These early landscapes and scenic views are tremendous, but Gould didn't lose his skills as the years wore on; another spectacular set of images was taken in the 1990s on Mount Goliath. Gould's subjects are the bristlecone pines that live there, which are some of the oldest trees on earth. Gould described to me the painstaking preparations he had to make to take these shots, waiting for the natural light to be just right.

In addition to the Gould show, Camera Obscura is hosting Loretta Young-Gautier: Retrospective, an exhibit dedicated to the work of Gould's longtime co-director. Young-Gautier first came into Camera Obscura in 1981 when she was a student of the late Ron Wohlauer, and a dozen years later, she offered to volunteer for Gould. This led to part-time employment and then full-time work. She calls herself the "head chef and bottle-washer."

Her show is wide-ranging as well, and though there is a body of Western-themed work, such as "Round Up," which is an altered image crowded with running horses, there are also some strange surrealistic pieces, such as "Equinox." She has been technically experimental, with some of the prints in crisp focus and others with crumbly surfaces.

"Round Up," by Loretta Young-Gautier, black-and-white photo.
"Round Up," by Loretta Young-Gautier, black-and-white photo.
"Black Foot Tepees, Montana," by Hal Gould, silver gelatin print.
"Black Foot Tepees, Montana," by Hal Gould, silver gelatin print.

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For more photos from these exhibits, visit showandtelldenver.com.

Through April 30, Camera Obscura Gallery, 1309 Bannock Street, 303-623-4059, www.cameraobscuragallery.com.

Young-Gautier will continue to work with Gould after the gallery closes to inventory, move and sell photos and books. Gould even hopes to resurrect Camera Obscura as a non-profit space. Did I mention that the guy is in his nineties?

On Saturday, April 30, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., Camera Obscura will hold a farewell party for supporters, patrons, volunteers and friends. And then it's one for the history books.

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