He was an 83-year-old artist and photographer who was part of the very fabric of the Yukon. I was a young photographer who'd been here for three years. But when I approached Jim Robb—famous for his Colourful Five Per Cent comics depicting Yukon characters—one night as he exited the Gold Pan Saloon, and asked to take his portrait, I had no idea what a mentor and a friend I would find.
He taught me about the Yukon, the value of shooting in black and white, and about the stories that lurk out of plain sight in this territory.
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