Forum Publishing Company

Business years 1891 - Present
Business address 101 5th Street North

It is not known when the Fargo Forum newspaper first had its reporters take photographs for news stories, but in 1929 they did own an old Graflex focal plane camera that was dusty and out of order, indicating its lack of use.

Long-time Forum reporter Roy P. Johnson took his first photographs for the newspaper in about 1932.  Until 1935 commercial photographers had supplied indoor photographs published in the newspaper.  That changed when reporter Roy P. Johnson first used flash photography in the Cass County Courthouse.

By 1938 the newspaper moved into photography in earnest when it purchased the necessary photography equipment and trained reporters and staff in its use.  That same year the Forum acquired the Dakota Photo Engraving Company that supplied engravings for the newspaper.

Early reporters were responsible for their own photography and the negatives were developed and printed by Fargo and Moorhead commercial studios.  This arrangement did not prove to be satisfactory and they built their own darkroom.  By 1952 there was a separate photography department operated by Forum staff.

The following incomplete list of Forum staff includes those known to have done photography for the newspaper.  It also includes years of employment, when known.

Kenneth W. Bergan (1951) Bill Bitters (1953)
Nick Carlson Bruce Crummy
Ed Dams (1957-    ) Eugene Fitzgerald
Chet Gebert Gifford Herron (1934-1968)
Colburn Hvidston III Harry Jennings (1958-1976)
Roy P. Johnson (1927-1963) Phil Mathews (1952-    )
Alf T. Olsen Cal Olson
David Wallis Edward Yocum



Photographers of Fargo, N.D.
Institute for Regional Studies,

North Dakota State University,
Fargo 2001