Portland Columbia Symphony Realm of Nature Beaverton and Gresham Oregon

In the Frame 5: Cultural Lights



The photographic portrait is a complex thing—an image gathered at the center of four corners. It is what the camera sees, what the photographer sees, what the viewer sees, and what the subject hides or reveals. The facts of it can be explained to some degree, but not the experience of it. It is a magic trick, a sort of transcendental transcription. It is pulling a rabbit out of your hat, or in this case out of your DSLR.

The portraits gathered here are the latest in a series titled In the Frame—a photographic chronicle of the talented people whose contributions to the art, character, and culture of this city have made it what it is today, people whose various legacies are destined to be part of our cultural heritage.

As with the previous portraits in this series, these have been taken in situ using available light.


Writer, Artistic Co-Director, and Founding Member with Carol Triffle of Imago Theatre.


Writer, Artistic Co-Director, and Founding Member with Jerry Mouawad of Imago Theatre.



Portland Opera The Snowy Day Newmark Theatre Portland Oregon

Director, Actor, Founder, and Artistic Director of Portland Actors Conservatory.


Award-winning Landscape Photographer, Master of the Inspired “Grid-Portrait,” and Dedicated Deadhead (Redundancy Intended).


Award-winning Artist Whose Graphically Complex, Historically Referenced Work Is Focused on the Female Form.


Executive Director of the Regional Arts & Culture Council.


Founder and Executive Director of Triangle Productions; Playwright.


CEO of FashioNXT and Executive Producer of Portland FashioNXT Week.


Painter of Expressive, Highly Energized, Multi-layered Abstractions.



Portland Columbia Symphony Realm of Nature Beaverton and Gresham Oregon

Artist, Curator, and Writer.


Director and Founder of Light Opera of Portland.


  • IN THE FRAME: ELEVEN MEN. Portraits of leading figures ranging from the late Claymation master Will Vinton to the Hollywood Theatre’s Doug Whyte and jazz drummer Mel Brown.
  • IN THE FRAME: ELEVEN WOMEN. Portraits of leading figures ranging from Oregon Symphony concertmaster Sarah Kwak to abstract painter Lucinda Parker and novelist Monica Drake.
  • IN THE FRAME 3: LENS ON ARTISTS. Portraits of leading figures ranging from artist Sherrie Wolf to theater empresario Jose Gonzalez to blues singers LaRhonda Steele and Curtis Salgado to radio producer Laura Hadden.
  • IN THE FRAME 4: CULTURE NOW. Portraits of leading figures ranging from Creative Laureate Subashini Ganesan to painter Arvie Smith to Bitch Media creative director Andi Zeisler to choreographer Sarah Slipper.

  • K.B. Dixon’s latest book Too True: Essays on Photography has been selected as a Finalist for the Best Book Award, the Eric Hoffer Book Awardand a National Indie Excellence Award.

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Photo Joe Cantrell

K.B. Dixon’s work has appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers, and journals. His most recent collection of stories, Artifacts: Irregular Stories (Small, Medium, and Large), was published in Summer 2022. The recipient of an OAC Individual Artist Fellowship Award, he is the winner of both the Next Generation Indie Book Award and the Eric Hoffer Book Award. He is the author of seven novels: The Sum of His SyndromesAndrew (A to Z)A Painter’s LifeThe Ingram InterviewThe Photo AlbumNovel Ideas, and Notes as well as the essay collection Too True, Essays on Photography, and the short story collection, My Desk and I. Examples of his photographic work may be found in private collections, juried exhibitions, online galleries, and at K.B. Dixon Images.

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