Las Trampas, New Mexico

Object Details

Title:

Las Trampas, New Mexico

Artist/Maker(s):

Alex Harris (American, born 1949)

Culture:

American

Place(s):

United States (Place created)

Las Trampas, New Mexico, United States (Place depicted)

Date:

negative March 1984; print 1993

Medium:

Chromogenic print

Dimensions:

46.4 x 58.2 cm (18 1/4 x 22 15/16 in.)

Copyright:

© Alex Harris

Credit Line:

Gift of Nancy and Bruce Berman

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Color emerges very subtly in this nearly all white snowscape, with the green of the scattered hay in the middle ground bringing out the green of the nearly black piñon bushes dotting the hillside. Alex Harris had initially feared that his photographs would be too dependent on color, but this composition relies more on the subtle shadows and contrasts of an engraving. The series to which this print belongs, "Red White Blue and God Bless You," marked his first use of color, instead of black-and-white photography, to document northern New Mexico.

Exhibitions
William Eggleston and the Color Tradition (October 26, 1999 to January 30, 2000)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), October 26, 1999 to January 30, 2000