One NCAA photographer’s final, Final Four

Rich Clarkson on photographing his 60th NCAA Basketball Final Four


Official NCAA photographer Rich Clarkson has photographed the Final Four for 60 years straight. He will have a courtside seat in Indianapolis just one more time.


By TOM KENSLER, The Denver Post

Longtime Denver resident Rich Clarkson, the renowned sports photographer, has received so many awards and honors that a wall in his den can’t possibly accommodate them all.

But, initially at least, he found it a bit odd to receive a phone call from a writers organization. Clarkson, 82, will be honored by the United States Basketball Writers Association during a Monday luncheon in Indianapolis before the men’s college basketball national championship game.

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The University of Kansas dedicates the Richard C. Clarkson Multimedia Gallery at Stauffer-Flint Hall

A Fitting Tribute


Woe be it for the photographer that came back to the Topeka Capital-Journal photography department with images of a ribbon cutting seared by light into the emulsion of a roll of Tri-X film. Back in the day, when the Topeka paper set the standard for newspaper photojournalism, the demanding leader of the department, Rich Clarkson, carved important catch phrases into our minds. …

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Clarkson KU

Rich Clarkson received assistance from University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, left, and Ann Brill, dean of the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications during the ribbon cutting at Stauffer-Flint Hall, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kans., on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012. Only Clarkson’s former photographers would appreciate the look on his face when those big scissors failed to make the cut.

— Photograph by J.B. FORBES

Former Topeka Capital-Journal photographers Jim Forbes, Jack Kenward, Rod Hanna, Rich Clarkson, Bill Snead, Jim Richardson, Dave Peterson and Jeff Jacobsen during the Richard C. Clarkson Multimedia Gallery dedication festivities at Stauffer-Flint Hall, the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kans., on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.

— Photograph by LAURA JACOBSEN



The Photo Society

In a continuation of my conversations with former National Geographic Directors of Photography, I have asked Richard Clarkson to share his experiences at the helm of the photography department.

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Rich Clarkson and Jeff Jacobsen were together this weekend in New Orleans to photograph the NCAA Final Four tournament. This was Clarkson’s 57th Final Four and Jeff Jacobsen’s tenth.

Clarkson, “the legendary Final Four photographer,” was featured in a “CBS This Morning” profile.

The Jayhawks lost to the Wildcast in the championship game,67-59.

— Photograph by LAURA JACOBSEN


Congressional Record
112th Congress (2011-2012)

Speech of Hon. Peter A. Defazio of Oregon
in The House of Representatives on Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Mr. DeFAZIO. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to remember the life and legacy of Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Brian Lanker. Ten days after being diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer, Brian passed away with his family at his side.

Brian was a remarkable photographer and an even better friend. In 1970, Brian shot a groundbreaking feature on the Lamaze technique for natural child birth, which at the time was unusual. Brian followed expectant mother Lynda Coburn through the birth of her second child. The feature culminated with a powerful photo of the ecstatic mother with her newborn daughter Jacki just after birth. This iconic photo earned Brian the 1973 Pulitzer Prize.



Hundreds gather to remember a friend and photojournalist

The Register-Guard

McDonald Theater

Family and friends gathered to celebrate the life of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Brian Lanker on Sunday at McDonald Theater.

A few hundred of Brian Lanker’s closest friends said a final goodbye Sunday afternoon in a memorial at Eugene’s McDonald Theatre with slideshows, videos, speeches and even a mariachi band.

Lanker, a nationally known Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, died at his Eugene home March 13 at the age of 63 from fast-moving pancreatic cancer.

“I am the only member of Congress to have a Pulitzer Prize-­winning photographer do his Christmas cards,” said a choked-up Rep. Peter DeFazio, a longtime friend. DeFazio went on to tell the story of Lanker’s delivering him a Christmas tree one bleak December when the congressman had mentioned he was too busy doing the work of government to decorate his Springfield home.



Maya Angelou on Brian Lanker

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Friends and family came together to share their stories and love

Rich Brooks

Former University of Oregon Athletic Director and head football coach Rich Brooks spoke of his longtime professional and personal relationship with Brian Lanker.

AUDIO: What a few folks had to say …

Rich Brooks



Celebrating the union of arts and athletics

Rich Clarkson shares a moment with U.S. Olympian Jon Anderson, University of Oregon Director of Track and Field Vin Lananna and Chris Steppig during the reception for the “Track Town, USA” exhibition at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Eugene, Ore. The show features photographs by Clarkson, Brian Lanker, The Register-Guard and the University of Oregon. The exhibition is on display until August 28.

— Photograph by ROB DENTON

AUDIO: Opening remarks by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art’s Executive Director Jill Hartz, University of Oregon President Richard Lariviere and Rich Clarkson