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Photography workshop offers glimpse of vanished world of legendary Vulture Mine

March 06, 2007

Arizona State University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute takes Sun City Grand residents on the ultimate field trip for shutter bugs: a visit to legendary Vulture Mine with an Arizona Highways freelance photographer. On Tuesday, March 20, ASU’s lifelong learning program presents, “Photography: Vulture Mine Ghost Town,” at the Chaparral Center, 19745 N. Remington Drive, Surprise, Ariz.

During the three-session course, Gary Johnson, an ASU faculty associate and photography expert, will discuss the history of Vulture Mine, demonstrate how to take photographs on location, and will then travel with participants to the once thriving 19th century gold mine, located 14 northwest of Wickenburg, Ariz.

“Vulture Mine is one of the last true ghost towns that is accessible to the average person,” said Johnson. “The Vulture Mine site is complete with numerous territorial period ruins, dilapidated buildings, artifacts and cacti. This workshop offers Sun City Grand residents the opportunity to get out of the city and photograph the true West.”

Johnson teaches traditional black and white darkroom printing, photography, and photojournalism for ASU’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the West campus. He works in digital and large format film and has worked as a freelance photographer for Arizona Highways magazine, Phoenix magazine, and many other publications.

The photography workshop is one of more than 85 classes and lectures being offered in the Sun City communities this spring.  For registration and class information, call the local ASU Lifelong Learning office—Sun City Grand (623) 546-7429 — or visit online

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at ASU provides stimulating, university-quality learning experiences for older adults with a wide variety of educational backgrounds and interests who are interested in learning for the joy of learning. Noncredit short courses, lectures, travel opportunities and workshops taught by ASU faculty, emeritus faculty and talented community volunteers are offered at ASU campuses and community sites throughout the Phoenix metro area.