George Jolokai

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Instructor - Central Oregon Community College

Photography Professor - Central Oregon Community College

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And, because the negatives were produced using a large-format camera, the detail retained by the images easily matches modern photo techniques, said George Jolokai, the COCC photography professor who printed the images used in ,Fragile Legacy.,,We think we,ve come so far with photography, but they had this kind of detail back then,, he said. ,It doesn,t jump out at you because it,s too big; it,s more that it,s intimate and the detail is exquisite.,Jolokai, who spent more than two hours making each print in the exhibit, said since the Van Vleet collection came from a studio, it reflects the many kinds of photos a studio would have taken from about 1910 to the late 1920s: posed portraits, candid shots, documentary photos of major events and commercial-style images that businesses would have used to advertise.One thoughtless estate sale, and they could have been sold as panes of glass for a greenhouse, a fate that many vintage glass-plate negatives met, Jolokai said.The Van Vleet family had the foresight not only to retain the collection, but to store it safely in archival paper and at a stable temperature.,All along the way, a lot of people cared enough to not lose this collection,, Jolokai said.,I,ve invented entire lifetimes for these people at a glance,, Jolokai said.The humanity of the photos lives in their frames.

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The Jungers' relationship with COCC began a decade ago when Julie Jungers took a basic photography course from COCC instructor George Jolokai."George is a talented photographer and dedicated instructor," she said.

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Photo courtesy of George Jolokai, Photography Instructor at COCC

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