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Amadeo Sandoval's Living Room, Río Lucío, New Mexico
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© Alex Harris
Gift of Nancy and Bruce Berman

Alex Harris
American, New Mexico, Negative June 1985; Print 1993
Chromogenic print
17 15/16 x 22 9/16 in.
98.XM.214.4

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No church or temple or sanctuary had ever captivated me like Amadeo's home. He sanctified his rooms with icons of apostles, saints, and family photographs. Stars, flowers and hearts celebrated the many colored and carved crosses. In a rainbow of hues on walls, furniture, appliances and chairs, Amadeo depicted a loving and merciful God. --Alex Harris

Alex Harris portrays the carpenter Amadeo Sandoval by photographing his home. Harris's intense color photography reveals the harmonies of a sparsely furnished adobe room with softly washed blue walls and a large chair draped with brightly colored fabric beside a yellow vinyl kitchen seat.

Harris memorialized the vivid color schemes of his neighbors' homes and the high desert landscapes of northern New Mexico in his series Red White Blue and God Bless You , published in 1992, and named after an inscription on the wall of Amadeo's kitchen.