The other day, I received in the mail my signed copy of Heyday: 35 Years of Music in Minneapolis that features Daniel Corrigan’s excellent photography. While I love music and photographing musicians and performances, Dan’s vast archive puts mine to shame. He has photographed countless bands who either started in the city or were traveling through. I knew Dan when I was a student at the University of Minnesota, and wanted to do his portrait with other photographers for an arts class in 1988. Dan invited to a magazine shoot he was doing with the band Soul Asylum in a South Minneapolis apartment. He was kind and patient as I fumbled my way through the shoot — I was pleasantly surprised to see the photo included in his book!


While reading up on Dan’s book, I also found this interesting video Pitchfork did a year ago about him and his life.

Archival Quality is a series looking at Geoff Hansen’s favorite photos from over 30 years as a photographer.


Wild West

In the mid-1990s, my wife and I discovered the best remedy for Vermont’s mud season — a 10-day trip to Arizona, doing a lap of the state. The Grand Canyon is awesome for its size (277 miles long and 18 miles across at its widest point!) and for people watching. Two boys created their own version of the Wild West!

Grand Canyon play

Archival Quality is a series looking at Geoff Hansen’s favorite photos from over 30 years as a photographer.


Hearts of Champions

This fall I spent a few weekends covering sports championships for the Valley News. Some Upper Valley teams won, others lost. They all competed with heart and good sportsmanship — I was honored to be on the sidelines with my cameras! Here’s a few of my favorites:






From top: After shaking hands with their opponents, Hartford’s Austin Shepard gives a joyful yell following the team’s 24-14 state championship win in Rutland, Vt.; As Proctor goalie Isabel Valerio smothers the ball, Sharon Academy’s Eleanor Frost reacts to a missed opportunity when it was briefly loose in the second half of the championship held in Bethel, Vt. Proctor won, 1-0; Sunapee teammates and sisters Katie, left, and Ellie Frederick hug after their 6-0 win over Colebrook to capture the state championship in Laconia, N.H.; Stevens’ football team, including Zach O’Brien, right, hold their championship trophy aloft after defeating InterLakes-Moultonborough 46-20 in Durham, N.H.; Woodstock’s Sarah Yates reacts to the team’s 1-0 loss to Springfield in the championship game in Burlington, Vt.

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Pirates of Penzance

On Friday night my wife and I had great seats to see our daughter and her Sharon Academy classmates’ opening night performance of The Pirates of Penzance. I brought my camera along and made photos of their impressive performance, a play they learned in only a few weeks! Follow this link to see more of my favorites in the Galleries section of my web site (print sales profits will benefit the school’s Annual Fund).






Changing Face

Twenty years ago, I did photographs of Hartford Village, Vt., for a Valley News profile of the changing face of the small community. I did pictures at a bait shop, Head Start program, the library, Bingo hall and at professional photo lab that was about to close. Since then, the majority of the small businesses focused on photography in the area are gone, replaced by smartphones and apps.

Color printer

Color printer Dennis Grady checks a print against a customer’s guide during a work day at Hathorn/Olson Photo Labs in Hartford, Vt., in Jan. 1996. After 10 years, the business closed to leave a commercial vacancy in the village.

Archival Quality is a series looking at Geoff Hansen’s favorite photos from over 30 years as a photographer.


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