Stories from the Camera: Reflections on the Photograph

Kymberly Pinder (Preface by) Michele M Penhall (Editor)
& 13 more


The remarkable photography collection of the University of New Mexico Art Museum owes its unique character and quality to the directors, curators, scholars, and artists who have taught, worked, and studied at the museum and in the university's Department of Art and Art History. In this indispensable book, these distinguished scholars and artists reflect on the pictures from the collection that hold significance to them. Through their own professional and artistic practice, they represent different generations of aesthetic voices and intellectual directions.

As one of the earliest collegiate institutions to begin collecting photography, the University of New Mexico Art Museum holds a stunning array of images that span photography's 175-year history. In addition to iconic works by famous photographers, this book also features less familiar but equally masterful pictures. Together, these essays represent a unique history of photography and this renowned museum.

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University of New Mexico Press
Publish Date
March 15, 2016
9.3 X 0.9 X 11.3 inches | 3.4 pounds

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About the Author

Michele M. Penhall served as the curator of prints and photographs at the University of New Mexico Art Museum from 2004 to 2014. During her tenure at the museum she organized more than twenty original exhibitions on photography, prints and the graphic arts, artist's books, film, and digital media. Currently Penhall is an independent curator and writer.

Geoffrey Batchen is Professor of the History of Photography and Contemporary Art at the City University of New York Graduate Center. He is the author of Burning with Desire: The Conceptions of Photography (1999) and Each Wild Idea: Writing, Photography, History (2002), both published by the MIT Press.
Sarah Greenough is the chief curator and head of the department of photographs at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.
Eugenia Parry, formerly professor of art history at Wellesley College and the University of New Mexico, has published and lectured widely on the histories of art and photography. Her numerous awards include a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in creative nonfiction.
Meridel Rubenstein is a visiting associate professor in the School of Art, Design, and Media at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. With an extensive career since the 1970s, her exhibitions and collections have included the Louvre, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, and the National Museum of American Art, among others. She is the author of Belonging: From Los Alamos to Vietnam, Photoworks and Installations. She divides her time between her studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and a visiting associate professorship at the School of Art, Design, and Media at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

Carla Williams spent most of her career working in the Alaska oil and gas industry in Anchorage and the North Slope.

Thomas Barrow studied at the Kansas City Art Institute and the IIT Institute of Design in Chicago under Aaron Siskind. After graduation Barrow began his career at the George Eastman House, becoming Assistant Director and Editor of Publications before moving to New Mexico in 1973. At the University of New Mexico he was Associate Director of the University Art Museum and taught studio photography and history of photography. His photographic work has been exhibited widely and is in the permanent collections of the George Eastman House, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, National Gallery of Canada, the Center for Creative Photography-where his archive is housed-and numerous other public and private collections. Geoffrey Batchen is Professor of Art History at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. His books include Burning With Desire (The MIT Press, 1977); Each Wild Idea (The MIT Press, 2001); Forget Me Not (Van Gogh Museum/Princeton Architectural Press, 2004); William Henry Fox Talbot (Phaidon, 2008); Photography Degree Zero (The MIT Press, 2009); Suspending Time: Life-Photography-Death (Izu Photo Museum, 2010); and Picturing Atrocity: Photography in Crisis (Reaktion, 2012).


"This collection . . . asks us to consider the wondrous variety and complexity of the photographic image, as well as our shared photographic narrative. The breadth and expanse of the collected ideas have an equally farsighted power, and their insights could change the way you see photographs long after closing the book's cover."--Journal of the Print World