Iconic, one-of-a-kind vintage photos of New Mexico as captured by local photographers Lisa Law and Ray Belcher are on display and for sale in the special show “Lisa Law & Ray Belcher: Vintage New Mexico” presented by Edition ONE Gallery and JFD Gallery.
A photographer of American culture for five decades, Law’s early New Mexico images feature intimate portraits of the people around her, including psychedelic rock/blues singer Janis Joplin, actor Dennis Hopper and 1972 Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern, who campaigned in Espanola with local politicians.
Law has focused her lens on Native American dancers and residents of northern New Mexico’s tiny villages engaged in everyday activities. She chronicled the hippie migration from both coasts to New Mexico, taking shots of her own hippie bus and hippies bathing at the popular Jemez Hot Springs.
A few of Law’s photos are personal. She especially likes the one of her children, Pilar and Solar, when they were preschool age and playing at the base of 15-foot tall corn plants at the family farm in Truchas in 1973.
Pilar Law, a photographer in her own right and the founder of Edition ONE Gallery, curated the show. She sifted through boxes of her mother’s prints to find just the right ones for the exhibit. “In a few cases, new prints were made from old negatives,” explains Lisa Law. “None of the photos of that time were digital.”
Belcher’s contribution to the show is a series of black and white silver gelatin photos and archival pigment prints based primarily on the skies and landscapes around Galisteo, New Mexico. His interest lies in landscapes without human activity. Wind plays a big role in his work. “You have to consider the wind in the composition of any photograph,” says Belcher, who arrived in Santa Fe in the mid 1970s. “The energy of the wind is compressed in the landscape. You find out what the wind has deposited.”
The exhibit features approximately 20 photos by each photographer.