The former Register-Guard staff member is remembered for his images, his leadership and his vision

The Register-Guard

Brian Lanker, photographed at his studio in Eugene in 1989 with his portrait of Rosa Parks.

A handful of former Register- Guard reporters and editors have gone on to win a Pulitzer Prize after leaving the newspaper. But only one former staff member in the paper’s 144-year history made The R-G his next stop after winning journalism’s most prestigious honor: Brian Lanker.

Lanker, the newspaper’s director of graphics from 1974 to 1982, died Sunday at his home in Eugene after a brief bout with pancreatic cancer. He was 63.

After leaving the newspaper, he became a nationally renowned photojournalist whose portraits graced the likes of Life and Sports Illustrated magazines, and book projects such as “I Dream a World: Portraits of Black Women Who Changed America,” and the more recent “Track Town, USA.”

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— Photograph by PAUL CARTER

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