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C.J. and Pete Allman

C.J. and the "Hitman" Thomas Hearns

by Pete Allman

CJ Cansler one of America's beloved photographer's was known throughout the world for his precise photography; capturing some of the greatest moments in boxing, various sporting events and celebrity events. He was a professor of photography at the Clark County Community College and was hailed as the most innovative instructor in photography classes.

Mr. Cansler photographed such notables as Bruce Willis, Demi Moore, Wesley Snipes, Eddie Murphy, Dennis Rodman, Petey Pablo, Snoop Dogg, Destiny Child, Anthony Quinn, George Wallace and hundreds of sporting and celebrity events. On, Tuesday November 21st, 2006 this reporter received a phone call from Dr. Kathleen Cansler informing me of her husband's death. I t was not only a shocking realization that my dear friend was no longer going to be around but that many people who relied on his advice and photos would be at a loss.

News outlets such as Las Vegas Tribune, Las Vegas Sentinel, Los Angeles Sentinel, Xclusive Magazine, Urban Avenue Magazine, among numerous others, boxing sites such as,,, along with, used Mr. Cansler photos every week.
CJ brought out the magic in everyone he photographed. "He was inspirational, humble and taught us so much", said Vanessa McConnell a close associate and friend. Most importantly CJ Cansler was a friend to everyone and to me he was my best friend.
He always watched my back in life and gave me tough love on how to be successful as a human being and a journalist.
He most assuredly will be missed, but his spirit and photography will live on.
CJ Cansler is survived by his wife Dr. Kathleen Cansler and daughter Ali.

Pete and C.J. with award from CSN

C.J. in a jet fighter