The Lannan Foundation Lannan Meeting House
313 Read St, Santa Fe, NM
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’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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
“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.
“I have definitely left the light camp behind. If I’m going to fail, I want to fail dark. And when I left the idea behind that you have to have detail everywhere, man, I took off. I saddled up my horse and I rode it right down into darkness.”
– Kurt Markus
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.
“[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.
“As an eclectic mix of analog and digital photography, historic and contemporary photography, Obscura Gallery is establishing itself from the start as an arena for the continued dialog between past and present.” -Michael Abatermarco, Pasatiempo, 7/6/2018
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1405 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, NM 87501
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