PAUL CAPONIGRO. Frosted Window, Ipswich, MA, 1960, 14.25 x 18.75″, gelatin silver print.
We are writing to you from our second New Mexico shutdown on this Small Business Saturday, as our Governor ordered all non-essential businesses to close in order to curb the spread of Covid-19 in our state. We support this decision, as we'd rather open soon in 2021, than sacrifice more loss now. However, this comes amid what would have been the launch of our new exhibition of Hugo Brehme's Mexico, scheduled to open on this Thanksgiving holiday weekend. We have decided to postpone that launch both virtually and in-gallery until we can give it the respect and honor it so deserves.
NEIL FOLBERG. White Winds #30, 2020, 30 x 36", archival pigment ink print, edition of 8.
In the meantime, we decided to put special attention to our artists and our inventory in this Holiday Edition 2020 offering a seasonally curated selection of work for sale, also showcasing what our artists have been making during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, a sneak peak to upcoming shows in 2021, as well as sharing some fantastic vintage and contemporary photographs we've added to our inventory.

We are offering a fifteen percent discount and free shipping on any purchases made from this special Holiday Edition 2020 through December 31, 2020. Just use the code HOLIDAY2020 at the checkout on our website and the discount will be applied in the cart. For the works that have a 'price on request', please inquire with us at [email protected] for more information.

We hope you can find some time to sit back and enjoy a little peace through photography in this email. Thank you for your ongoing interest in Obscura Gallery and your support of our artists throughout the year. We appreciate you! Wishing you and yours the best for the Holiday season.

