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Lifelong Learning: focus on photography’s history

Get set for a fast-paced, visual history of photography from 1824 to today, as retired award-winning photojournalist Dean Conger presents “Contemporary Image Makers” at the Sisson Library at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24.

Conger will reveal the way photographers’ visions of how they “see” has changed. He will share his perspective on memorable photos and today’s noteworthy photographers; the transition from film to digital; sports, news, and war; elections here and there; and more.

Dean Conger spent nine years with the Denver Post before joining the National Geographic magazine as staff photographer, and eventually becoming assistant director of photography.

A broad range of assignments took him all over Europe and Asia, as well as the United States, where for a time he specialized in coverage of the space program. Named Newspaper Photographer of the Year three times during the 1950s and Magazine Photographer of the Year in 1962 in the Pictures of the Year competition, Conger also received the National Press Photographers Association Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award for a lifetime of outstanding work in photojournalism in 1987. He retired in 1989 after 30 years with the National Geographic, and now lives in Durango with his wife, Lee.

On another note, be sure to mark your calendars for Saturday, Oct. 31 — Halloween — when the eerie subject will be “Abandoned America: The Meaning of Ghost Towns, Ruins & Lost Places,” presented by Dr. Kevin Britz, director of the Center for Southwest Studies.

The Lifelong Learning Lecture series offers a wide variety of topics to help keep your mind agile and your life interesting. Each presentation is free and open to the public. Lectures take place at the Sisson Library, located at the corner of U.S. 160 and 8th Street.