Cultural Bytes: A Glimpse of Local Photographic Events

- October 14, 2011

"...a feast of photography..."

Santa Fe Photographic Workshops continues its weekly Instructor Image Presentations next Wednesday, October 19. The series, which runs each Wednesday evening, is held fireside in the historic Sunmount Room on The Workshops’ campus, from 8 to 9 p.m.

Instructors scheduled to present are as follows:

Wednesday October 19 – Douglas Merriam, Michael Crouser, Francesca Yorke, and Mark Edward Harris

Wednesday October 26 – Michael O’Brien, Embry Rucker, Rick Allred, and David Halpern

These are wonderful, intimate encounters with some of the world’s best photographers and all events are free and open to the public.

The schedule is also available online:

Three New Mexico Photographers at New Mexico Museum of Art

New Mexico photographers Michael Berman, David Taylor and Connie Samaras will be featured in an exhibition of their work at the New Mexico Museum of Art entitled Past, Present, Future – Three New Mexico Photographers, opening October 28 and running through April 22, 2012.

Each of the three photographers in this exhibition presents us with a desert landscape that is simultaneously of the present, reflecting the past and hinting at the future.

Berman’s work focuses on the years he has spent photographing the Chihuahuan Desert grasslands, an area that includes portions of New Mexico, Texas and Northern Mexico. Having studied biology, Berman’s images reveal the rugged beauty of the land, but also the evolution of that eco-system.

Taylor’s large-scale color photographs are from an ongoing project to locate and document all 276 of the monuments that delineate the international border between the United State and Mexico.

Samaras documents the building of Spaceport America in southern New Mexico. Her pictures reveal the history of the land and speculation about the future.

All three photographers bring into focus a landscape that exists within a frame that that is biological, political and hypothetical.

Berman and Taylor are both Guggenheim Foundation Fellows, and Samaras is a professor at the University of California, Irvine.

Image: David Taylor, Border Monument 5, N 31º 47.033’ W 106º 44.500’, 2008