’s milling companies—Washburn Crosby and General Mills. He then was employed for about seven years by the auto supply company Gamblel-Skogmo, working variously as a display man and photographer. During World War II, he was in the U.S. armed forces.
Winters was active in Twin Cities camera clubs from the late 1930s to the early 1950s. The Minneapolis Camera Club elected him to membership in 1938 and the next year he joined the Gopher Camera Club. For the Minneapolis Photographic Society, he judged monthly competitions in 1938 and 1940. He served as treasurer for the Minneapolis Camera Club in 1947-48 and in 1949 as chairman of the city’s annual photographic salon.
He apparently exhibited his pictorial photographs only locally, including in the fine arts exhibition at the 1941 Minnesota State Fair. The same year, his work was seen in the Spring Salon, cosponsored by the Gopher Camera Club and Walker Art Center. At the more important Minneapolis Salon of Photography, his pictures were accepted in 1936, 1938, 1939, 1947, 1948, and 1952.
The only print owned by the museum by Winters is an untitled image of a man standing at a streetlamp in what looks like the French Quarter of New Orleans. This is an unusually dark and ominous image for a pictorialist, but it placed in a monthly competition of the Minneapolis Camera Club in 1947, according to a sticker on the back.
Winters moved from Minneapolis to Hopkins in 1947. By the early 1980s, he had relocated to Minnetonka and was still doing freelance photography. He died in May 1987.
Christian A. Peterson Pictorial Photography at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Christian A. Peterson: Privately printed, 2012)
This biography is courtesy and copyright of Christian Peterson and is included here with permission.
Date last updated: 1 June 2013.
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