Detroit native Herman Krieger got stated in photography
by way of a class taught by his high-school biology teacher.
"I took pictures for the school paper with a 4x5 Speed
Graphic," he recalls. "I worked in a photo shop after
school." After graduation at age 16, Krieger found work in
the photo lab at the Packard Motor Car Company. At 18, he
joined the Army Air Corps and was sent to photo-tech school.
"At the end of the course they made me the instructor," he
says. After the war, he studied chemistry and took a job in
California. He earned a degree in math at UC Berkeley,
worked in computer programming, and lived in Holland for
nearly 30 years. In 1990, he retired and relocated to Eugene
"for the climate and the scenery." Here he rediscovered
photography and returned to school for a BFA from the UO in
'94. Krieger's photo-essay "Hamlets of Lane County" is
currently on view at the Opus 6ix Gallery in Eugene through
October 12. Many other photo-essays on life in Eugene and
nearby towns can be seen at efn.org/~hkrieger.
photograph and story by Paul Neevel
Eugene Weekly / 2 November