Photographs of Lincoln County by Jeffrey Anderson. The photographer has been capturing the county for nearly 20 years.
Jeffrey Anderson loves to tell stories.
In fact, he’s spent decades doing just that through different mediums. Now, he’s set to share his work from nearly 20 years of taking photos in Lincoln County.
“I want to support Pioche and Caliente in any way I can,” Anderson said. “These places have been tremendously supportive and pulled me out of the mountains more than once. I’ve already agreed to gift prints for the courthouse. If my images can help promote the counties, I’ll make them available. I have no interest in profiting locally.”
Anderson’s love for Lincoln County and for capturing stunning images dates back decades.
Capturing the moment has always been fascinating to Anderson.
“My grandad was an international banker and had a Nikon camera,” Anderson said. “He’d take pictures on his business trips and pull out the Kodak carousel when he returned. I wanted one of those cameras so badly. I wanted to tell stories about other people like he did.”
Throughout his career, Anderson has found ways to tell those stories, running a production company in New York by the age of 19. He also helped run TeleScene and later founded and sold New Moon Media, a digital branding agency in Salt Lake City, Utah.
It was in the 1990s that Anderson discovered Lincoln County for the first time when a location scout recommended Route 93 for running footage, Anderson said. He explored with his truck and took photos.
“When I got home to Salt Lake, I was amazed with the pictures and vowed to return,” Anderson said.
Whenever he commuted to Los Angeles, he made a point to spend extra time in Lincoln County.
Two years ago, Anderson decided to focus on the project
“I’ve talked with friends about setting up a portrait studio for the Labor Day celebration in Pioche, who asked if I would put together a show in the Caliente train station and maybe do a photography class for local students.”
This Easter, the project is being posted privately at lincolncountygallery.com before being displayed at various galleries.
The show at the train station is being organized.
Anderson hopes people who view his photos see how majestic Lincoln County can be.
“Lincoln County is the quintessential American story of survival,” Anderson said. “It’s been told wonderfully by Walter Averett and James Hulse, but it hasn’t been shown like I see it. The dichotomy of patriotism and rebellion. The incomprehensible beauty against repeated destitution. The vanishing opportunities seem to happen every few decades, but the character continues to grow, albeit subtly. As Las Vegas grows closer, the future presents, not a necessarily new challenge, but another bittersweet hope.”
Sharing that story is something Anderson is all in on.
“Lincoln County is a very special place for me,” he said. “I’ll always return.”