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theBreaker.news Podcast: People, animals and scenes the keys to photojournalist Ralph Bower’s enduring images

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On this edition of theBreaker.news Podcast, more than a thousand words with the North Vancouver photojournalist who captured some of the greatest British Columbia pictures of the 20th century. 

Ralph Bower spent four decades with the Vancouver Sun, which published 4,000 of his images. He shot the Queen, the Pope, Muhammad Ali, Elvis, the Beatles, Mick Jagger, Terry Fox… even a waterskiing squirrel! He also shot some of the city’s biggest crime, social unrest and disaster photos, from the aftermath of the deadly Second Narrows Bridge collapse in 1958 to a dramatic hostage-taking of a baby at knife point. The latter earned him the National Newspaper Award for top photo of 1985. 

A selection of Bower’s best is on display until July 3 at North Vancouver City Hall. That is where Bob Mackin caught up with Bower, who talked about his career and the state of photojournalism. 

Listen to the feature interview with Bower on this edition of theBreaker.news Podcast. Also: commentaries and headlines from around the Pacific Rim and Pacific Northwest. 

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