First Ever Telluride Photo Festival Debuts This Week, 9/20 – 9/26

[click “Play” to listen to Eric Moore’s conversation with Susan]

Unknown Telluride is a nonstop photo op: every moment a Kodak moment. The region is also a stone’s throw away from four National Parks, several national monuments and state parks (Hovenweep, Dead Horse Point, and the Black Canyon.) And when it’s not a world-class ski resort, Telluride is a festival town, where different tribes gather to celebrate all kinds of music, mushrooms, fine art, film, and the natural world. A Telluride Photo Festival? The event that was a giant “Duh!” is an idea whose time has finally come thanks to a young entrepreneur, Eric Moore, with support from Telluride’s Ah Haa School for the Arts.

Moore first moved to Telluride in 2000, working as a partner in Telluride Multimedia, where he developed software applications to solve business challenges. After several years away from campus, he moved back  to town in June 2010, reclaimed his old business and started the Telluride Photo Festival. Moore’s Festival is designed to promote a message of conservation, art for a cause, not art for art’s sake, while supporting emerging photographers by offering photography workshops, seminars, symposium and gallery exhibits featuring major artists, many of whom have agreed to do double duty as mentors.

To learn more about how the Telluride Photo Festival came about and its founder, Eric Moore, click the “play” button and listen to part 1 of a two-part interview.

(poster photos by Tom Till, Robert Glenn Ketchum, Jack Dykinga, Tim Kemple; from top then left to right)

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