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Stories from the Camera: Reflections on the Photograph

Edited by Michele M. Penhall

Winner of the 2017 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award for Arts Book

The remarkable photography collection of the University of New Mexico Art Museum owes its unique character and quality to the directors, curators, scholars, and artists who have taught, worked, and studied at the museum and in the university’s Department of Art and Art History. In this indispensable book, these distinguished scholars and artists reflect on the pictures from the collection that hold significance to them. Through their own professional and artistic practice, they represent different generations of aesthetic voices and intellectual directions.

As one of the earliest collegiate institutions to begin collecting photography, the University of New Mexico Art Museum holds a stunning array of images that span photography’s 175-year history. In addition to iconic works by famous photographers, this book also features less familiar but equally masterful pictures. Together, these essays represent a unique history of photography and this renowned museum.


Michele M. Penhall served as the curator of prints and photographs at the University of New Mexico Art Museum from 2004 to 2014. During her tenure at the museum she organized more than twenty original exhibitions on photography, prints and the graphic arts, artist’s books, film, and digital media. Currently Penhall is an independent curator and writer.


“This collection . . . asks us to consider the wondrous variety and complexity of the photographic image, as well as our shared photographic narrative. The breadth and expanse of the collected ideas have an equally farsighted power, and their insights could change the way you see photographs long after closing the book’s cover.”


Journal of the Print World

9 x 11 in. 244 pages 65 color plates, 70 duotones