JOAN MYERS. Blizzard, Cape Evans (Scott’s Hut), Antarctica, 2002, 14.5 x 22", archival pigment ink print, edition of 15.
MICHAEL MASSAIA. Central Park, Eaglevale Arch Looking North, NYC, 2017, 30 x 40", toned gelatin silver print, edition of 10.
**please note this piece does not qualify for free shipping due to its size**
DEBBIE FLEMING CAFFERY. Ice Stature, 18.25 x 18.25", gelatin silver print, edition of 25.
NORMAN MAUSKOPF, El Molino, San Marino, CA, 1981, 8.75 x 8.75", gelatin silver print, AP 2/2.
PHILIP AUGUSTIN. Bison & Geysers – Yellowstone National Park, 1997, 13.5 x 19", Gelatin silver print.
 BRIGITTE CARNOCHAN. Old Roses, 2020, 10 x 13", Cyanotype over platinum, edition of 10.
The ever prolific Brigitte Carnochan has been working with cyanotype over platinum palladium prints this year to create exquisite tonalities with still lifes such as this bouquet of roses. While each print never duplicates exactly the other, they are created in an edition of 10 making each just a little uniquely different to the next.
NEIL FOLBERG. Sands of Mars #1, 2020, 30 x 26", Framed archival pigment print on Bamboo paper, edition of 7.
This image is from Neil Folberg's new series, Sands of Mars. Access to the deserts of the Earth requires travel, often to distant locations, which is difficult during a worldwide pandemic. Access to Martian deserts is courtesy of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The artist has chosen and processed small segments of scans transmitted from Mars, as if floating above the Martian surface. Colors, tonalities and shapes of landforms have been altered to create altered landscapes of another reality.
MICHAEL BERMAN, C.GIGANTEA, 2020, three sizes/editions available, Leica composite scroll, archival pigment ink print.
Michael Berman has been making trips to the saguaros several times since the beginning of the pandemic to find respite in the desert. The resulting images are composites scrolls, and is an ongoing body of work entitled C Gigantea.
CAITLYN SOLDAN. Cerro Pedernal Study #29, 2020, 8 x 10", Mordançage. Unique.
This new Mordançage image is from Caitlyn Soldan's Desertscapes series which we debuted in March this year right when we had to shut down for the pandemic. Even as we had to close the exhibition to the public, Caitlyn continued her new work and created this image along with several other new unique one of a kind pieces.
LAWRENCE FODOR. Fusion: Michelangelo + Perseus and Andromeda I, 2020, 30 x 30", Framed archival pigment print w/ mixed media on Moab Entrada paper. Edition of 10.
**please note this piece does not qualify for free shipping due to its size**
This new Lawrence Fodor piece is from the Fusions series which creates photo based/mixed media archival prints fusing the vast array of art historically significant paintings and sculpture that serve as a point of departure for the artist's work with his paintings in their various states. They are conceived employing a multiple exposure technique that utilizes the random extraction, diffusion and merging of images within the camera. These captures then undergo extensive manipulation and layering in the computer. The final images are printed on Canson Infinity Platine Fiber Rag paper, providing a luxurious satin finish and surface for additional work using oil paint combined with an alkyd resin medium. This “after-painting” renders each image in the edition somewhat unique.
SUSAN BURNSTINE, East of the 101, 2020, two sizes/editions available, Hand-varnished archival pigment ink print.
This image is one of the most recent additions to Susan Burnstine's new color series, Where Shadows Cease, created with her hand-made cameras and lenses. Here we have an image taken in Los Angeles looking East of the 101, where Susan lives and has been working and teaching from home during the pandemic.
JONATHAN BLAUSTEIN, Double Rainbow, 2020, from "9 Days in #2020.", 9 x 9", archival pigment ink print, edition of 9.
We are offering a couple of new prints from Jonathan Blaustein's ongoing series, "Walking in Circles," which he's currently sharing on Instagram (@jblauphoto). All the photographs were made during his countless walks during quarantine, during which he's covered more than 500 miles, finding respite in his hometown of Taos, New Mexico.
DEBBIE FLEMING CAFFERY. Terry’s hands, 2020, 20.75 x 15.75", gelatin silver print, edition of 5.
This image is one of the last Debbie Fleming Caffery has made for the the High Museum of Art art commission "Picturing the South" series. For this commission, Debbie has been photographing the decline of small agricultural communities in rural North Louisiana and Mississippi. Along with Mark Steinmetz and Alex Harris, Debbie was chosen for this prestigious Museum’s “Picturing the South” photography series which was established in 1996 as a distinctive initiative to support established and emerging photographers in creating new bodies of work inspired by the American South for the Museum’s collection, which is the largest and most significant public repository of the region’s contributions to photography. Past participants in “Picturing the South” include Abelardo Morell, Martin Parr, Kael Alford, Richard Misrach, Sally Mann, Dawoud Bey, Emmet Gowin, Alex Webb and Alec Soth.
ANGIE BROCKEY, Little Tree, 2020, ambrotype on black glass, 4 x 4", Unique.
In addition to the two new ambrotypes on glass that Angie Brockey created this year we also have included a gorgeous necklace with a pendant that is a wet plate collodion on Quartz, set in 14K gold and oxidized sterling silver with an 18" oxidized silver wheat chain. Click here to view the necklace.
RYAN ZOGHLIN. Surfer, 2020, (Pendant and chain), Cyanotype print on glass lens backed with pure silver powder.
Presented with silver bezel and chain.
This pendant is a new addition to Ryan Zoghlin's signature style of using cyanotype backed onto a small glass lens creating a truly one of a kind photo-based jewelry piece.
ALINE SMITHSON, Still Life Altered, from Fugue States, 2020, Archival pigment ink print, 16 x 16", edition of 8.
Aline Smithson has been pouring her energy into not only Lenscratch, which she founded and continues to build on as one of the foremost important online platforms for photography, but she has also been making a profound amount of new personal work. Included in this edition are two new images in Part 2 of the Fugue State series. Fugue States, Part 2, considers the archival future of digitized photographs. This work is derived from personal corrupted files and speaks to how our photographs may not retain their original state in the next century. She speaks of the work, "We are reliant on technology to keep our images intact for future generations and it bears the question, who will maintain our hard drives after we are gone? These are important considerations for our visual histories, as we may be leaving behind imagery that will be reimagined by machines—as reflected in these photographs."
JENNIFER SCHLESINGER, Dar Cho 1, 2020, 6 x 6", gelatin silver print on watercolor paper with deckled edge, edition of 9.
Over 2000 years ago, the local people of pre-Buddhist Tibet, made flags to honor the nature gods, in a distinct shamanistic religion, but with teachings, terminology and rituals that resembled Tibetan Buddhism. The purpose behind the prayer flags dealt primarily with what the region’s spiritual leaders were most concerned with – the life of all beings. The Tibetan word for prayer flag is Dar Cho, which means “to increase life, fortune, health and wealth” (Dar) “of all sentient beings” (Cho). These prayer flags were messengers and mediums of this mission - they harmonized with the environment, and they were intended to increase the happiness and good fortune of all beings around them. These flags were displayed across mountain passes, on homes, and throughout locales, and have been recorded in China, Persia and India as well, all with the intention of fulfilling this spiritual mission.
The pre-pandemic year 2019 was a challenging year for my family, and I decided to focus on putting my own wishes into a series of prayer flags composed of my photographs in which to hold blessings for better things to come in the following year. 2020 was to be that new year - and then the pandemic hit us all, and we all needed the blessings even more than before. I have spent the past year working on the completion of my first set of prayer flags, and this new piece is from the first set. The series are gelatin silver prints printed on watercolor paper with a deckled edge floated on an 8ply archival board.- Jennifer Schlesinger
ANDRÉ KERTÉSZ, Satiric Dancer, Paris, 1926 (Printed 1970’s). Gelatin silver print, 9.5 x 7.75″, Signed and dated with “Paris” in pencil on print verso.
A personal favorite, we are excited to have added this iconic piece to our inventory. André Kertész, who came to Paris in 1925 from Hungary, quickly forged connections with the artistic centre of avant-garde writers, painters, performers and sculptors as well as other photographers who emigrated to Paris at that same time such as Man Ray, Brassaï, and Robet Capa. Kertész Satiric Dancer embodies the cliché of the dazzling life of these Parisian bohemians of the interwar period.

This iconic photograph shows the Hungarian cabaret dancer Magda Förstner in the studio of the Hungarian sculptor István (Etienne) Beöthy, who, like Kertész, had come to Paris a year earlier. In her short dress of black satin with an extravagant ruff and high-heeled shoes, the dancer stages herself in a playful and exalted pose on a damaged sofa in a corner of the artist's studio. Next to her, on a pedestal, stands the modernist marble sculpture of a male torso by Beöthy, whose twist the dancer copies in a grotesquely exaggerated way. Her marble-like white limbs are twisted and protrude into the space exactly like the acute-angled arm stumps of the sculpture. The whole scenery appears to be an organized chaos of likeness, which anticipates Kertesz's1933 series of distortions, and is a masterpiece of surrealist photography. Click here to inquire on the pricing of this image.
EDWARD SHERIFF CURTIS, The Vanishing Race – Navaho, 1904, 18 x 22″, Framed vintage photogravure on Holland Van Gelder paper from Volume 1, Portfolio 1, Plate 1.
We now have this important Edward Sheriff Curtis vintage Photogravure - The Vanishing Race, 1904 - in our inventory. This image illustrated Curtis’ intention of preserving the Native American traditions and culture with the artist’s 30 year North American Indian project and symbolically landed itself as the first Plate 1 in the first Portfolio 1 of the seminal project. Feeling that the picture expressed so much of the thought that inspired the entire project, the author had chosen it as the first of the series. Click here to inquire on the pricing of this image.
YOUSUF KARSH, Cellist, Pablo Casals, 1954. Gelatin silver print, 9.5 x 7.5″, Signed in white ink on print recto.
We are thrilled to have added this incredible Yousuf Karsh signed original print of the famed Spanish Cellist Pablo Casals to our inventory. There were two highly regarded portraits taken in this photo shoot at the The Abbey of Saint-Michel-de-Cuxa in the South of France, one from the front as we have here, and the other of Casals' back facing the camera.

Taken in June 1954, Karsh said of the photo session, “In the Abbey de Cuxa in Prades, I spent several glorious hours with the master of the cello. Our rapport was instantaneous - he trusted me to carry his cherished instrument. I was so moved on listening to him play Bach that I could not, for some moments, attend to photography ... For me, the bare room conveys the loneliness of the artist, at the pinnacle of his art, and also the loneliness of exile." Click here to inquire on the pricing of this image.
GERTRUDE KASEBIER. Woman and Child, c. 1900, (Agnes E. Meyer with Florence Meyer).
Vintage platinum print tipped to card mount, Image Size: 7.75 x 5.75″, Signed in pencil mount recto.
Gertrude Käsebier was an American photographer most known for her images of motherhood, her portraits of Native Americans, and her promotion of photography as a career for women. In all her work she attempted to capture a symbolic, yet intimate view of her subjects. Käsebier worked primarily with platinum prints, although she began using a gum-bichromate process in 1901. Like many fellow Pictorialists, she often manipulated her photographs to fit her artistic intentions and was interested in promoting the medium as a fine art. As part of this effort, in 1902 she, Alfred Stieglitz, Clarence H. White, and Edward Steichen formed the Photo-Secession. She was also a member of the Professional Photographers of New York and of the Linked Ring in London and a co-founder of the Women’s Federation of the Photographers’ Association of America (1910). In 1916 she broke openly with Stieglitz and co-founded the Pictorial Photographers of America with White .In the late 20th and the 21st century Käsebier was the subject of many exhibitions, including two major retrospectives, one at the Delaware Art Museum in 1979 and the other at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City (which later traveled to the Philadelphia Museum of Art) in 1992. Her best-known photograph, Blessed Art Thou Among Women (1899), was featured on a U.S. postage stamp in 2002.

This image we have now in our inventory is Agnes Meyer and her daughter Florence. Meyer was a very well known journalist, philanthropist, civil rights activist, and art patron, who was often photographed by Käsebier and other artists. Click here to inquire on the pricing of this image.
MANUEL ÁLVAREZ BRAVO, En El Templo Del Tigre Rojo (In the Temple of the Red Tiger), 1949, 9.25 x 6.25", Vintage toned gelatin silver print. Signed on print verso, lower right, in graphite: "M. Alvarez Bravo. Mexico"
In this rare vintage toned gelatin silver print by Manuel Álvarez Bravo, a woman stands outside the entrance to a stone temple taken in Bonampak, Chiapas, Mexico in 1949. She is dressed in a long tunic and has bare feet standing in a classical pose. This image is one of a few Bravo images included in our upcoming Hugo Brehme's Mexico exhibition, showing the influence Brehme had on his student Bravo - who printed for Brehme early in his career and went onto become one of Mexico's most revered 20th Century photographers. Click here to inquire on the pricing of this image.
January / February 2021

Kurt Markus: Dunes - Namibia, Africa

Join us in January as we celebrate beauty through Kurt Markus's meditative and contemplative dune forms from Africa, a welcome start to the New Year of hope we are all craving...
KURT MARKUS, Dunes, Namibia, Africa, 2002, 16 x 20", gelatin silver print.
Spring 2021

Ernest Knee in New Mexico

This Spring we will bring you an exhibition of rare vintage photographs by Ernest Knee, a cultural figure in Santa Fe in the 1930's and 1940's who is best known for his extensive body of architectural and landscape photographs of northern New Mexico. The exhibition includes this incredible unique sequence of seven 4 x 3" contact prints of Edward Weston photographing in Lamy, New Mexico taken by Knee in 1941.
ERNEST KNEE, Edward Weston at Galisteo Fall (Lamy), NM, 1941, Seven 3 x 4″ vintage contact gelatin silver prints matted and framed, presented as one piece, Signed on prints recto. (first image here is detail of one of the seven prints).
Summer 2021

