Talk by pho­tog­ra­pher Robert Stivers

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The New Mex­ico Mu­seum of Art’s year­long “Fo­cus on Photography” project un­der­scores the role the medium has played in New Mex­ico his­tory, cul­ture, and tourism in its on­go­ing solo and themed ex­hibits of work by con­tem­po­rary re­gional and na­tional pho­tog­ra­phers. Tales From a Dark Room , part of the se­ries, ex­plores tra­di­tional dark­room tech­niques and tools. Though dig­i­tal imag­ing has changed how pho­tog­ra­phers shoot and de­velop their work, many artists pre­fer the hands-on qual­ity of dark­room devel­op­ment. At 5:30 p.m. on Fri­day, Feb. 6, the mu­seum (107 W. Palace Ave.) hosts a gallery talk by Santa Fe artist Robert Stivers. Stivers, one of the pho­tog­ra­phers whose work is fea­tured in the ex­hibit, dis­cusses how he uses the de­vel­op­ing tray to cre­ate pho­tograms (a cam­era­less process in which ob­jects are di­rectly placed on the sur­face of a light-sen­si­tive ma­te­rial). He also signs copies of his new book, The Art of Ruin, which was pub­lished last month by Twin Palms Pub­lish­ers. In The Art of Ruin , Stivers in­ves­ti­gates themes of com­mu­ni­ca­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion break­downs through the medium of photography. The event is free; call 505-476-5072 for in­for­ma­tion.

— Michael Abatemarco

Robert Stivers: The Hand, 2011, gelatin sil­ver print; cour­tesy Twin Palms Pub­lish­ers; be­low, X , 2010, gelatin sil­ver print; cour­tesy the artist

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