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Terry Toedtemeier was a curator and historian of photography as well as a highly regarded photographic artist. As a student at Oregon State University, he majored in geology, and rock formations and topography in general became his abiding interest as a photographer. He was particularly fascinated by the terrain of the Columbia River Gorge and made numerous photographs of that dramatic region. In his role as photography curator at the Portland Art Museum, Toedtemeier organized a major exhibition entitled "Wild Beauty: Photographs of the Columbia River Gorge, 1867 - 1957," on view through January 11, 2009. He and an associate had just given a talk in Hood River on the exhibition and the book published to accompany it, when Terry Toedtemeier died unexpectedly on December 10, 2008.