Thomas Carr is an archaeologist and photographer living in Colorado. He works with 6x6-cm and 4x5-inch format cameras, and makes both traditional silver-emulsion darkroom prints and archival giclee prints. His artistic influences include Eugene Atget, Fay Godwin, Edward Weston, and Paul Caponigro. His work has been shown in numerous juried, group, and solo exhibitions over the last 25 years. He has also lectured extensively on the history of photography, archaeology, visual ethnography, and historic preservation. In characterizing his own work, he states that “as a young photographer in the 1980s, I found myself drawn towards making images of places with subtle indications of a past human presence. This led to my pursuit of a career in archaeology, which has allowed me to visit many significant historic sites and associated landscapes. Having been trained in photography, I endeavor to document the essence of these places in visual terms. This subtle sense of presence is what I seek in my photography.” Thomas lives in Denver with his wife Laurie and their two sons Andrew and James.
The "Last Cowboy" ProjectFor years, Jahiel has been photographing the cowboys of the Great Basin, perhaps one of the most inhospitable regions of the already rugged West. These people represent one of the last authentic American subcultures, one that is disappearing at a rapid rate. Cowboying as an art form is almost obsolete; still, the cowboys hang on, with a ferocious tenacity. Respect there doesn’t come from the trappings of modern life. Talent, knowledge and skill are valued above all else. And the cowboy tradition has its roots in the oldest of human conflicts: man against nature and man against himself.
Jahiel tries to reflect those sentiments in these photographs. These cowboys aren’t “remade” into a Hollywood image. Instead, they are “found” images, in keeping with the spirit of authenticity that permeates the best keepers of this tradition.
Jeremy Wade Shockley is a self-taught photographer who has been exploring foreign lands and cultures from an early age. He first picked up a camera while serving an architectural internship in the Colonial city of Cuenca, Ecuador. This immediately developed into a passion for documenting the world around him.
Jeremy returned to the United States in order to finish a degree in architecture at the University of Colorado. Shortly thereafter, he embarked on a two year Peace Corps assignment in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho.
It was his experiences in Africa that would set in motion a career in photojournalism. Jeremy began to experience, "through the lens," the varied landscapes and cultures he encountered across the continent. A sincere and intimate approach to the people he photographs shines through in every image. In addition to making a return trip to Africa in 2007, Jeremy has also been documenting various aspects of the American West. Today he is working as a professional photojournalist for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe.
Jeremy resides in the mountains outside of Durango, Colorado, with his loyal dog Eddy.
For two decades, Tony Stromberg made his mark as a very successful advertising photographer. However, a quiet but gnawing voice eventually drew Tony out of his commercial roots and deep into the soul of the West. What Tony had gained in reputation, he felt he was losing in his quality of life.
Just before the turn of the millenium, he started his pilgrimage away from the frenetic world of advertising and into a world possessing a different respect for nature and the land... a world expansive enough to hold a deep-rooted meaning and purpose for both himself and his newly-discovered partner, the horse.
Introduced only seven years ago to horses, he has spent much of his time since then getting to learn the nuances and habits of his most beloved equine companions in their natural environment. “The spirit of the horse”, quotes Tony, “is a magnificent teacher to humanity.” In both their physical, as well as their archetypal form, horses help to bring us back to something wild and unrestrained, reminding us of a sense of freedom that many of us have forgotten. They teach us about honesty and authenticity, because they know no other way of being. They teach us about collaboration over dominance. And they teach us to respect and honor the unknown, rather than fear it and try to destroy it.
Tony’s work is an homage to the equine spirit, and a celebration of their remarkable presence in our lives.
Oftentimes referred to as “visual poetry”, his images truly embrace and reveal the incredible beauty and grace of the horse. Tony has just completed his first book of equine photography,Spirit Horses, which will be published this Fall by New World Library.
Lenny Foster's photography career began in 1993 after his first trip to the southwest. The small body
of work he created during that trip was well received and that it inspired him to hang up his coat and
tie and leave the automobile business in The Washington, DC area and head west in pursuit of "the
This self-taught photographer travelled the many roads of Northern New Mexico is search of the
"quiet moments", during which many images were created. Since then there have been many of those
moments. His travels to West Africa, the south Pacific, Mexico, the Caribbean and the Bahamas has
afforded him opportunities to see first hand how spirit is reflected in the landscape, architecture and
in the faces and hands of people of every culture.
Lenny has lived in and loved Taos, New Mexico for the last 16 years and has owned and operated his
Living Light studio/ gallery for the last 10. His work has been purchased By the state of New Mexico
art in public places on three occasions and he is in the permanent collection of The Muhammad Ali
Center in Louisville Kentucky. Lenny has been published in state wide and national publications and
has been recognized in Taos as one of the Fall Arts Festival "Living Masters".
Lenny's projects include "The Dreamtime of Horses" and "The way of the Heart" sunflower series,
formally self-published as calendars are both collaborations with renowned poet Dora Mcquaid
(www.doramcquaid.com). The two collections are books in progress. His Healing hands series of
images will also be a fine art book published in 2010.