Mixed Me­dia The Fence at the Rai­l­yard

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“Six hundred feet of pho­tog­ra­phy. For three months. Out­side.” That’s how or­ga­niz­ers are billing The Fence, a show of more than 300 large pho­to­graphs in­stalled in the Santa Fe Rai­l­yard Park. Santa Fe is the fifth U.S. city cho­sen to host The Fence, which was in­au­gu­rated in Brook­lyn in 2012 by United Photo In­dus­tries, New York. The other cities are At­lanta, Bos­ton, and Hous­ton.

Each year, photographers sub­mit work that fits un­der at least one of six the­matic cat­e­gories: Home, Streets, Peo­ple, Crea­tures, Na­ture, and Play. An in­ter­na­tional jury se­lects 40 photographers. In the Santa Fe edi­tion of

The Fence, an ad­di­tional 16 photographers who are New Mex­ico res­i­dents were cu­rated into the show. In all, there are 333 pho­to­graphs by those 56 photographers in­stalled along the hike-and-bike trail (for­mally known as the Alameda) ad­ja­cent to the New Mex­ico Rail Run­ner Ex­press tracks.

How will th­ese pho­tos sur­vive out­doors for months? (The Fence will re­main up un­til Oc­to­ber or Novem­ber.) “The pho­to­graphs are printed on a white vinyl ma­te­rial, and they have lasted for months in the other lo­ca­tions, in­clud­ing in Brook­lyn, on a path along the wa­ter, where they sur­vived Hur­ri­cane Sandy,” said Gabriella Marks, pres­i­dent of the Amer­i­can So­ci­ety of Me­dia Photographers-New Mex­ico, and one of the photographers ju­ried into the ex­hi­bi­tion. The Fence is pre­sented by the ASMP-New Mex­ico; United Photo In­dus­tries, New York; and the Rai­l­yard Park Con­ser­vancy.

The Rai­l­yard Art Project is al­ways look­ing for tem­po­rary art in­stal­la­tions, and lo­cal artists are en­cour­aged to ap­ply, said the con­ser­vancy’s ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor, Linda Shafer. The Fence was ap­proved at the be­gin­ning of the year. It opens with a re­cep­tion at the Rai­l­yard Park Com­mu­nity Build­ing (Paseo de Per­alta and S. Guadalupe St., be­hind SITE Santa Fe) on Saturday, July 9, at 5 p.m. Many of the ex­hibit­ing photographers will be on hand to give tours and talk about the project. The Fence New Mex­ico is a mem­ber of the col­lab­o­ra­tive ini­tia­tive Photo Sum­mer. Visit www.the­fen­cenm.org.

— Paul Wei­de­man

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