Book Presentation by Photographer, Author, and Activist Michael Berman

Sunday February 23rd, 3pm

The Lannan Foundation
Lannan Meeting House
313 Read St, Santa Fe, NM

cover of Michael Berman's new book, Perdido, sierra san luis

Obscura Gallery photographer, author, and activist Michael Berman will speak about his recently released book Perdido, published by the Museum of New Mexico Press. Michael will be joined by co-thinker, rancher, and environmentalist Valer Clark.

MICHAEL BERMAN, Perdido, Cross, 2015, two sizes available

Michael Berman’s new book, Perdido: Sierra San Luis, is a journey in photographs and stories about a complicated landscape on both sides of the Mexico-U.S. border, where the natural world has been compromised and where survival depends on a complexity of relationships. The event takes place at The Lannan Foundation in Santa Fe, address above. If you are interested in viewing prints from this book, please stop by Obscura Gallery to view Michael’s portfolio.

MICHAEL BERMAN, Perdido, dripping water, 2015, three sizes available


Martha Strawn & Lucy Lippard book signing November 8, 2019

Flight of Spirit: The Photographs of Anne Noggle
Edited and introduced by Martha A. Strawn

Foreword by Lucy R. Lippard
Published by: Museum of New Mexico Press

Book Launch and Signing: November, 8 at 5:00pm at Obscura Gallery
Free and open to the public.

image of the book coer of flight of spirit, the photographs of Anne Noggle

In the history of photography, Anne Noggle (1922–2005) stands alone among the great American photographers for her powerful, wry portraits and self- portraits of aging women and women’s bodies—as Noggle called it, “the saga of fallen flesh.” Suffusing Noggle’s photographs are her profound joie de vivre, humor, and defiant humanism. Noggle’s unique vision shaped the medium in ways that have yet to be adequately acknowledged—this new book seeks to underscore the impact and lasting influence of this unconventional photographer.

portrait of anne noggle

Flight of Spirit: The Photographs of Anne Noggle, published by the Museum of New Mexico Press, features a series of portfolios selected by Martha Strawn, Noggle’s colleague and close friend. The portfolios feature intimate portraits of Noggle’s family and friends, and women who served during World War II, including a series of Soviet Airwomen. The closing portfolio of self-portraits depicts a powerful exploration of self. In addition to the photography, Noggle’s life and contributions are contemplated in an essay by Lili Corbus, foreword by Lucy Lippard, and Noggle’s own poetry.

portrait of anne noggle

Noggle’s first love was not photography, but flying. She had served as a WASP—Women Airforce Service Pilot—during World War II and in the Korean War. Afterward she was a stunt and crop-dusting pilot in Texas. At the age of 38 she enrolled at the University of New Mexico earning a BA in art and art history and an MA in photography in 1970. She later taught art and art history at the university as adjunct professor and curated photography exhibitions. She was the first photography curator at the New Mexico Museum of Art (formerly Museum of Fine Arts) in Santa Fe from 1970–76. Noggle’s photographs are held in numerous public and private collections throughout the world.


William Albert Allard receives the 2019 Figaro Magazine Lifetime Achievement Visa d’or Award

Congratulations to Obscura Gallery artist William Albert Allard for receiving the 2019 “Lifetime Achievement Visa d’or Award”, created by Le Figaro Magazine and the international photojournalism festival Visa Pour L’Image which recognizes an established photographer who is still working. ⁣

image showing William Albert Allard's print, Girls Running Home, Behorleguy, France, 1967, various sizes available, please inquire.
William Albert Allard, Girls Running Home, Behorleguy, France, 1967, various sizes available, please inquire.

Allard says of the event,
“The award was presented to me in Perpignan, France on the evening of September 6 by Cyril Droughet of Le Figaro, and Visa Pour L’Image director Jean-Francois Leroy on the stage at the festival founded by Leroy thirty years ago.⁣”

“The French have always seemed to appreciate my work and to receive such an award in one of my favorite towns in my favorite European country, was definitely a unique pleasure. I will truly treasure the award, one previously given to several of my photographer ⁣colleagues including Pascal Maitre, Michael “Nick” Nichols, and Sir Donald McCullin.⁣”

Obscura is excited to present Allard’s work in an upcoming exhibition in May 2020. Stay tuned for more information!

Black & White Photography Magazine (UK) Article on Michael Massaia

“Central Park only makes sense to me when it’s vacant. There’s nothing compelling to me about that park at 2pm on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.” – Michael Massaia

While the city sleeps, Michael Massaia walks the streets and takes photographs with his large-format camera. Here he talks to Susan Burnstine about uncommon experiences and how insomnia has helped shape his work.

Click here to view the article, Courtesy of Black & White Photography Magazine (UK) November issue #221

Joyce Tenneson receives the 2018 Lucie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Portraiture


Obscura Gallery congratulates Joyce Tenneson on receiving the prestigious 2018 Lucie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Portraiture! The Lucie Awards celebrates the remarkable achievements of the masters in photography and has included other such luminaries as Herman Leonard, Duane Michols, Rosalind Fox Solomon, Joy Ross, Nan Goldin, David Burnett, Greg Groman, Dowoud Bey, Lord Snowdon, and Harry Benson.

Aline Smithson is a Finalist in the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize

Congratulations to Gallery artist Aline Smithson for being a finalist in the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize with her photograph, Melanesia, from Fugue State series. The print will be exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London from October 18th – January 29th, 2019.

ALINE SMITHSON, Melanesia, 2017, 22 x 17, archival pigment ink print, edition of 15.

SantaFean Magazine Spotlight on Coco Fronsac

“[Coco Fronsac’s] collages can be interpreted as social documentary on the irrationality of time constructs, but her melding of past and present artifacts also serves to solidify the connection between humans of different geographies and historical periods. In this way, her whimsical repurposing of memories acts as a global unifier.”
– Efrain Villa, Santafean Magazine, June/July issue.