June 25, 2017 Taos, New Mexico

The Harwood Museum of Art

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Saturday, September 23 - Saturday, December 30, 2006

Taosenos and Sojourners: The Photographs of Mildred Tolbert

Gallery: George E. Foster, Jr. Gallery of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
The Harwood Museum of Art presents the exhibition "Taoseos and Sojourners: The Photographs of Mildred Tolbert" organized by Harwood curator Margaret Bullock and artist and scholar Charles Strong. The exhibitionon view through December 30, 2006 includes over 25 photographs of Taos artists, prominent community members and visitors of note from the late 1940s through the early 1960s. Mildred Tolbert's black and white photographs range from portraits to documentary images of community events and private celebrations. This variety reflects her two career paths: as a commercial photographer and as an artist. Much of her work was shot using New Mexicos strong natural light giving her images unusual depth and tone and striking shadows. The photographs in the Harwood Museum exhibition were taken primarily in the 1950s and early 1960s when Tolbert was working with a 3 x 4 Soho Reflex camera, and later a Leica. They are primarily posed portraits but some casual snapshots are also included. Tolbert particularly loved working with artists stating: Id always felt drawn to them, liked their honesty and lack of pretension, and was trying to understand the creative process. I kept my prices low and never wanted a studio because I enjoyed going to their homes, seeing how they lived and relating with them. This interest and rapport comes through in her portraits which are compelling, honest, and often unexpectedly revealing images. A catalogue of Mildred Tolbert's work featuring photographs from the exhibition as well as numerous other works, is available for sale in the Museum Shop.