|Biographical Sketch or Administrative History
Eric A. Hegg (known as E.A. Hegg) spent 20 years as a photographer in the Yukon and Alaska. |
Born in Sweden in 1867, Hegg and his family immigrated to the United States in 1881 and they settled in Wisconsin. After several years of studying art and photography, he opened his first studio in Washburn, Wisconsin. In 1888, Hegg followed the flow of westward migrants and opened a studio in Bellingham, Washington.
In 1897, Hegg travelled to the Yukon as a photographer to document the Klondike Gold Rush. Hegg photographed extensively and operated studios in Dyea, Skagway, Dawson City, Nome, and Cordova before returning south, where he ran a studio in Fresno, California and later in Bellingham, Washington.
Hegg was married but his wife did not like the north and lived in Seattle while he was in the Yukon and Alaska. In 1946, Hegg sold his studio in Bellingham and went to live with his son Roy in San Diego. Hegg died in 1948, leaving over 4,000 photographs of the North and one of the best photographic collections of the Klondike Gold Rush.