Monday, August 3, 2009

Photographer Laura Gilpin Comes to Life
A Through the Lens Chautauqua event
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Deborah Blanche will recreate the life of legendary Santa Fe photographer Laura Gilpin during a Chautauqua performance in the History Museum Auditorium, 113 Lincoln Ave. A free, public event.

In this show, meet “Miss Gilpin” as she was in the year 1954 – a confident, ebullient woman in her early 60s. As Miss Gilpin, Blanche narrates a slide show that includes images from the photographer’s first Lumiere color prints to many from her best-known book The Enduring Navajo. (The slide show of 30 pristine images is made possible by arrangement with the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas.) Miss Gilpin will answer questions from the audience and tell some of the behind-the-camera stories about the photographic retrospective that parallels her life.

Laura Gilpin was a pioneer of architectural photography in the Southwest, though she is best known for her landscape work. She was a principle photographer of the designs of architect John Gaw Meem, who many see as the father of "Santa Fe Style". Laura Gilpin and I had a show together at a long defunct gallery in Santa Fe back in 1973 or sometime. She was a great lady. I enjoy her work and life immensely. I think this Santa Fe program could be quite interesting if you are in the area. This is part of the "Through the Lens" exhibit, which I have a small role in.

Steps of the Castillo, Chichen Itza
By: Laura Gilpin (1891–1979)
Image is located at Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth TX. Gelatin silver print (bromide) on Gevaluxe paper

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