Inside Art Series: Los Alamos Photographer Ken Hanson

Los Alamos photographer Ken Hanson in 2009 in Alaska. Courtesy photo


The Inside Arts series of the Los Alamos Museum of Art will feature local photographer Ken Hanson in an interview that airs 8:30 p.m. today, 4 p.m. Tuesday and 8 p.m. Thursday on PAC 8.

Hanson is one of those talented Los Alamos National Laboratory physicists who also is a talented artist. Upon retiring from a career in image analysis, Hanson began a second career in image analysis of a different kind: photography. He expanded what had been an ongoing hobby into more of a full-time pursuit.

Hanson said he upgraded his camera equipment, embarked on various photo field trips and found he had a passion for wildlife photography. He said he discovered that he was suited to the intensity, skill and patience necessary in photographing wildlife and became adept in capturing the essence of his subjects. Birds, bears, deer and coyotes have all been caught through his lens.

Another fun photography endeavor, Hanson said, is taking pictures of people at professional conferences.

“There is remarkable similarity to wildlife photography invoking the same skills and strategies,” he said.

Landscapes also fall into his purview, Hanson said.

He invested in a state-of-the-art printer and taught himself about the best print papers available. His prints and cards may be found at the Fuller Lodge Art Center.

Inside Arts airs weekly on PAC 8. The schedule is 8:30 p.m. Sundays, 4 p.m. Tuesdays and 8 p.m. Thursdays. For more information, contact Jean Gindreau at PAC 8 at 505.662.7228 or or Ruth Tatter at LAMOA at 505.662.5496 or at