Obscura Gallery Facilitates 2nd Annual Photojournalism grant by Manuello Paganelli to Diné photographer Shayla Blatchford

 

Obscura Gallery is proud to have facilitated the 2nd Annual grant between one of our Obscura Gallery represented artists, Manuello Paganelli, and grantee Shayla Blatchford, a young Diné Documentary photographer based in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Fact Sheet - Northern Abandoned Uranium Mine (AUM) Region.
Fact Sheet – Northern Abandoned Uranium Mine (AUM) Region.

 

The small grant contributes to Blatchford’s ongoing Anti-Uranium Mapping Project which is documenting stories by those impacted by uranium mining along with the 500 abandoned uranium mines on the Navajo Nation and from when nearly 30 million tons of uranium ore were extracted from Navajo lands between 1944 and 1986.

 

SHAYLA BLATCHFORD, Radiation sign at Ambrosia Lake uranium mining area, New Mexico
SHAYLA BLATCHFORD, Radiation sign at Ambrosia Lake uranium mining area, New Mexico

 

The destructive impact from mining toxic resources like uranium and coal has endangered the Reservation’s natural resources, and gravely impacted the people who lived and live here. Blatchford wants to bring awareness to the ongoing environmental catastrophe created by poorly run government projects and unchecked corporations, and to advocate for and preserve her Native heritage.

 

SHAYLA BLATCHFORD, Looking down from the mesa where relatives once lived before the McKinley Coal Mine relocated residents in the early 70’s in Tse Bonito, Arizona.
SHAYLA BLATCHFORD, Looking down from the mesa where relatives once lived before the McKinley Coal Mine relocated residents in the early 70’s in Tse Bonito, Arizona.

 

This interactive photo documentary map is very personal to me. It holds the story of my heritage and the stories of my own family facing the impacts of living near a coal mine. Ultimately, this project serves as historical documentation of the uranium mining era, from a Native perspective. – Shayla Blatchford

 

SHAYLA BLATCHFORD, DeWayne Johnson, Program Manager at Navajo Uranium Worker’s Program at Diné College in Shiprock, NM.
SHAYLA BLATCHFORD, DeWayne Johnson, Program Manager at Navajo Uranium Worker’s Program at Diné College in Shiprock, NM.

 

Growing up in Long Beach, California, Shayla had little exposure to her Native heritage; this sparked a curiosity that continues to propel her work today. Her mother’s genealogical investigation was a launching pad that started her journey to establish a connection with her ancestors and their ways of life. Often we don’t know how to share our stories. It can be difficult to take a vision from paper to finished project. Shayla has the ability to help people tell their stories, cultural or commercial, and sees providing that service as a way to share instances of beauty with the world. Photography is about capturing moments. It is about seeing the smallness in the bigness of the world. She wants to subtly craft these moments into art while allowing the images to speak with their voice and not her own.

 

SHAYLA BLATCHFORD, The road up to the Lukachukai Mountains where 24 of the 32 abandoned uranium mines are not covered by the Kerr-McGee Corporation/Tronox cleanup settlement in Cove, Arizona.
SHAYLA BLATCHFORD, The road up to the Lukachukai Mountains where 24 of the 32 abandoned uranium mines are not covered by the Kerr-McGee Corporation/Tronox cleanup settlement in Cove, Arizona.

 

While earning her BFA from Santa Fe University of Art & Design, Shayla’s primary focus was social documentary and photojournalism. Recently, her practice expanded to commercial photography for luxury product space Santa Fe Dry Goods, and fine art product photography for form & concept gallery, where she served as in-house photographer and creative director. Today, Shayla balances her time between freelance photography, ranging from portraiture to architectural and interior design photography, and her ongoing, major photo and storytelling series, The Anti-Uranium Mapping Project.

