Lisa Law & Ray Belcher:
VINTAGE NEW MEXICO
May 5 - July 21, 2017
1036 Canyon Road, Santa Fe NM 87501
Open Saturdays 1-5 pm and by appointment
Lisa Law has spent five decades photographing the shifting tides of American culture. Her reputation is built on photographs unique for their startling sense of intimacy and spontaneity. Her early New Mexico photographs feature intimate portraits of Dennis Hopper and Janis Joplin, and chronicle the era of the hippie migration from the west and east coasts to New Mexico, along with their cultural crossings with the traditional elders of Taos Pueblo, and communities of Truchas, El Rito, and Abiquiu and Santa Fe.
Ray Belcher came to Santa Fe from California in the mid-1970s, having earned a National Endowment for the Arts grant which he used to travel and photograph. A man of true artistic discipline and tradition, Belcher is one of the few photographers who still utilizes the black and white silver gelatin printing process and pursues a life of work based primarily on the skies and landscapes of Galisteo and more recently, Santa Fe. Belcher seeks out landscapes without human activity and enjoys the “pure access” it gives him to look at the world and see it with his imagination. Wind also plays a big role in Belcher’s photography: “You have to consider the wind in the composition of any photograph,” says Belcher, “the energy of the wind is compressed in the landscape... you find out what the wind has deposited...you see what was in the ocean a long time ago.”