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"a beautifully executed book... an amazing, must-see exhibition."
Wesley Pulkka, The Albuquerque Journal

Finalist for a New Mexico Book Award, 2009


Photography: New Mexico

I co-authored, with Thomas Barrow, this survey of contemporary photography in New Mexico. The book features the work of 25 innovative artists from a state that has helped to shape the medium. Barrow, a noted photographer and the book’s curator, chose the artists and the images. I wrote an essay about each photographer, illuminating the artists’ distinctive approaches to technique and content. Stuart Ashman, Cabinet Secretary of New Mexico’s Department of Cultural Affairs, wrote the book’s Introduction, discussing the history of photography in New Mexico.  
The book’s 200 remarkable images include the provocative portraits of Joel-Peter Witkin, the luminous silver landscapes of Paul Caponigro, the mixed-media innovations of Betty Hahn and Holly Roberts, and the cultural explorations of Miguel Gandert and Delilah Montoya. By turns spectacular, subtle, and challenging, these images represent the state of photography, both in New Mexico and in the art world today.
Read an excerpt from the book, which includes my essay on Patrick Nagatani's "desire for magic" and two images from his visionary Nuclear Enchantment series. Also view the list of photographers included.
The book was initiated, designed, and lavishly produced by Kay Fowler and Nancy Stem of Fresco Fine Arts Publications. It was printed in Italy and is distributed by UNM Press. It comes in a 12" x 12" silver box and weighs seven pounds.
How to Order
The book is now available through the UNM online catalogue, the photo-eye online catalog, and Amazon.com. photo-eye sold a limited edition version that included a large original digital print by Patrick Nagatani, Gay Block, Joan Myers, Jo Whaley, or William Clift.
Book Launch Events
Our book launch exhibition, featuring 74 prints by the 25 photographers included in the book, opened September 5, 2008, at the University of New Mexico Art Museum in Albuquerque.
Our other launch events included a signing at Garcia Street Bookstore in Santa Fe September 6 and a slide show by photographers at Bookworks in Albuquerque September 9. Both attracted good crowds. On October 11, I discussed the book on the hour-long KUNM radio show "Women's Focus," along with photographers Gay Block, Jo Whaley, and Delilah Montoya.


"...a beautifully boxed, heirloom-worthy collection that should delight lovers of art, photography and the Land of Enchantment." —Las Cruces Sun-News

"This collection is for the sophisticated aficionado of contemporary photography, and for anyone who appreciates photography as fine art." —New Mexico Magazine

Well-known Albuquerque Journal arts critic Wesley Pulkka writes about the exhibition and book,
"Photography: New Mexico with curator Thomas Barrow represents an excellent group of New Mexico photographers in a stunning show. The Photography: New Mexico exhibit is accompanied by a beautifully executed book by the same title assembled by Fresco Fine Art Publications. This is an awe-inspiring exhibition with too many highlights to mention in full." Read the full review.

Critic Jan Adlmann writes in Santa Fe’s THE magazine, "The occasion for this winter’s exhibition of some great New Mexico photographs is the publication of a sumptuous (and long sought-after) book, Photography: New Mexico.... This compilation of work by a handful of photographers living here belongs on any shelf that hopes to encompass the variety and amplitude of the subject." Read the full review.

Santa Fe’s Pasatiempo says, "the artists’ profiles by travel writer and art critic Kristin Barendsen are brief and insightful and are augmented with statements and reflections by the photographers. Barendsen’s research and thoughtful writing are a nice contribution." 

Read the five-star reviews on Amazon.com. The Santa Fe Sun Monthly featured the book in a four-page spread. New West Books & Writers also reviewed the book.

Photographs this page, from top to bottom: Humor and Fear, 1999, by Joel-Peter Witkin. Atomic Tea Party, 1993, by Jo Whaley. Ranchos de Taos, 2001, by Douglas Kent Hall. Koshare/Tewa Ritual Clowns, Missile Park, White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, 1989, by Patrick Nagatani.


Kristin Barendsen  ●  Santa Fe, New Mexico  ●  cell: 505.946.7707  ●  kbarendsen (at) gmail.com