Donations directly help bring this project to life by covering costs for audio equipment and travel while in the field. If others want to contribute to Blatchford’s project, she has a Patreon page here in which to donate: https://www.patreon.com/shaylablatchford

 

SHAYLA BLATCHFORD, Jennie Yazzie walks down the old road from her childhood home that was covered in mounds of gravel by the McKinley Coal Mine in order to prevent her family from returning to their land in Tse Bonito, Arizona.
SHAYLA BLATCHFORD, Jennie Yazzie walks down the old road from her childhood home that was covered in mounds of gravel by the McKinley Coal Mine in order to prevent her family from returning to their land in Tse Bonito, Arizona.

 

About the Grantor:

Manuello Paganelli offers a small photojournalism grant each year to a deserving individual and for the second year in a row, he wanted to focus on giving the grant to a young Native American photojournalist based in New Mexico. In addition to the monetary grant, Paganelli and Obscura Gallery offer the grantees feedback and review of their portfolio as well as advising on the project. Last year in our grantee research we discovered Shayla Blatchford’s work and for this year’s grant we introduced her work to Paganelli who found it equally important work. The 2020 grant was given to Sharon Chischilly last year for her photographic work on the Navajo reservation during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Manuello Paganelli of Italian-Cuban descent, grew up in Santo Domingo, Italy and Puerto Rico. After a mentorship with Ansel Adams, he worked as a photojournalist at the Chattanooga Times. In 1989, he began to explore Cuba, its land, its people, and its complex relationship with the USA. The work culminated into his first photo book, Cuba a Personal Journey 1989-2015 and was published in 2016. In 1995, he had his first solo photo show of this work on Cuba and that same year earned him a fellowship grant. The Washington Post wrote “Manuello Paganelli’s Cuban photographs are a brilliant window on a land and people too long hidden from North American eyes. Working in the tradition of Cartier-Bresson and Robert Frank, Paganelli brings an artist’s eyes and a native son’s sensibility to his superb photographs.” In the early 1990s, he started work on his Black Cowboys series with a selection being featured at the Annenberg Space for Photography. In the summer of 2012, this same series was selected for the Photo Vernissage at the Manage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. His award-winning work has graced the covers and pages of many well-known magazines including GQ, LIFE, Bloomberg Business Week, Forbes, Newsweek, Men’s Journal, People, Time, Reader’s Digest, ESPN, Sports Illustrated and many more. Since 1996 Paganelli has been working on a documenatry across the Americas capturing indigenous people and their cultures.

Read more about Manuello Paganelli and view his work here:
https://www.obscuragallery.net/artwork/artists/manuello-paganelli/

 

Obscura Gallery is thrilled to announce our first exhibition of 2022, “Invisible World,” by Obscura Gallery artist Nevada Wier. Using her own unique palette created from infrared photography, Nevada presents photographs from her global travels through the lens of her camera converted to only render infrared light. While based in Santa Fe, Nevada typically spends nearly 99% of the year traveling the world on assignment and leading workshops, specializing in documenting the various cultures of the world. She is recognized for her creative and intimate approach to photographing people. Grounded due to the global spread of COVID-19, Wier has remained at home during the pandemic probably more than ever in her working life. But she has used the occasion to dive into her years-long archive of inspiring infrared photographs, which form this exhibition. We are excited to present a selection of over twenty images at Obscura, making the invisible visible through Nevada’s use of infrared photography.

Our visual familiarity is limited to the colors of visible light. Beyond what our eyes can see is the iridescent world of the infrared (IR) spectrum. Twenty-four years ago, I began exploring the challenge of making the invisible visible: photographing remote places using the unusual, haunting light of infrared. These images explore my favorite subjects of different cultures and less frequented lands. The subjects may be recognizable, but they are transformed by infrared light – more than meets the eye. Nevada Wier

ZOOM WEBINAR WITH NEVADA WIER:

Saturday, January 29, 2022 @ 10:00am MST.

Nevada Wier will be in discussion with Jennifer Schlesinger, the Owner of Obscura Gallery, about her photographic exhibition, Invisible World, which is an exploration into making the invisible visible through the unusual and haunting light of infrared.

