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Famed photographer receives honor for work with cultural, artistic life

RED WING -- Former Daily Globe photographer Jim Brandenburg, now of Ely, has been named the 2008 recipient of the A.P. Anderson Award, an honor presented annually by the Anderson Center of Interdisciplinary Studies to recognize significant contributions to the cultural and artistic life of Minnesota. The invitation-only awards program will be Friday at the Anderson Center in Red Wing.

Born and raised on the farms and prairies of southwestern Minnesota, Brandenburg has been internationally recognized for his work in using photography as a means to raise global awareness of the environment.

His photographs have appeared in numerous British and American television features, dozens of National Geographic books, and in hundreds of national and international journals -- including The New York Times, Life, Newsweek and National Geographic Magazine, where he has been a contracted and freelance photographer since 1978.

In 1980, Brandenburg was the first photographer to be commissioned by the U.S. Postal Service to photograph and design a set of 10 wildlife stamps. These stamps were part of the exhibition, "Graphic Design in America," which toured the United States and England.

Over the course of his career, Brandenburg has received a multitude of prestigious honors. In 1981 and 1983, he was named the Magazine Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographer's Association for his National Geographic magazine work, and in 1988, he was named Kodak Wildlife Photographer of the Year by the British Museum of Natural History.

In 1991, Brandenburg was awarded the United Nations' Global 500 Environmental World Achievement Award. Other honors include a 2001 Nikon Legend Behind the Lens Award and the 2002 Hasselblad Master Award.

Past recipients of the A.P. Anderson Award include potter Warren MacKenzie; ballet dancer and choreographer Lise Houlton; conductor, choral scholar and performer Philip Brunelle; children's author and illustrator Betsy Bowen; poet and writer Patricia Hampl; sculptor and public artist Siah Armajani; composer Libby Larsen; artistic director of the Guthrie Theater Joe Dowling; and co-founders of the Fifties Press Robert Bly and William Duffy.