Parents returning to their hometown now take their children to Otowi Station Bookstore to
purchase postcards of aerial views of Los Alamos, the Valle Grande, and surrounding mesas
taken by award-winning photographer Dan Elliott.
Dan and Marcelle Elliott arrived in Los Alamos in August 1949 and raised their five children,
Joanne, Barbara, Jeanne, Carol, and Brian on the Hill. In 1955, Dan purchased a photo shop
and for thirty years he photographed the Los Alamos High School graduates as they received
their diplomas. He also captured the wedding days of countless brides as well as historical
events, including President Kennedy's visit. Active in the Los Alamos Education Group, Dan
developed a historical display for the Bradbury Science Museum and helped create a site at
Ashley Pond which commemorates those who worked at the Manhattan Project.
In the early 1950s, Dan traveled to Eniwetok to photograph the Greenhouse, Ivy, and Castle
tests. His 'Ranger Fox' photo hung in President Truman's White House and appeared in U.S.
News & World Report.
Additional biographical material can be found in the Los Alamos Monitor of September 12, 2004.
Written by Karen Nilsson Brandt, copyright ©