New Mexico boasts a rich legacy of photography. For decades, artists the likes of Ansel Adams and Edward Weston have captured the light and mystique of the desert landscape on film, while dozens of acclaimed photographers have participated in the renowned photography program at the University of New Mexico. This lavishly produced book showcases the work of 25 contemporary photographers who have strong ties to New Mexico. Noted photographer Thomas Barrow, the book’s curator, has chosen 200 remarkable images, including the provocative portraits of Joel-Peter Witkin, the theatrical dioramas of Patrick Nagatani, the mixed-media innovations of Betty Hahn and Holly Roberts, the luminous silver landscapes of Paul Caponigro, and the cultural explorations of Miguel Gandert and Delilah Montoya. By turns spectacular, subtle, and challenging, these images represent the state of photography, both in New Mexico and in the art world today.
Arts writer Kristin Barendsen profiles each photographer and their work, illuminating their distinctive approaches to technique and content.
Stuart Ashman was the president and CEO of the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA). He is the former curator and director for the New Mexico Museum of Art and the former Secretary of Cultural Affairs for the state of New Mexico. Ashman places the artists in context with historical figures such as Minor White and Eliot Porter. Thomas Barrow discusses how he chose the photographs and what gives New Mexico its unique status in American photography.
Thomas F. Barrow was professor emeritus at the University of New Mexico, having taught photography there for 29 years. He has served as assistant director of the George Eastman House and director of the UNM Art Museum. His work is in the permanent collections of the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona in Tucson, the George Eastman House, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Kristin Barendsen is an arts critic and travel writer living in Santa Fe. Her stories and photographs have appeared in dozens of international magazines and newspapers, including THE magazine, Yoga Journal, Tricycle, The Denver Post, The Prague Post, and The Sydney Morning Herald.
Size: 11.375 x 11.375 in.
Plates: 218 color and halftone photographs