Studio was began in 1950 under the direction of Jack
Cunningham. Jack was the owner and operator until he sold the
studio to Charlie Plumb in 1982. Charlie sold the studio in
1989 to Al Berger the current owner and operator. When Al
purchased the studio he purchased the negative files from 1950 to
1989. We have over 95% of the original negative files
available for reprints. If you or your family had portraits by
Cunningham Studio in the past, we have your negatives on hand in our permanent file..
Just ask us how you can view them.
Berger began his photography career in 1983 while stationed
in Kaiserslautern, West Germany
with the United States Air Force. He entered his first
photographic competition in the spring of 1985 and was rewarded with
1st place in the portrait category. His awards started rolling
in as he gained experience. In 1988 while stationed at
Fairchild Air Force Base outside Spokane, Washington, Al took 2nd
place in the bi-annual prestigious
Inter-Service Competition. He
was the only person from Fairchild AFB to ever be selected for entry
to this 2 year Photographic Contest between all United States Armed
Forces. He has won over 90 national
since beginning his career as a photographer.
In 1991, 1995 and 1996 Al was awarded the “Best Print of
the Year” awards from the Spokane Professional Photographers
One of Al's first
jobs in his photo career was as a “stringer” (freelance news
photographer) for the Ramstein Press while stationed in Germany.
When he moved to Spokane in 1986 he was a stringer for United
Press International (UPI).
In 1987 Bloomsday Race Association selected Al as a featured
photographer for Bloomsday Magazine. In 1988 Al photographed the 1988 Olympic Cycling Trials in
Spokane. Al was the
lead photographer for the 1989 Washington State Centennial Games. During the 1990 Goodwill Games, Al photographed the events in
Spokane for UPI. Al has
continued photographing news worthy items for UPI and has been
published in national newspapers.
Al was the official photographer for the Spokane Grand Prix
during the years of its existence.
Al started as a professional photographer in 1987
and purchased Cunningham Studio's in 1989.
Cunningham Studio has been in existence since 1950.
When he purchased Cunningham Studio, Al insisted the purchase
include all of the original Cunningham negatives from the beginning
of the studio in 1950 to the time of the purchase.
Al is happily married with 2 children, Joshua and Jacob and has
lived in Spokane for the past 20 years. He grew up in western
Montana working ranches and has extensive experience with animals.
His down to earth personality allows him to connect easily with
young and old alike. Al's
love of photography and his desire to excel drives his relentless
pursuit to expand his skills as a professional photographer.
He has studied under noted photographers,
Steven K. Wolfe
among others. Al traveled to Canada to study under
the noted Portraitists
Louise and Joseph Simone..
In the summer of 2005 Al went back to photographing Rodeos throughout the Northwest. You can view the Rodeo photos Al has taken at Pro Rodeo Pix. Since he went back to photographing rodeos again, Al has become a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) member and a photographer for the Professional Western Rodeo Association and the North-western Professional Rodeo Association (NPRA). Al has also photographed several Professional Bull Riders (PBR) events. Al has also been approved by the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA).
is one of the few portraitists who actually enjoy working with
people. Be it a wedding or a large family group.
Al truly loves working his magic and having fun with his customers. Al
is a true romantic and is willing to work with you in designing your
perfect portrait session. Call
or stop by to visit with Al.
Bring your ideas or desires and he will work with you to bring your
dreams to life.
3623 S. Smith Street, Spokane, WA 99223 (509) 924-1700
August 2, 1994
© Copyright 1994-2009 Al Berger
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