Rod Hanna has been a professional photographer for almost 50 years. He started his photography at the Davenport (IA) Times-Democrat in 1962. During the late 60's and early 70's, he was an advertising and sports photographer in the Kansas City area, including being the official photographer for the Kansas City Chiefs. In 1975, he moved to Steamboat Springs and began a 25-year career marketing the Steamboat Ski Resort--announcing his retirement from the company in 2000. Continuing to be active as a photographer over the years---including ten years as official photographer for the Denver Broncos, his interest turned to travel and fine art photography. During this time, he began to show his work in art shows and galleries as time allowed from his business career.
Since the mid 1990's, he has been working with digital fine art prints. His images start with digital photographic images he has made or scanned from film and then imported into a Macintosh computer, then digitally processed with the use of software tools, layers, and filters---the digital equivalent of the darkroom. Finally, they are rendered on Hahnemuhle etching paper with pigment inks using a state-of-the-art digital printer. Lately he is also printing on an archival metallic paper, which has amazing saturation and luminance. His work has appeared in numerous art shows and exhibitions, including the Opening Exhibition at the Steamboat Art Museum. He is currently represented by Wild Horse Gallery in downtown Steamboat Springs.
Over the years, Rod's photographs have appeared in virtually every major magazine in the United States---including Sports Illustrated, People, National Geographic, Time, Newsweek, and Travel & Leisure. His photographs of games in the National Football League have appeared in numerous books published by the NFL, and in the DVD "America's Game---the Super Bowl Champions" about the 1970 Kansas City Chiefs.
His first individual book---a compilation of over 30 years of photography of Northwest Colorado---was published in November, 2007. "Seasons of Light---Impressions of Steamboat Springs and the Yampa Valley," is a 192-page hard cover book with a foreword by Verne Lundquist and text by Tom Ross. In 2010, he published a 220-page hard cover book, "Seasons of Gold," of his photographs portraying the glory of fall colors on Colorado's Western Slope. His photography is the subject of the 2012 summer exhibit at the Steamboat Art Museum---A 50-Year Photography Retrospective.