Arctic Life: Lomen Brothers Photography
Organised and circulated by the
Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta
September 17, 2011 to January 8, 2012
Drawn to the North by tales of the gold rush and the untouched riches of Alaska, the Lomen family moved from Minnesota to Nome, Alaska, in 1903. In 1908, the brothers—Carl, Harry, Alfred and Ralph—purchased a photography studio, quickly learning how to keep cameras in working order at Arctic temperatures. Through a vast number of historic photographs, the Lomens documented Arctic life of the first few decades of the twentieth century. Thirty-three photographs from the Glenbow Museum collection are featured in the exhibition that includes unique images of the Inuit people of Alaska, reindeer herding (another component of the Lomen family business), and the city of Nome.
Inuit Woman, Nowadluk, from Cape Prince of Wales, Alaska, 1903
Glenbow Archives ND-1-56