Walter S. Bowman
Self-taught, Bowman developed his first negative in 1885, and began his career with an ordinary amateur outfit and a 5x7 camera. He opened his first studio in 1887 in a cheap frame building at the end of the bridge over the Pendleton River, and remained in that location, eventually building a new concrete block structure with blocks he cast himself.
After his death in a car crash on an icy highway east of town in 1938, the Oregonian wrote, "During the early part of the century Bowman was one of the outstanding photographers of eastern Oregon. He had retired in recent years from active work. He was especially well known for his outstanding action pictures of the Pendleton Round-up."