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Celedonio Gallegos's House, Llano de San Juan, New Mexico
Alex Harris (American, born 1949)
negative June 1985; print 1994
47 x 58.6 cm (18 1/2 x 23 1/16 in.)
© Alex Harris
Gift of Nancy and Bruce Berman
In presenting Caledonio Gallego's vibrantly decorated bedroom, Alex Harris revealed an individual's daily life as well as his human presence. After several months of living and working in a small Hispanic village in northern New Mexico, Harris realized that the photographs he made of his neighbors' vividly decorated living rooms, bedrooms, and kitchens were as descriptive of their inhabitants as any conventional portrait. As a result, he began to focus less on the human subject in his photographs and more on the way a lived-in space betrays a specific presence.