A dozen photographers, including several with Lawrence ties, named to new photojournalism hall of fame

A dozen photographers have been inducted as the inaugural class of the Kansas Photojournalism Hall of Fame.

The dozen photographers, including several with strong Lawrence ties, were honored at a ceremony on Saturday in Topeka.

Honorees include:

• Rich Clarkson, a KU alumnus, was a former Journal-World photographer who went on to serve 25 years as the director of photography at the Topeka Capital-Journal and later was a contract photographer for Sports Illustrated.

• Carl Davaz, who in 1974 became the first KU student to win the William Randolph Hearst Collegiate Photojournalism Competition, worked for the Capital-Journal and later became the director of photography for the Missoulian in Montana.

• Jeff Jacobsen worked for the Arizona Republic, the Capital-Journal and later became Kansas Athletics’ first full-time photographer.

• Chris Johns in 1979 was named the Newspaper Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association and served as editor-in-chief of National Geographic magazine from 2005 to 2014.

• Brian Lanker won a Pulitzer Prize in feature photography in 1973 while working for the Capital-Journal, and later went on to work for LIFE Magazine and Sports Illustrated.

• Sandra Milburn, a KU graduate, won the 2007 AP Photo of the Year as part of a 32-year career as a photojournalist at the Hutchinson News.

• Gordon Parks, born in Fort Scott, is renowned for his 1942 photo titled “American Gothic,” showing a Black woman with a mop in front of an American flag. Parks went on to have a successful career in film and music, becoming the first African American to direct a film for a major studio.

• Jim Richardson had a 30-year career with National Geographic and frequently photographed Kansas’ tallgrass prairie, and is a Kansas native from Belleville.

• Charlie Riedel has been an active photojournalist in Kansas for more than 40 years, serving as photo editor for the Hays Daily News, and more recently as a photographer for The Associated Press, covering events ranging from presidential elections to the Olympic games.

• Gary Settle, a native of Walnut, Kansas, became a longtime photographer for The New York Times and was a multiple-time national Newspaper Photographer of the Year. Settle also worked for the Chicago Daily News and the Seattle Times, where he oversaw photography and design.

• Bill Snead, a longtime Lawrence resident who died in 2016, worked for the Journal-World at the beginning and end of his career. In between he was a picture editor at National Geographic, a Vietnam War photographer for United Press International and spent 21 years with The Washington Post.

• Pete Souza, who began his career with the Hutchinson News and the Chanute Tribune, served as the official White House photographer for all eight years of the Obama administration. He also served as the official photographer for Ronald Reagan.

The new photojournalism hall of fame is organized by the Kansas Press Association.


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