Bruce Forster has been photographing the way the world works for over 45 years. Although his studio is based out of Portland, Oregon, he has traveled throughout the world on assignment. His roots in photography parallel his love for the snapshot with their inherent simplicity, directness, and narrative qualities. These roots signify commitment, observation, inquiry, ambiguity, humor and affection.
This website consists of selected images shot on assignment for clients as well as an array of personal and fine art projects.
Historical Press from the Archive:
Public: Art Quake, Association for Portland Progress, Bonneville Power Administration, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Bureau of Technology Services, Clackamas County Department of Utilities, Confluence Project, Eastside Light Rail, Japanese Gardens, Japanese Memorial, KGW TV, KP TV, Metro, Mt. Hood Jazz Poster (#1,#10,#14), Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Central Coast Association, Oregon Community Foundation, Oregon Convention Center, Oregon Department of Agriculture, Oregon Economic Development Division, Oregon Graduate Institute, Oregon Symphony, Port of Astoria, Port of Portland, Port of the Dalles, Port of Vancouver, Portland Art Museum,Portland Center for Performing Arts, Portland Development Commission, Portland Oregon Visitors Association, Portland Parks Bureau, Portland Police Bureau, Seattle University, TriMet, University of Portland, University of Scranton, Westside Light Rail
Business: Adidas, Advanced Data Concepts, Arakawa, Architectural Reproductions, Atiyeh Brothers, Ball Janik Attorneys, Bank of America, Benjamin Franklin Bank, Bernard Hodes, Best Manufacturing, BHP Coded Steel, Bitlz Wineheart, BMC West, Boeing Portland, Bonita Packaging, Bridgetown Print, Bronson Leigh Weeks, Cap Hedges and Associates, Capacity Commercial, CB Commercial, Champlin Design Group, Chateau Benoit, Cochran Inc., Consolidated Metal, CurAnt Communications, Debbie Thomas Real Estate, Dehen Knitting, Dolce International, Dove Lewis Animal Shelter, EC Electric, Ed Lindquist, Electro Heavy Equipment, Electro Scientific Industries, Ericksen Air Crane, First Interstate Bank, Fiskars, Flyn Industrial, Forest Grove Lumber, Fujitsu America, Fullman Co., Gard Gerber, Garden Vineyard, Gerber Blades, GI Joe’s, Graphic Media, Greenbrier Co., Gunderson, Hallock Agency, Hanna Andersson, Hart Enterprises, Hines Nursery, Hyster, Iberdrola Wind Farms, Intel, Intelledex Robot Manufacturing, James Hardie Building, Jan Baisch Attorney, JDP Mechanical, Jeff Smith, Joe Erceg, Karen Mathason Design, Klein Bicycles, Louisiana Pacific, LumaLite Flashlight, Malcom Drilling, Materials, May Corp (Meyer and Frank), Mel Ulven Design, Metropolitan Group, Meyer Memorial Trust, Monette Trumpet, Morgan Stanley Reality, Mt. Hood Jazz Poster (#1,#10,#14), Neidermyer Martin, Nerco, Nicole Door, Norm Thompson, Norpac, Norstar Cattle Company, North Pacific Grain, Northwest Alpacas, Novellus Clean Rooms, NW Natural Gas, NW Power Planning Council, Ogden Waste Management, One Call, Oregon Community Foundation, Oregon Department of Agriculture, Oregon Forest Resources Institute, Pacific Gas Transmission, Pacific Metal, Pacific Telecom, PacificCorp, Peter Built Trucks, PGE, Pihas Schmidt Westerdal, Pope and Talbot, Port of the Dalles, Portland Bolt, Portland Brewing, Portland Expo Center, Portland General Electric, Portland Police Bureau, Precision Helicopters, Pro/Eco, Pyramid Brewing, Quantum Commercial Group, Reality Trust, Reed College, Rentrack, Ridel Environmental, Rip