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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Clarence K. Bros

Dates:  1902 - 1985, 7 July

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Approved biography for Clarence K. Bros
(Courtesy of Christian Peterson)

Clarence K. Bros, who spent his entire life in Minneapolis, was one of the more active and devoted members of the Minneapolis Camera Club. Beginning in about 1929, he worked as a building contractor, and during World War II was employed by Northwest Airlines and the War Assets Corporation. In 1946, he established his own construction company, building custom houses and developing residential and commercial properties.
Bros bought a Leica in about 1931 and joined the local camera club two years later. Not surprisingly, many of his most successful pictorial images included architectural elements, from private homes to pavilions at world’s fairs. His pictures were accepted at salons in England, Belgium, Japan, Yugoslavia, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and New York. In Minneapolis, they were seen every year between 1933 and 1941; the 1934 catalog reproduced an image he made the previous year at Chicago’s Century of Progress Exposition. Ethelyn Bros, Clarence’s wife, also exhibited in the 1937 and 1940 Minneapolis salons.
Bros contributed much time and effort to the Minneapolis Camera Club. After serving as vice president for two years, he was its president from 1937 to 1939. In addition, he gave demonstrations, judged monthly competitions, and served on both the organizing committee and jury for the Minneapolis salon. Clarence K. Bros died on July 7, 1985. 
Christian A. Peterson Pictorial Photography at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Christian A. Peterson: Privately printed, 2012) 
This biography is courtesy and copyright of Christian Peterson and is included here with permission. 
Date last updated: 1 June 2013. 
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