Las Trampas, New Mexico
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© Alex Harris
Gift of Nancy and Bruce Berman

Alex Harris
American, New Mexico, Negative, 1984; Print, 1993
Chromogenic print
20 x 24 in.

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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.