Ross Hall (1905-1990)
Ross Hall was born and
raised on an isolated homestead in
Hall went on to receive a
fine arts degree from the Illinois College of Photography n the 1920's. The school, which graduated only a handful of
artists per semester, was at the time, the only fully accredited photography
college in the country. Several years
after graduation, Ross moved to
Sandpoint, in 1931, was a
remote logging village of 4,000 situated on the north end of 50-mile-long
It was on the ridge tops
Ross' studies of winter snow formations established him as one of the first photographers to elevate mountain winter imagery to an art form. During the 1940's Eastman Kodak recognized Ross Hall as one of the top ten scenic photographers in the country.
Concurrently, Ross and Hazel built a thriving business that defied its rural setting. At its pinnacle, The Ross Hall Studio employed nearly one hundred people and accounted for over 600,000 large format negatives, some sizing up to ten square feet. Ross was that rare individual who successfully combined commerce and artistic pursuits while earning a national reputation for spectacular wildlife, winter and scenic photography. More recently much attention is also being paid to his sensitive characterizations of people and their daily pursuits.
As a result of superb technique and an artist's documentary vision, Ross Hall photographs are treasured as some of the most accomplished and representative images of their period. Through the efforts of the Hallans Gallery and prints by Dann Hall, the Ross Hall Collection, like a great time capsule, emerges to not only present an era in poignant reflection but to also reestablish Ross Hall as one of the Master Photographers of the Twentieth Century.