Monday, April 12, 2010

Through the Lens: Creating Santa Fe.

Through the Lens: Creating Santa Fe. Edited by Mary Anne Redding. Photographs edited by Krista Elrick and Mary Anne Redding. Museum Of New Mexico Press, Santa Fe, 2009. 276 pp., 276 colour and duotone illustrations, 9½x11½".

'Through the Lens: Creating Santa Fe' was published to accompany an exhibition about the visual history of Santa Fe, New Mexico held by Palace of the Governors Photo Archives in Santa Fe.

The book "provides a historical and contextual role in documenting and shaping Santa Fe's image.

Both documentary and fine art photographers have worked [in Santa Fe] since the medium's invention, recording the U.S. territory after the Mexican and Spanish eras and serving to burnish its image as an art colony and destination for the country's first cultural tourists.

Drawn to the region's unique architecture, its indigenous peoples, the peculiarities of a small-town international capital, and the magical quality of light and landscape, photographers have remained central among artists who arrived, passed through, and sometimes never left.

Selected images drawn from public and private collections of more than one hundred noted photographers, including early masters William Henry Jackson, Ben Wittick, and John K. Hillers alongside the artists Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Laura Gilpin, Paul Strand, Lee Friedlander, and Paul Caponigro."
-- part of the publisher's description. You can also read more about the exhibition here.

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