Mixed Me­dia The Fence

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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

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