The online event takes place Saturday, January 29, 2022 at 10am MST.

DOWNLOAD THE FULL PRESS RELEASE HERE.

VIEW THE WORK IN THE EXHIBITION HERE.

Joyce Tenneson is one of eight 2021 honorees inducted into the International Photography Hall of Fame

2021 Hall of Fame Induction and Award Celebration
Virtual Ceremony Online
October 29, 2021, 6pm CST
This year, IPHF will host a virtual induction and awards ceremony.

OG artist Joyce Tenneson for being one of the eight honorees inducted into the International Photography Hall of Fame this year

Eight photographers and an iconic photographic institution will be honored this year:
Dawoud Bey, Fine Art Photographer
Larry Burrows, War Photojournalist
Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Fine Art Photographer
David Douglas Duncan, Photojournalist
Sally Mann, Fine Art Photographer
Pete Souza, Photojournalist, author,
and former Chief Official White House
Photographer for President Obama

Joyce Tenneson, Fine Art Photographer
Joel Sartore, Visionary Awards Winner
Professional Photographers of America,Leadership Award

 

Click here for more information.

Paul Caponigro is 2021 Honoree for Lucie Awards Achievement in Fine Art

THE LUCIE AWARDS

Portrait of Paul caponigro, honoree of 2021 Lucie Award for Achievement in Fine Art

We congratulate Obscura Gallery artist Paul Caponigro for being the 2021 Lucie Award Honoree for the Lifetime Achievement in Fine Art Award!

The Lucie Awards is the premiere annual event honoring the greatest achievements in photography. The photography community from around the globe pays tribute to the most outstanding people in the field. Each year, the Lucie Advisory Board nominates deserving individuals across a variety of categories. Once these nominations have been received, an honoree in each category is selected. The Lucie Awards is the signature program of Lucie Foundation.

The honorees are presented with the Lucie statue during a spectacular evening at the Lucie Awards gala ceremony in New York. This year the Lucie Awards is held online October 26th, 2021.

Click here for more information.

 

Paul Caponigro Polaroids 1960-1969, opening reception November 19, 2021 on view through January 15, 2022.

 

Obscura Gallery is honored to debut an exclusive gallery exhibition of vintage, one-of-a-kind Polaroid prints made during Paul’s tenure with the Polaroid Corporation in the 1960’s. In 1959, Ansel Adams introduced the Polaroid Corporation to Paul’s work and that following year Paul became a consultant to the company, testing out their Type 55 negative/positive film, and their Type 53 positive film on his 4 x 5 view camera using a Polaroid back. The 44 images in the exhibition were created in New England as well as Ireland and a majority of the prints in the exhibition were created on Polaroid Type 53, which does not produce a negative and creates a one-of-a-kind positive print. The project came to a close in 1969 with a selection of images created in Ireland, when that same year Paul began his Guggenheim fellowship photographing in that country. Other than exhibiting the work at the Polaroid Corporation and a couple of universities or non-profits this is the first extensive gallery exhibition of this unique work and Obscura Gallery feels privileged to be able to work directly with Paul in selling this collection, and all his photographs.

 

ZOOM WEBINAR WITH PAUL CAPONIGRO

Hear Paul Caponigro in discussion with Jennifer Schlesinger, the Owner of Obscura Gallery, about his tenure with the Polaroid Corporation in the 1960’s. Event took place Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 10am MST.

 

We have produced an exhibition catalogue which may be purchased here.

 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW ALL THE WORK IN THE EXHIBITION.

 

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FULL PRESS RELEASE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exhibition with Rania Matar: She, Reception with the artist, August 25, 5-7pm at Obscura Gallery

Obscura Gallery presents a photographic exhibition by Lebanese-born American artist Rania Matar entitled SHE which focuses on young women in the US and the Middle East who are leaving the cocoon of home and entering adulthood, highlighting how female subjectivity develops in parallel forms across cultural lines. Artist and mother Rania Matar’s cross-cultural experiences inform her art. She has dedicated her art work to exploring issues of personal and collective identity through photographs of female adolescence and womanhood—both in the United States where she lives, and in the Middle East where she is from.

