James Swensen spoke before a large group at the Robber’s Roost on Saturday September 1, 2012.

Swenson is an assistant professor of art history and the history of photography at BYU. Swensen traced the history of photography in Capitol Reef National Park beginning with early explorers such as Fremont’s expedition.

Swensen used a multimedia presentation to share the history of photographing Capitol Reef National Park. He focused on both well known photographers such as Ansel Adams as well as lesser known photographers.

Swensen spoke with many of the audience members after the presentation. He highlighted the photographic work of Stephen Trimble during this presentation. They talked after the presentation. Neal and Judy Busk spoke with Dava McGahee after the presentation. Neal’s grandfather E.P. Pectol was featured during Swensen’s presentation.