New Mexico Spotlights the Photographic Arts

PhotoSummer, now in its third year, is a collaborative initiative that represents and actively promotes historical and contemporary photography in New Mexico. Taking the rich legacy of photography in New Mexico as a point of departure, the exhibitions and public programs around PhotoSummer represent the continued energy and support of the photographic arts in the region.

PhotoSummer 2017 is organized by UNM Art Museum and 516 ARTS in Albuquerque and CENTER in Santa Fe. It features public programs in both cities, focusing on photography that spans regional, national and international artists, curators and scholars. This year we have partnered up with Axle Contemporary, American Society of Media Photographers and Santa Fe University of Art and Design in Santa Fe, to expand the programming and highlight New Mexico’s undeniable connection to the photographic arts.  Showcasing the work of a diverse group of established and emerging artists whose work is strong in concept and in execution, this collaborative effort highlights New Mexico as a place where excellent photographic work is produced, taught, and exhibited, as well as where people from near and far gather around photography.

PhotoSummer 2017 | Photography as Activism, Action & Empowerment


This year the initiative is organized around the power of photography to bare witness, challenge inequitable structures and initiate change. Recognizing the fact that photography has been instrumental to critical discourse surrounding social movements from the earliest years of the medium, PhotoSummer 2017 offers a look into the history and contemporary use of photography as powerful force in society. Exploring complex ideas related to climate change, environmental destruction, gender inequity, incarceration, and race among others – this year’s focus on photography brings pressing and relevant issues to the forefront.

Spanning June – September, PhotoSummer 2017 features public programs in both cities that highlights regional, national and international artists, curators and scholars. This year there are multiple venues between Albuquerque and Santa Fe showcasing photography in our region. This year’s line up features artistic workshops, lectures, pop-up events, professional development workshops, and networking opportunities!

Through the power of imagery, we are pushed to question our core beliefs and our responsibilities to each other as international citizens. In this sense, photography has the power to shine an uncompromising light on critical issues…
– Ismail Ferdous