Mixed Media The Fence
For the second year, The Fence, a juried outdoor exhibition of works by international photographers, comes to the Railyard Park (740 Cerrillos Road). The images, printed on a long scroll that stretches for hundreds of feet along a section of the park, were selected from submissions by photographers of all skill levels. The Fence was conceived by United Photo Industries and Photo District News in 2011 and was first exhibited in 2012 in Brooklyn. Since then, six other cities have joined the roster as hosts of The Fence: Santa Fe, Boston, Houston, Durham, Atlanta, and Denver.
In addition, The Fence includes works by regional photographers as part of a showcase on New Mexico. The jurors for the New Mexico showcase include Obscura Gallery owner Jennifer Schlesinger, artist Jessamyn Lovell, Axle Contemporary co-founder Matthew Chase Daniel, and other photography professionals. New Mexico artists include Dham Khalsa, a Santa Fe firefighter and paramedic who documented two generations of firefighters from the local Flores family; Sally Thomson, whose blackand-white photography captures the lives of ranching families who are committed to stewardship of the land in the face of encroaching development and big agriculture; Carrie McCarthy’s photographs of contemporary Cuba that reflect the island nation’s contradictory and multifaceted character; and more.
The opening of The Fence is 5 p.m. Saturday, July 22, following a halfday American Society for Media Photographers workshop on creativity and travel photography with Nevada Weir. The workshop is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the campus of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. The cost is $125 and free for students and faculty; register at www .asmpnewmexico.eventsmart.com. The display remains on view, come rain or shine, through Nov. 4. Visit www.thefencenm.org for more information. — Michael Abatemarco
© Sally Thomson, Stories From The Range; courtesy of United Photo Industries; top, The Fence at the Santa Fe Railyard Park, © Irene Owsley