Shuttered: Camera Obscura to close later this spring

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"Hal Gould, Mt. Goliath, Colorado", by Loretta Young-Gautier

Hal Gould started curating photo shows back in 1963 when he was the director of exhibitions for the Colorado Photographic Arts Center. Then, in 1979, he opened Camera Obscura Gallery near the corner of Bannock Street and 13th Avenue, which became the first and one of the only photo-specialists ever in Colorado. Thirty years later, Loretta Young-Gautier came on as a partner in the business.

Now the decision has been made -- though the official announcement has not been sent out -- that the gallery will be closing its doors for good. "We're shooting for May 1," says Young-Gautier, revealing that the building's lease is up at that time.

Anyone who has ever been in the gallery will realize that shutting down will be quite an undertaking, because the place is the photographic and bibliographic version of an episode of Hoarding: Buried Alive. Expect a series of book and photo sales, as well as silent auctions, both at the gallery and online, as Gould and Young-Gautier attempt the Herculean task of emptying out the filled-to-the-rafters place.

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So many amazing photographs in your gallery, it will be a loss to the city of Denver to have you close your doors. So much art, so much historic value! What a treasure.Jean Piwetz


Wow, this is so sad! What a wonderful place - I will have to go there soon to say goodbye.


We will miss Hal and his wonderful collection of Photographs. Although my connections with Hal and Loretta are distant in time and space, memories of visiting their studio was always an exciting experience. Good luck.Lawrence Smelser

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