“Grandfather Burton Frasher, Photographer, 1907 Through the Decades”
Event Date: Friday, June 12, 2020
Event Time: 7:00PM
Event Description: Anyone who traveled in the Southwestern United States from the 1920’s through the 1950’s probably stopped at a café, souvenir stand, or gas station, and bought a postcard with a crisp black and white photo-view of the region, stamped with the famous “Frasher Foto” label.
Burton Frasher Sr., who became known as “The Postcard King of The West” began capturing images of the west as a young boy growing up in Colorado. Frasher (pronounced “Frasier”) was born in 1888, in Denver, Colorado. After learning the boxmaking trade, he came to California around 1910 to work in the state’s booming fruit packing industry. In spite of a need to travel light, Frasher carried his large format 5-by-7 view camera, and portable darkroom equipment in the sidecar of his Indian motorcycle that he used in his boxmaking travels. Frasher’s Foto also did extensive work capturing the cultural history of the Southwest by photographing a wide array of Indian tribespeople in their native surroundings. Frasher preserved the Indian tourist culture of the day by photographing native dancers, as well as tribal artists creating jewelry, making pottery, and weaving baskets.
The Frasher Foto brand is still going today, carried on by Christopher Frasher, the son of Burton Jr., and the 3rd generation of Frasher photographers. Christopher studied portraiture at the Brooks Institute of Photography, which he combined with years of hands-on training from his father and other mentors. Christopher operates “Frasher’s Foto” studios in Yucca Valley, and San Luis Obispo that specialize in portraiture, and family and sporting events.
Sponsored by the Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park and the Twentynine Palms Historical Society, this lecture is held at the Old Schoolhouse Museum, 6760 National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms, on Friday, June 12 at 7 pm. This lecture is open to the public and costs $5 per person at the door. Optional dinner with speaker at 5 pm at the 29 Palms Inn, reservations are limited and attendees are responsible for their own meal. If interested in dinner please RSVP at 760-367-5537 before Wednesday, June 10.
Organizer Name: Desert Institute
Organizer Phone Number: 760-367-5539
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Venue Name: Old Schoolhouse Museum
Venue Address: 6760 National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms