Photography is, for the most part, a document of a very specific moment as it evolved in front of the artist’s camera. Both landscape and photography share an intimate relationship with memory. Photographs of the landscape have an uncanny ability to create and reinforce memory and because of this unique capacity cannot help but to express time.
Michael P. Berman, David Taylor and Connie Samaras have all lived and worked in New Mexico and their photographs in this exhibit concentrate on the landscape in and surrounding Southern New Mexico. Their diversity of approach results in three unique and layered sets of images of our desert terrain. This arid land captures time in a fashion that is at once biological, political and hypothetical. A condensation of time is so broad that its only rival for breadth is the sprawl of the site itself. Each of these photographers presents us with a desert landscape that is simultaneously of the present, reflecting the past and hinting at the future.