By the mid 20th Century, cameras were getting lighter and film was getting easier and cheaper to process. Photography was evolving out of its status as a niche and expensive craft and an explosion of photographs and photographers emerged from this wake.
Photographer Ferd Brady was one of the first to take full advantage of these new technologies, being able to capture timely events like festivals and disasters in a quick and comprehensive way that was simply not possible with the bulky and slow technology of yesteryear. This new style of journalistic photography produced far more images than the previous era, which was largely focused on the decorative quality of photos. Brady became one of the most prolific photographers to have ever graced Fidalgo soil, though it would not take long for his main competitor in that field to emerge. Wallie Funk, inspired by the advent of lightweight cameras took as many as 50,000 journalistic photos between the years 1950 and 1964.
The first aerial shots ever taken of Anacortes. A feat unthinkable just decades prior. - Bower & Brady
Photographs were given a new sense of historic importance when the Anacortes Historical Society opened up their first exhibit, "Pioneer Pictures," a collection of late 19th century photographs of Anacortes, reproduced through the joint effort of Wallie Funk and photographer Glenn Davis. This exhibit provided the foundation for what would go on to become the Anacortes Museum, while also establishing the beginnings of an Anacortes photographic canon.