Tucked inside a drawer, in a garage in Southeast Portland, is a collection of photo negatives. Cataloged with an image of a young boy triumphantly lifting two trout is likely a previously unknown photo of Duke Ellington. Then there's Ella Fitzgerald. There's Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and Louis Armstrong. They're all in playing Portland.

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The boy with the trout, Michael Henniger, grew up and is now scanning his father's old photos into a laptop.

"I learned how to take photos from my dad. He had a great eye," Henniger said. "These photos came about because he was stringer for Downbeat from 1954–1956."

His father, Carl Henniger, was a young advertising salesman for The Oregonian newspaper, but in 1954 Carl Henniger was also moonlighting as a freelance photographer. Michael thinks the side gigs helped pay for the family's move from St. John's to Beaverton.

"Dad and Mom were very into jazz, I think it was left over from the big band era. They ran in arty circles in Portland," Henniger said. His parents met working on the yearbook at Oregon State University — he was the chief photographer, she was the editor.

Henniger says he's thinking of printing a good number of his father's photos in hopes of exhibiting them somewhere in town.

"If you want to take good pictures — have a camera with you," Henniger said. "That was sort of my dad's mantra."

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