An audio portrait of a photographer: DON USNER

Mar 2, 2014

Credit "Don Usner" by Cheye Pagel / www.donusner.com

Mon. 3 March, 7pm: We converse with Don USNER, photographer and writer, in his Santa Fe studio. Throughout his life, Usner´s  main focus has been the depiction of beauty, and -at the same time- the social contrasts of the Rio Grande Valley.

His reflections about northern New Mexico history and culture can be deeply appreciated through his camera lens: from the enchantment of a typical colourful New Mexican landscape to the black and white drama of the gente del pueblo.

He  spent his youth in Los Alamos and Chimayó, a town where his ancestors lived for almost three hundred years. His second book, Sabino’s Map: Life in Chimayo’s Old Plaza,  illustrated with his photographs, depicts Chimayó from its central social focal point: the old plaza ( Museum of New Mexico Press,  1995).

In December 2013, he was recognized with the New Mexico Community Foundation (NMCF) Luminaria Award for his many contributions to New Mexico.

Credit "Cerros of Chimayó" by Don Usner / www.donusner.com
Credit "Mercedes" by Don Usner / www.donusner.com