Telluride’s Inaugural Photography Festival

By Beacon Staff

Tailored to outdoor and adventure photographers, Telluride, Col., is hosting its inaugural photography festival this year. World-renowned professionals have been scheduled to share, teach and inspire the week of Sept. 20-26, 2010.

There are a variety of four, three and two-day workshops, as well as half-day beginner and intermediate classes for those keeping an eye on their budget. Workshops include Light on the Land with Pulitzer Prize-winner and National Geographic photographer Jack Dykinga, Telluride Fall Landscapes with Tom Till, Shooting Adventure Photography with the Geographic’s Gordon Wiltsie (who currently lives in Bozeman) and Location Lighting with Telluride photographer Doug Berry – to name a few.

Telluride seems like an exceptionally deserving place to host an outdoor and adventure photography festival, but I can’t help but wonder why we don’t have something like this in the works here in Montana?

With the popularity and success of the Rocky Mountain School of Photography in Missoula, the talent being cultivated at the University of Montana and Montana State University, the sizeable amount of talented photographers who choose to live in this state and the connection Montana has with its own unique culture – it seems like this would be the perfect destination for our own photography celebration, even if not on the same magnitude as Telluride’s.

Still, if you feel like making the 1,000-mile trip to Colorado, I think it would be well worth the gas. And as a personal aside, Rob Haggart, formerly the director of photography at Men’s Journal and Outside magazines and founder of the popular industry blog APHotoEditor.com, will be there. Any chance you have to pick his brain is worth the trouble.

See the entire list of workshops, seminars, symposium, portfolio reviews, events, exhibits, faculty and schedules at the Telluride Photo Festival 2010 Web site.

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