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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Paul R. Skoog

Born: Paul Randolph Skoog 
Dates:  1884, 18 March - 1965, February
Born:  US, IL, Chicago

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Approved biography for Paul R. Skoog
(Courtesy of Christian Peterson)

Paul Randolph Skoog was born on March 18, 1884, in Chicago. In Minneapolis, he learned printing, working at his fatherís shop, Skoog and DeLander. He was the foreman at Nygren Printing for a few years and in 1919 helped found the Skoog-Smith Printing Company. Located in downtown Minneapolis, it billed itself as commercial printers, designers, and music typographers. James W. Smith, his partner, died in 1937, but Skoog kept the business going until about 1953. Subsequently, he worked as a salesman for the Colwell Press for about six years, and retired around 1963. Skoog-Smith printed the catalogs for the Minneapolis Salon of Photography for its first ten years, from 1932 to 1941.
Skoog joined the Minneapolis Camera Club in 1932, shortly after it formed, served on the annual salon committee for the next nine years, and was its vice-president in 1937-38. He was a regular contributor to the Minneapolis Salon of Photography, having his work accepted every year between 1933 and 1941, expect in 1940.
Skoog engaged a variety of subjects for his pictorial work, including landscapes, still lifes, and figure studies. He also experimented with the paper negative process, a method that allowed him to utilize his art training and do handwork on the negative.
In 1939, Skoog provided photographic illustrations for A Trip to the Man in the Moon, A Story in Rhyme for Children, a childrenís book by Frederick D. Tyner (not surprisingly, printed by Skoog-Smith). They comprise playfully fabricated scenes of dolls in a model boat that make their way through clouds to the moon. Paul R. Skoog died in February 1965. 
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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