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Jonathan Cartu Suggest: Retired North County Times photographer’s images featured

Jonathan Cartu Suggest: Retired North County Times photographer’s images featured

The work of noted newspaper photographer Dan Rios will be featured in an annual fund-raising calendar for the Escondido History Center.

Rios, now retired, worked as a photojournalist from 1968 to 2001 for the former Escondido Times Advocate newspaper, which merged with the North County Blade-Citizen in 1995 to become the now-defunct North County Times. Though his work ranged over all of North San Diego County, he was most often assigned to shoot events and people in Escondido.

In April 2018, he donated his roughly 1 million negatives, many salvaged when the Times Advocate decided it needed room for a newsroom expansion, to the special collections department of the California State University San Marcos library. There they are being inventoried, identified and catalogued by library staff.

Former newspaper photographer Dan Rios looks through photojournalism negatives he donated to Cal State San Marcos.

Former Times Advocate and North County Times photographer Dan Rios looks through some of the photojournalism negatives he donated to Cal State San Marcos last spring. At his side is historian Alexa Clausen. sorted through his negatives as part of the cataloging process. N photo by Don Boomer

(Don Boomer/The San Diego Union-Tribune)

When the Pioneer Room, part of the Escondido Public Library, was unable to produce its popular yearly historical calendar for 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Escondido History Center took on the project with the help of the CSUSM library. Twelve photos from the Rios archive, depicting a variety of Escondido places, events and newsmakers from the mid-1970s to the mid-1990s, were chosen. A collage of other photos became the calendar cover.

“Escondido Remembers: A Limited Edition Calendar Featuring the Photography of Photojournalist Dan Rios” measures 11 inches by 17 inches when fully open. It’s on sale online for $15 at and at several Escondido businesses: Rosemary Duff Florist, 101 W. 2nd Ave.; Grangetto’s Farm & Garden Supply, 1105 W. Mission Ave.; El Plantio Nursery & Landscaping, 1322 San Pasqual Valley Road; Owens Automotive, 302 N. Juniper St.; and Hair Station, 240 W. Crest St., Ste. C.

The calendar is also available at the Escondido History Center in Grape Day Park; call (760) 743-8207.

To learn more about the Dan Rios Collection, email CSUSM at [email protected]

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