A Photographer's Photographer
men in the United States himself, but
it's not for his own feats that Hansen is
known; it's because of the dozens of
shutter shooters that he has turned out
from his widely known photographic
course in Polytechnic High School.
Hansen bounced around the world a
good deal, and was conspicuous in sports
in his own right prior to the time he
settled down to drill the younger generations in the way to record the deeds of
their time and place, with photography.
Lee is a Danish-A-merican. His father,
Oscar Hansen, was a restaurant man in
Deninark, and a seeker for action according to his own system, and this system
did not include action which shows up
on a piece of film. The elder Hansen
sought direct action, and got fun out of
it. He went to Alaska as a young man.
Lee lived there with him as a boy. His
HENRY LEE HANSEN, Oregon State
parent also was in the Canadian MounHe and his boys now shoot pictures for
ties, and handled a commissary departUncle Sam's armed forces.
ment for the White Horse and Yukon
you've ever been in Los Angeles, railway.
Lee, who was born in Los Angeles,
and you have noticed the action
photographs which pop out of the news- August 8, 1906, during one of the elder
paper pages and into your vision, you're Hansen's periods of alighting on well
probably familiar with the handiwork groomed territory, afterward attended
of Brother H. Lee Hansen. Brother Han- grammar school in Denmark through
sen, compact, wiry, lively, ever-grinning, 1913 until the time that World War I
familiar figure about the sport centers of broke out in Europe in August, 1914,
Angeles, is the instructor who has and then traveled half way -across the
trained years of active and ambitious world to take two years of high school
young action camera-men. All of the at Broadway High School in Seattle. His
newspapers in Los Angeles have Brother last two years of high school were spent
at Manual Arts in Los Angeles, where
That is, they had them until the war Lee graduated.
In high school, although he weighed
Then "Hansen's boys" trooped into the 128, Lee played end in football (and was
service. Not far behind them was Brother an end whose feats are still recalled),
Hansen himself, waiting just long enough was a basketball guard, and held both
to get the Hansen family provided for, the California state and Los Angeles city
and now in the Signal Corps with offi- interscholastic championships for the 880
cer's bars himself.
yard and one-mile runs. He broke two
Lee Hansen's career is a unique one. city records on the same day in 1924.
He's one of the sharpest action camera- Followers of track sports in Los Angeles