Denver photographer and photojournalist Sara Frances teaches, publishes and writes

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Photographer Sarah Francis looks for the truth through the viewfinder of the camera.

After 60 years of photography, Francis is busy as a writer, writer, publisher, traveler and housewife in Denver. In her recent interview at her home in University Park on a sunny afternoon, Francis enthusiastically talked about her publishing, literature, history, and the future.

Francis, a professional photographer since 1972, enjoys traveling and is familiar with international photography and photojournalism. As a writer, she writes magazine articles, web articles, and books.

Francis, a lifelong member of the Professional Photographers of America, teaches photography workshops for adults over the age of 50 at the University of Denver’s Continuing Education Program, OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute). She has been recognized by the PPA for having been educated 100 times. Awards from the organization in the course of her educational career.

Founded in 2018, Francis, owner of Photo Mirage Books, has self-published several photobooks, including “Fragments of Spirit: 60 Years: A Photographers Recollections of Taos Pueblo, the Region and its Arts.” She defends the design of photo art books.

Francis first went to Taos Pueblo, New Mexico in the late 1950s as a child with his family. It was the beginning of a lifelong love affair with a magical place, its people, architecture, landscape and culture.

“I was just suffering,” recalled Francis. “I was absolutely fascinated.”

Andy Cross, Denver Post

Photographer and publisher Sarah Francis during an interview at home on February 9, 2022.

Francis discovered the camera as a young woman as an exchange student at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. She holds a master’s degree in comparative literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

“At first I didn’t really know what it was, but I liked looking through the viewfinder,” Francis recalls. “I discovered that the camera wasn’t a barrier. I just happened to start a conversation. I pointed it at people and it went in.”

Since then, Francis has pointed his camera at people, including thousands of brides and grooms. She has filmed over 4,000 weddings and events and has written and published books on weddings, wedding photography and wedding dresses.

Wendy Wolberg, a local lawyer, first met Francis in 1980 when he hired a wedding photographer. The women became friends, and Francis has been taking professional pictures of Wolberg and her family ever since.

“We never interact with Sarah when she’s not fascinated by what she’s doing,” Walberg said. “She’s just expressive, funny and charming. She has great ideas and lots of enthusiasm. She’s enthusiastic about everything.”

For years, Francis filmed Walberg’s sister’s wedding and her mother’s 80th birthday celebration. When she died in 2017, Walberg’s eldest daughter, Francis combined her photo archives to create a photo of Erin, one of Walberg’s beloved souvenirs.

“All my bookshelves are full of pictures taken by Sarah,” Walberg said. “I love her and consider her a friend of mine. She knew my family and she was always there a lot of time and place.”

When taking pictures, Francis goes to a little old school, but she still prefers to look through the viewfinder rather than looking at the LCD display. Still, she enjoys, practices, and excels at virtual editing of photos, as opposed to finder habits. Francis also incorporates taking pictures with the iPhone. This is a habit she often relies on. She experienced a radical change in photography.

Francis recalled, “used to develop film,” in the darkroom with liquid chemicals. “It was a disaster, I had allergies, I would get a nasty red urticaria. It wasn’t easy, but I was very happy to be able to move to a computerized world. Is very exciting and there is always something new. I’m a pixel surgeon right now. “

Whether it’s taking pictures of a wedding or event, or taking a complete picture of her choice, for fun or as a photojournalist for the next book, she has several pieces. Core principles.

“The light is really exciting,” she said, shining sunlight into the room of her house. “It’s very important to get to the right place at the right time and know what you’re trying to see. This shooting business is pretty serious. Have you ever been sweaty and nervous while shooting? I’m still doing it. “

While Francis is reading a book about Taos Pueblo, she likes the memories of her work that took her and the people she met, including the friendships she fostered.

“It took 60 years to make,” she proudly said. “Now it’s a big deal. It’s history.”

Andy Cross, Denver Post

Photographer and publisher Sarah Francis during an interview at home on February 9, 2022.

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