Judge named for PSAC Photo Contest

The 21st annual Pagosa Springs Arts Council Photo Contest is right around the corner and contest organizers are pleased to announce that Durango photographer Paul Boyer has been chosen to judge the popular competition.

Boyer left the academic world of a doctoral program in Italian and Renaissance Literature in 1974 to pursue his interests in photography. That decision has carried Boyer and his photography into varied and interesting corners of the world.

Boyer worked as a photographer in Port Townsend, Wash., through the 80s and 90s, then relocated to Durango. His career has been spent photographing people and the things they do in their communities. That has meant working with businesses to bring their products to market, and it has meant photographing the milestone events in peoples’ lives.

One of his projects, a study of 100 centenarians from around the United States and Canada, resulted in the 1990 publication of a book, “One Hundred over 100,” produced in conjunction with writer Jim Heynen. This study carried Boyer and Heynen over much of the United States and Canada.

Currently, Boyer teaches regularly scheduled workshops in digital photography through the Open Shutter Gallery in Durango and he leads photography tours to Italy, Newfoundland, the Pacific Northwest, Oaxaca, and Myanmar. Helping people realize their own vision through photography has become one of his major interests, and he has worked with hundreds of photographers from throughout the Four Corners region.

Boyer will judge contest entries in various categories: domestic animals, wildlife, flora, landscape/scenic, action/sports, close-up, people, sunrise/sunset, black & white, special techniques, open, and a special youth (under age 16) category.

Contest rules and information are available from Frame and Photo Depot and Higher Grounds Coffee Shop located on the corner of Village and Talisman drives just north of McDonald’s. Entries will be accepted in both shops Feb. 1-10 with the judging and opening gala scheduled for Feb. 13.

For further information, call Sharan at Frame and Photo Depot at 731-4511.