One of Bob Krueger’s earliest photographic assignments was shooting the annual Aspen jazz festival in the Hotel Jerome. He recalls being far more interested in photographing the musicians than the Denver socialites the newspaper was interested in.
Krueger started photographing for local publications like the now defunct Aspen Illustrated News, Mountain Gazette, Ski Racing, and the infamous Aspen Wallposter. Over time he started doing articles for national publications on such varied subjects as the wheat harvest, wild horse roundups, forest fires, traditional American music, and truck drivers.
During the political re-awakening of Aspen in the 1960s, amidst the love- ins, hippie trials, and anti-Vietnam War rallies, somehow Hunter Thompson talked Joe Edwards into running for mayor, and as an ongoing part of that adventure, Thompson decided to run for sheriff himself in 1970. Krueger feels lucky to have been there to record it.
Krueger had started to build and help run the Center of the Eye photography school in the basement of the Hotel Jerome in 1969. Thompson’s campaign headquarters was upstairs in Parlor B, with the J-Bar conveniently in between. As election day approached, a BBC camera crew, half the Center of the Eye photography students, and Krueger began to document the election.
The following year Krueger began work on a book on truck drivers, Gypsy on 18 Wheels. Every few years he would wind up shooting a new portrait of the makeup of the then Pitkin County Sheriff’s Department.
Some of these images, and more, can be found on Krueger’s website, bobkrueger.zenfolio.com.