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Brian Lanker

I am so sad to write this. My dear friend and mentor, the great photographer Brian Lanker, passed away yesterday after a brief illness. He was an incredibly important part of my life. He hired me for my first job as a newspaper photographer at the Register-Guard in Eugene, Oregon some 30 years ago and has always been my a great supporter of my work. He was a Pulitzer-Prize winning photographer. He authored the book, I Dream A World. He was not only a great photographer but a great friend and extremely generous human being. He leaves behind not only his wonderful wife Lynda and their kids but also friends in every part of the world. You can see his work at www.brianlanker.com. I am so grateful to have had him in my life. We will all miss you so much, Brian.

Here is a poem about death called Stop All the Clocks, Cut off the Telephone by W. H. Auden. It says all that I cannot.

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone

prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone

Silence the pianos and with muffled drum

Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

3 Responses to “Brian Lanker”

  1. honey says:

    i am sorry for your loss. the poem is brilliant…

  2. Carolyn says:

    So sad, Rosanne. Amazing poem for an amazing human. I send you a hug.

  3. Small world. I was at the University of Oregon and taking print making classes with Lynda in the 80’s. Such a loss.

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