The Obscura Gallery exhibition is in conjunction with the Radius Books release of the same name and celebrates an opening reception with the artist on Wednesday, August 25 at Obscura Gallery from 5-7pm. The exhibition is on view August 25 – October 31, 2021.

 

DOWNLOAD THE FULL PRESS RELEASE HERE.

VIEW THE ‘SHE’ SERIES HERE.

Douglas Miles, Future Intercept, Opening Reception, Friday, August 20, 5-7pm

Future Intercept transverses through time, rejecting western exotic, white gaze, stereotypes of Native people in America as a way to re-imagine the future of Indigenous and Native communities. Through the exploration of Futurism, we are presented with a narrative that looks back on a distraught past to reconstruct and foretell an impending future. By bending and folding the past and future as it collides, Apache artist Douglas Miles’ photo exhibition speaks on lineage and legacy within a community whose roots are deeply embedded across the Americas.
By appropriating online early images of Native Americans and juxtaposing them with his own contemporary photographs of his community, Douglas brings us from the past to the present day in a two dimensional image but creating a three dimensional reality. The contrast of his sharp contemporary imagery made with his hand-held smart phone, alongside often pixelated images found online of early Native American portraits, the viewer is transported through time both viscerally and literally.

There will be a reception with the artist on Friday, August 20, 2021 at Obscura Gallery from 5-7pm. The exhibition is on view August 6 – August 21, 2021.

DOWNLOAD THE FULL PRESS RELEASE HERE.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FULL FUTURE INTERCEPT SERIES.

 

Susan Burnstine, where shadows cease exhibition june 4 through july 31, 2021

Obscura Gallery is thrilled to present our 2021 Summer exhibition, Where Shadows Cease: Resonance of America’s Dream, with gallery artist Susan Burnstine. The prints in the exhibition include recent additions to Burnstine’s ongoing color series captured on self-made cameras, which explore the connections between the personal and collective unconscious during an unparalleled period in America. By infusing common dream themes and symbols found within the familiar, Susan Burnstine has observed commonly shared memories and universal representations found at places connected to the ethos of the “American Dream,” which reflect the collective hopes, fears and aspirations found in the social topography of America. Through revisiting iconic locations and landscapes across the United States she has explored corridors of this land through visual metaphor and symbolism as a means to uncover the hidden uniformities that reside within the nations’ collective unconscious in the present era.

The exhibition coincides with Susan’s workshop at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops and the artist reception will take place at Obscura Gallery on Thursday, July 29, from 5-7pm.

DOWNLOAD THE FULL PRESS RELEASE HERE.

VIEW THE IMAGES FROM THE SERIES HERE.

 

We are thrilled to share an exhibition of vintage photographs by Ernest Knee, a well-known photographer and cultural figure who lived in Santa Fe in the 1930’s and 1940’s. Knee is best known for his images of northern New Mexico and other southwestern cultural landscapes, Native American dances, and many other profound Southwest locations which reveal a remarkable visual record of the Southwest between 1930-40, comprised into two books: Santa Fe, N.M. (1942, Hastings House) and Ernest Knee in New Mexico (2005, Museum of New Mexico Press). Also included in the exhibition will be a selection of photographs from Mexico of which were published in his book, Mexico – Laredo to Guadalajara (1951, Hastings House).

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PRINTS IN THE EXHIBITION

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FULL PRESS RELEASE

The New York Antiques Virtual Show

The New York Antiques Show, January 29-31, 2021.

Obscura is taking part in the virtual New York Antiques Show starting January 29 and on view through Sunday, January 31st 6:00pm MST. This show usually takes place at the Armory in NYC every year and is the largest antique show in the world.

 

Richard Dansberger, Glass Patterns, 1960
Richard Dansberger, Glass Patterns, 1960, Vintage Gelatin Silver Print, 9.75 x 7.5″