You do not get to meet everyone you want to in one lifetime – and sometimes maybe it can be for the better – but I do genuinely miss not having had the chance in Lanker's case. It must have been something to witness firsthand the turn of mind and eye that was so very capable of reading people, telling stories, and sharing with us all so many countless photographs that still possess a power and presence far beyond their original inception.
-- From the Heart: The Photographs of Brian Lanker by Brian Lanker, published by OSU Press. From the opening essay "A Retrospective" by Roy Flukinger.
Lanker was a photojournalist with an artist's eye. This gorgeous book of Lanker's photography, with reflections and reminiscences by his colleagues, friends, and admirers, was four years in the making and accompanied a retrospective exhibit of his work at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum or Art in Eugene, Oregon.
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