It’s an eye for detail and Colorado architecture that defines author Sandra Dallas’ collection of photographs in the Denver Public Library’s Western History Collection. Her portfolio demonstrates a certain sense of place and eye for features that seem to represent a bygone era in the American West.
And that seems fitting. Dallas’ prolific body of work as a longtime Denver journalist and writer straddles both fiction and non-fiction, and is united by historic settings and tales rooted in the past.
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Her photographic work embraces flares and flourishes that are characteristic of a time when things were hand crafted, details that, says DPL researcher Randel Metz, “impart the often overlooked, less tangible parts of history that we miss in classically framed photographs.”
Dallas moved to Denver as a young child. She studied journalism at DU, where she gained the chops to join Business Week, now owned by Bloomberg. When Dallas became the Denver bureau chief in 1969, she also became the first female bureau chief of a national news magazine, according to Metz in his blog post about her.
According to the bio on her website, Dallas’ twenty-five-year stint at Business Week took her to all corners of Rocky Mountain culture and geography, a wide stretch of experiences that has inspired much of her fiction writing. It seems, too, that these experiences have left their mark on her visual pursuits.