What if you had a photographic record of every day you’d spent in Summit County? Mark Fox virtually does. Summit’s unofficial official photographer has permanently recorded almost every day here since first taking aim for the Summit Daily in 1989. With tens of thousands of digital shots on his computer and tens of thousands more in negative form, Fox’s photo collection could hold your attention for the next twenty years.
With this winter’s release of Colorado’s High Country: A Photojournalistic Collection, though, Fox has pared his library to just over 300 of his favorite photos—he says he remembers the moment he shot each one—to make it easier to peruse his best work from Summit County and beyond (he spent two years in Aspen). The compendium is more than a coffee-table prop: it’s a window into the soul of Summit County as it’s evolved—or not—during the lion’s share of its most explosive growth years. It’s the photo album you were too busy enjoying yourself to shoot, conjuring memories you probably forgot you had. Look for it at Next Page Bookstore in Frisco and other local stores.