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Center for Great Plains Studies


Roger Spohn

I spent my early years in the southeastern portion of Kansas, and from that early rural environment developed a deep appreciation for nature and for the open landscape. Locating in Lawrence during the late 70's to attend the University of Kansas, the unique collection of architecture was also a strong influence as my interest in photography began to develop. Concurrently with my formal education I began an independent study of landscape and architectural photography, and was heavily influenced and educated by the work of Adams and other B&W photographers of that time.

With this good understanding of the black and white process as a foundation, I soon was interested in larger camera formats, and began to do color work as well. I now work exclusively with large and medium format equipment and my chosen subjects are the landscape, nature and architecture. I am drawn to the State and National Parks, or to any subject that holds some geologic, historic or purely aesthetic significance. Kansas, however, is my primary interest, and I most enjoy the documentation and artistic interpretation of its varied regions and unique features, as well as its agricultural and rural qualities.

One of my greatest concerns is the negative impact that we incur on the wondrous and pristine landscapes, as well as on the rural areas that I have come to know. I hope to capture many of the landscapes that still remain, but I am often discouraged and saddened to see the mistreatment of these important locations. That some of my work might aid in the documentation, protection or preservation of any such worthy subject is undoubtedly my greatest aspiration.

Black & White Images

Color Images