Fielder comes to town

Top photographer to showcase work

— One of the most notable photographers of Colorado landscapes will give a local presentation of his work.

John Fielder is coming to Steamboat Springs Feb. 1.

"He's doing a presentation based off of his new book, 'John Fielder's Best of Colorado,'" said Christi Ruppe, spokeswoman for the Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley.

The Community Alliance is bringing Fielder to present at its third annual meeting, she said. He will talk about his new book and present a slide show of his photographs.

For the past 30 years, Fielder has hiked, skied and driven through the open spaces of Colorado to capture it on film. He has been the photographer of more than 30 books and his work has been featured on numerous calendars. One of his books, "Colorado: 1870-2000," became the best-selling Colorado book ever, according to Fielder's online biography.

Fielder also is an advocate of the protection of open spaces, as well as growth-control causes.

He co-authored Amendment 24 in the 2000 election, which called for cities and counties with populations of more than 10,000 to develop growth plans that must be approved by voters. The amendment had strong opposition from real estate and development lobbies and wasn't passed by voters.

Because of his work as a conservationist, Fielder has received the Sierra Club's Ansel Adams Award. He was one of the five appointed members of the board of Great Outdoors Colorado, which uses Colorado Lottery profits to protect open space and wildlife habitat.

"He talks about those issues as it is reflected to his work," Ruppe said of his presentation here.

Fielder has worked closely with Western Colorado Congress, which is the parent group of the Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley.

Fielder will present at 7 p.m. at Olympian Hall, after the business of the Yampa Valley Community Alliance is conducted. At that meeting, the group will announce its new president.

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