Susan Burnstine - Where Shadows Cease

This Summer we will bring you new images from Susan Burnstine's color series we exhibited a few years ago, this time showing never-before exhibited work she created in 2020, in her classic signature style of using hand-made cameras and lenses.
SUSAN BURNSTINE, Down the Colorado, 2020, two sizes/editions available, Hand-varnished archival pigment ink print.
Obscura Gallery Facilitates Photojournalism Grant by Gallery Artist Manuello Paganelli to University of New Mexico Navajo Photographer Sharon Chischilly for her photographic work on the Navajo reservation during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Sharon Chischilly for Navajo Times Miss Navajo Nation Shaandiin Parrish helps distribute homemade facemasks and hand sanitizer to families in vehicles on Aug. 20 in Chinle
Manuello Paganelli offers a small photojournalism grant each year to a deserving individual and this year he wanted to focus on giving the grant to a young Native American photojournalist. With University of New Mexico student Sharon Chischilly’s name on the forefront of our minds because of her incredible Covid-19 work showcased most recently in the New York Times, we shared her work with Paganelli and he was equally impressed.

I received the name of Sharon Chischilly through Jennifer Schlesinger, the owner/curator of Obscura Gallery. From there I read a NYTimes article and saw the work she has been doing within her Native community on the heavy told Covid-19 has taken on them. I was quite impressed by the maturity, seriousness and depth of her work. – Manuello Paganelli

My name is Sharon Chischilly. I’m a junior at the University of New Mexico and a student photojournalist at the New Mexico Daily Lobo. I began my professional journalism career at the Daily Lobo in August of 2019, and since the pandemic started my work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Getty Images, and more. I have been documenting the COVID-19 pandemic in the Navajo Nation since the first cases surfaced on the Navajo homeland in March. I would use this grant to start saving up for a second camera to help me document the scenes on the ground in my homeland. Sharon Chischilly

Four Decades: In Celebration of AIPAD

Sotheby's Auction

Bidding Opens:
15 December 2020 • 12:00 EST • New York

Sotheby’s is pleased to present Four Decades: In Celebration of AIPAD, an auction of 19th, 20th, and 21st century photographs from more than 40 esteemed members of The Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD). Since its inception in 1979, AIPAD has been a respected authority for the Photography market and collector education.  Four Decades: In Celebration of AIPAD will feature photographs by established masters of the medium, including William Henry Fox Talbot, Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange, and Sigmar Polke, as well as works by artists making their debut at auction, such as Ervin Johnson, Adam Katseff, and Alejandro Chaskielberg. For more than 40 years, Sotheby’s and AIPAD have continually set the standard by which the most important photographs have been bought and sold. It is thus Sotheby’s great privilege to present an auction in celebration of and in partnership with the leaders in our field.

See below for the two pieces we have in the auction. Save the date above for the auction.

EDWARD WESTON, Nude, 1936. (Charis Wilson). 7.25 x 9.5", Printed by Cole Weston. Gelatin silver print. Signed, dated and titled on print verso (Cole Weston). Stamped By Edward Weston on print verso.
JERRY UELSMANN. Untitled, 1982, 19 x 15″, gelatin silver print, Signed and dated on mount recto.
Obscura Gallery Hours, Parking, and Covid-19 Information

In addition to the three free parking spaces at our gallery location, there is also additional free parking available Monday - Friday from 8:00am - 9:00pm at the State Capitol Parking Facility municipal garage located at 485 Galisteo Street. There is also metered parking always available on Galisteo street next to the Parking Facility. Please do not park in the Restaurant Martin parking lot!