PhotoSummer 2016

PhotoSummer, in its second year, was a collaborative initiative that represented and actively promoted historical and contemporary photography in New Mexico.  Taking the rich legacy of photography in New Mexico as a point of departure, the exhibitions and public programs around PhotoSummer represented the continued energy and support of the photographic arts in the region.  The main goal of PhotoSummer is to feature photo-based programming every summer through exhibitions, talks, workshops and more.  UNM Art Museum will continue to partner each year with organizations in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and throughout the state in order to highlight the very best of photographic practice and scholarship.

PhotoSummer 2016 was organized by UNM Art Museum and 516 ARTS in Albuquerque and CENTER in Santa Fe.  It featured public programs in both cities, focusing on photography that spans regional, national and international artists, curators and scholars.  In 2016, we partnered up with Axle Contemporary, American Society of Media Photographers and Santa Fe University of Art and Design in Santa Fe, to expand the programming and offer more opportunities for people to engage with the photographic medium.

Albuquerque Exhibitions and Programs included:

As We See It: Contemporary Native American Photographers
June 18 – September 17, 2016
At 516 ARTS, 516 Central Ave. SW, Albuquerque, NM

As We See It: Contemporary Native American Photographers considered how photography can communicate personal perspectives on identity and place. Featuring the work of Jamison Chaz Banks, Tom Jones, Larry McNeil, Wendy Red Star, Matika Wilbur, Will Wilson and Tiffiney Yazzie, this exhibition combined landscapes, portraiture and appropriated images to consider how photography can offer a new perspective on the world and the process of photography. For the artists in As We See It, the media of still photography serves as a means to accomplish their goals, whether describing environmental issues or creating connections in Native North America. By engaging with the subject interactively, the images become a shared product that illustrates the personal, living stories of the artists and their worlds.

Future Tense
June 18 – September 17, 2016
At 516 ARTS, 516 Central Ave. SW, Albuquerque, NM

Highlighting select CENTER photographers, Future Tense was an exploration of the socially, politically and psychologically complex relationship we have with the places we inhabit. Moving within and beyond the physicality of here and now, the photographers in this exhibition traced the tensions between nature and artifice; isolation and interconnectedness; past and present; and the physical and psychological...all of which reveal the tenuous balance that defines the path of our collective future. Artists include: Delaney Allen, Antoine Bruy, Pelle Cass, Phillip Cheung, Christine Collins, Tamas Dezso, David Favrod, Lori Hepner, Dina Litovsky, Judy Natal, Eric Pickersgill, David Schalliol and Daniel Traub.

Starn Brothers: Absorption of Light
June 18 – September 17, 2016
At 516 ARTS, 516 Central Ave. SW, Albuquerque, NM

516 ARTS presented two large elemental photographs from the body of work Absorption of Light by twin brothers Doug and Mike Starn, who for more than 20 years have been known for working conceptually with photography, and are concerned largely with chaos, interconnection and interdependence. The ill-fated moths of the Attracted to Light series are caught moments before self immolation, drawn to the light that kills them, their images pinned, momentarily, on photographic paper. Their subjects are both emblems of and witnesses to the dualistic character of light, with its power to give life and to destroy it, to illuminate and to blind.

Santa Fe Exhibitions Include:

Accidental Photography
July 1-24, 2016
At Axle Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
To appear in various locations - check website for dates and locations.

In this mobile art gallery, professional New Mexican photographers exhibited unintentional images that have been saved from the editing room floor or the computer trash bin. The captivating photos might be narrative or abstract, but all give a glimpse into an unexpected way of seeing the world.

June 17–August 26, 2016
At Marion Center for Photographic Arts, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, 1600 St Michaels Drive, Santa Fe, NM

CENTER in collaboration with the Santa Fe University of Art and Design presented Dispossessed. This juried exhibition was an exploration of the internal and external experiences of marginality in a world where many feel on the fringes and also inside of systems. Dispossessed was an exploration of the condition in which minorities, and those at the margins, now comprise the majority of humankind. It revealed the psychological and emotional expressions of marginality experienced universally and the ways we all experience feeling like an outsider. Artists included CENTER members from around the region.

July 9 – September 30, 2016
At Railyard Art Park, Cerrillos Rd. & Guadalupe St., Santa Fe, NM

American Society of Media Photographers/New Mexico brought THE FENCE to the Railyard Art Park in the summer of 2016. Since its launch in Brooklyn four years ago, THE FENCE has consistently attracted exceptional work by talented photographers from around the world, sharing powerful photographic narratives with a diverse audience of millions of visitors annually. Each year, an international jury of photography professionals is called upon to review and select 40 photographers whose submitted work exemplifies the essence of “community” across cultural boundaries and geographical lines. The selected projects were presented in a series of large-scale, curated, outdoor exhibitions in five cities in the United States: Brooklyn, Boston, Atlanta, Houston, and now, new in 2016, Santa Fe. THE FENCE exhibition in Santa Fe will include a section highlighting the projects of New Mexican photographers, juried by luminaries in the New Mexico photographic community.

Senior Thesis Show
June 17– August 26, 2016
At Marion Center for Photographic Arts, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, 1600 St Michaels Drive, Santa Fe, NM

The Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) in collaboration with CENTER presents the Senior Thesis Show. Representing the photographic vanguard, SFUAD’s students presented a range of work representing current trends and concerns in photography. Artists included: Ysidro Barela, Rebecca Buchleiter, Craig Duncan, Chelsea Garcia, Pamela Houser, and Forrest Soper.

PhotoSummer 2016 included an online and printed program guide to all of the exhibitions and events, as well as a community calendar to photography-related events in Albuquerque and Santa Fe during the summer.




PhotoSummer 2016 was made possible in part by the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission

PhotoSummer logo final big     SFARtsCommission



Image: Christine Collins, Untitled, Archival pigment print, 30x40 in.