Member Ken Papaleo Dies

Ken Papleo giving a presentation during RMOWP’s conference in Ouray, CO. © Diane McKinley

Award-winning photojournalist Ken Papaleo of Evergreen, Colorado, died last month of cancer at the age of 73. A member of RMOWP since 2009, Papaleo was a photographer for the Rocky Mountain News in Denver for 28 years, helping the newspaper win two Pulitzer prizes for photojournalism.

After the newspaper ceased publication 11 years ago, Papaleo started a photography blog and concentrated on shooting landscapes, often hand-painting color on black-and-white images. He won numerous awards in the RMOWP annual photography contest, and gave a presentation at the 2015 RMOWP conference in Ouray, Colorado, “The Evolution of a Professional Photographer,” showing us his work from his early days through his more recent hand-tinted landscapes.  Survivors include Papaleo’s wife, Pam, and three children, Jordan, Kelley, and Jamie.