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Photographer Miguel Gandert On Seeing Well

From Miguel Gandert's series, "Saints and Sinners"

He has spent his life photographing the people and landmarks of his native Northern New Mexico,  documenting the festivals, rituals and pastimes of the area's Indo-Hispano culture.  MiguelGandert's photographs and films will be part of the multimedia installation Memory + Emergence, a collaboration with poet Levi Romero and artists Tim B. Castillo and Hue Walker, which will be on view June 12 and 13 in Railyard Plaza, as part of the opening weekend of Currents 2015, Santa Fe's 6th annual new media festival.  In conversation, Miguel describes himself as a "memory grabber."

In this longer version of the interview, Miguel talks in greater detail about the photographs he has chosen to include in this installation and he explains his reason for working primarily in black and white rather than color.


Spencer Beckwith reports on the arts for KUNM. For ten years, until March of 2014, Spencer was the producer and host of KUNM's "Performance New Mexico," a weekday morning arts program that included interviews with musicians, writers and performers. Spencer is a graduate of the acting program at the Juilliard School, and, before moving to New Mexico in 2002, was for many years a professional actor based in New York City.