Lundahl’s new book, Telluride: The Outlaw Spirit of a Colorado Town, comes out Labor Day weekend. A photographic retrospective of the energy surrounding Telluride, especially the outlaw years of the late 1970s and1980s, up to the present day, includes images from the Telluride Bluegrass, Telluride Jazz, Telluride Blues and Brews and Telluride Film festivals, and many local events reflecting Telluride’s outlaw spirit.
Combining elements of art and history, Telluride and its creative denizens are captured here. In addition to the antics of the locals portrayed in the book’s pages, there are also gorgeous photos depicting Telluride’s natural beauty. The book features over 500 black and white and color photos from Lundahl’s catalogue.
A late 1977 visit to Telluride ensured she would put down roots. “The outlaw spirit was the first thing I noticed when I walked into the Sheridan Bar in 1977 on Christmas Eve,” Lundahl said. “It was palpable.”
Her photography career began soon after she made Telluride her home. A series of makeshift darkrooms culminated in her darkroom/office at the top of the stairs in the Nugget Building. On film, she captured the many stars and musicians who have graced the mountain town, in addition to images of its dazzling beauty. A congenital chronicler, she couldn’t help but capture all sorts of madness that happened before the town was discovered … nude skiing, ski sacrifices, pig roasts, zany local performances, and much more, shooting roll upon roll of film, more often than not for fun, not pay. The result is this remarkable, fun history book.