Caswell Artist, Riverview Cemetery, Schnitzer Steel, Scottish Power, SDS Lumber, Sequent Computers, Sharp, ShedRain, Sizer Bingham Pump, Skyline Displays, St. Vincent de Paul, Standard Insurance, Starbucks, Sulzer Bingham Pumps, Supra Lockbox, Susan Brown Design,Techtronix, The Oregonian,The Standard, Timberline Trailers, Toyotanso,Tube Forging, Ulven Forging, University of Portland, Urban Renaissance Group, Wacker Siltronic, WDT Industries, Webtrends, Weebock Childrens Clothing, Western Paper, Western Wire, Wheat Marketing Center, White Wycoff, Wieden and Kennedy, Willamette Industries, Willamette Western, Williams and Dame, Windy Point Partners, LLC, Xerox, Z-Com, Zidell Marine, Zidell Valve
Built Environment-Architects, Engineers, Construction, and Landscapes: Akron Mosian Associated Architects: Anderson Krieger, Berger Abam, Boora Architects, Bremik Construction, Brewery Blocks, Builder’s Inc., Campbell Yost, CH2M Hill Engineers, Chown Lofts, Christenson Electric, Claremont, Columbia South Shore Development, DPR Construction, Forest Heights Development, GBD Architects, Gerding Edlen Development, Gregory, Hargreaves and ASsociates, HGW Inc., Hillman Properties, Hoffman Construction Company, Holmlund University Nursery, Holocaust Memorial, Howard S. Wright Construction, Hoyt Street Properties, Interface Engineer, John Carroll Development, Kiewit Construction, KPFF Engineers, Lango Hansen, Leeb Architecture, Mayer-Reed, Neil Kelly Construction, OTAK, Pacific Development, PAE Engineer, Pioneer Place, Qualavest, R & H Construction, Ralph Schlesinger & Co., Renaissance Homes, Richard Brown Architect, Robertson Merryman Barnes, Russel Development Company, Ryland Homes, Schlesinger Companies, SERA Architects, Shields Obiets Johnsen Architects, SOM Architects, South Waterfront Development, SRG Architects, Stacy and Whitbeck, Unico Properties, Walker Macy, ZGF
Health: Blue Cross, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Legacy Health System, Mary’s Woods at Merylhurst, Meridian Park Hospital, Oregon Association of Hospitals, Oregon Blue Cross, Oregon Health and Science University, Peace Health, Providence Health, St. Vincent Hospital, Vollum Institute
Hospitality: Embassy Suites, Green Wood Inn, Heathman Lodge & Hotel, Hilton Hotel, Nehalem Point, Riverplace Hotel, Salishan Lodge, Skaminia Lodge, The Capes, The Governor Hotel,Tolovana Inn
Political Clients: Bill Bradberry, Bob Packwood, Chuck Duffy, Connie McCready, Dick Springer, Don Clark, Ed Lindquist, Gladys McCoy, Gov. Strob, Grattan Kerns, John Kitzhaber, Les Aucoin,Margie Hendricks, Mike Kopepski, Neil Goldschmit, Nick Fish, Norma Palus, Peter Defazio, Phil Bogue, Rick Gustafson, Robert Liberty, Ron Wyden, Steve Kafoury, Ted Hallock, Ted Kulongoshi, Tom Potter, Vera Katz
Magazines: Alaska Airlines Magazine, American Girl Magazine, American Heritage Museum, Costco Connection, Country Living, Cowboys and Indians Magazine, Forbes, Fortune, Horizon Airlines Magazine, Journey’s Magazine, Money Magazine, Northwest Magazine, Portland Magazine, Portland Monthly, Sunset Magazine, Travel Portland, Via Magazine
Public Books: 10,000 Eyes (ASMP), Above Portland (Cameron Books), America 24/7 (DK Publishing), Celebrating Portland (Windsor Publications), One Average Day (Western Imprints), Portland (Graphic Arts Center), Portland Book (Windsor Publications), River Bend: A Community of Healing (Peace Health Oregon Religion)
Commissioned Books: Making of a Barge (Zidell Marine Corp), The Eastman House, The New American Farm (Cannon Power Group), Tube Forgings of American Inc.