A Photographer’s Eye

Not many 88-year-old women would decide to lean out the window of a small plane to take photos of the Rio Grande — but then again, not many women are like legendary Colorado photographer Laura Gilpin.

You can’t talk about artists of the American Southwest without Gilpin’s name being dropped. And with good reason: Her love of the landscape’s rich history and pristine beauty spanned more than six decades and won praises from Ansel Adams for her “individualistic eye.”

Landscape photography can be brutal, full of untold hours and many traveled miles -- not to mention the loads of film used to capture the rich history and pristine beauty of the land, particularly around northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. But it was this dedication that drove this leading landscape artist and made her one of the best. Gilpin died in 1979, just weeks after taking pictures of the Rio Grande.

Laura Gilpin Masterworks, featuring forty of Gilpin’s masterpieces that include images of Pueblo and Navajo Indians and the Rio Grande from the Colorado headwaters to the Gulf of Mexico, opens today at the Byers-Evans House Museum. The exhibit closes today at the Byers-Evans museum, 1310 Bannock Street. For further information, visit www.coloradohistory.org/be or call 303-620-4933.
Nov. 7-Dec. 31, 2008

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