Nauvoo , Illinois

Gordon B. Hinckley

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Gordon B. Hinckley, leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, passed away Sunday. He was seen by millions of Mormons as a prophet, whose words were wise, divinely-inspired council to be followed.

I’m reminded of a day ten years ago in Zimbabwe. Peggy Stack and I were following Hinckley across Africa. I was standing on an airstrip weighed down with four cameras and a ragged crew cut. Hinckley took a long look at me and said, “You’d be much happier if you’d put those cameras away.”

Now that he’s gone I’ll never be able to ask: Was that a prophecy, or just a joke?

Salt Lake City , Utah

Remembering Vanessa

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Salt Lake City – The family of Trolley Square victim Vanessa Quinn embrace each other at the site of a tree planted in Quinn’s name in Memory Grove, on Tuesday, January 29, 2008. Left to right: Ken Antrobus (father), Sue Antrobus (mother), Stacy Lesch (aunt), and Jen Campbell (sister).

This was a unique moment to witness. The Antrobus family had traveled to Utah for a briefing on the Trolley Square Massacre Report, which law enforcement released today. We had an early scoop on the story and were waiting outside the meeting for any comment the families might want to give. The Antrobus family were headed to Memory Grove, where a tree was previously planted in Vanessa’s name, and they allowed me to follow along.

Seeing the tree, Sue Antrobus asked jokingly, “Is it too little for me to carve my initials into?”

Walking back to our cars, I talked with Ken Atrobus (Quinn’s father). He said, “We got handed a life sentence. I cry every day.”

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Park City , Utah

Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony

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Park City – Lisa F. Jackson (above) gets emotional accepting the Special Jury Prize: Documentary for her film, The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo at the Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony, Saturday, January 26, 2008.

I’m pleased to announce I got the very last media credential issued for this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The festival ended just hours after my photo had been taken and pasted to a credential hanging from an Entertainment Weekly lanyard. It was a cool distinction for me and I was glad that my sole Sundance assignment involved artists rather than celebrities. I got to photograph the festival-ending awards ceremony, where you sit in a chair for an hour and hear about dozens of amazing films that you have to wait a year or so to see.

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Park City – Director Quentin Tarantino announces the film Frozen River as the winner of the Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic.

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Park City – Director Marina Zenovich (right), hugs juror Annie Sundberg while accepting the Documentary Editing Award for Joe Bini and the film Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired.

Salt Lake City , Utah

DV8 Burns

Salt Lake City – The downtown Arrow Press Square building that housed the DV8 nightclub caught fire, Wednesday, January 23, 2008.
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