Parting friends, Navajo men, The Pennington Studio, Durango, Colorado
Published in The Denver Post, January 30, 1974.
Overview: William Pennington and Lisle Updike formed their business partnership about 1908 and opened a portrait studio in Durango, Colorado.
These pictures, bearing the stamp of their studio, were recently discovered in a long forgotten file of the Denver Post library.
The two young photographers supported themselves with their portrait business, but satisfied their artistic urges by traveling around the Four Corners area in a wagon taking pictures such as the ones appearing on this page.
“There was no money in taking pictures of Indians,” Updike, 84, said from his winter home in Phoenix, Arizona. His sons and grandsons now operate a chain of Updike studios in Utah and Arizona.
Pennington was 34 and Updike was 19 when they first started working together. They first met in Texas where they photographed portraits at studios ion different towns. Their partnership continued off and on until about 1920, Updike said. They were together again during the 1930s when Pennington died.
Most of the pictures shown here were taken from about 1915 into the 1920s, Updike said.