I moved to Burque back in 2004 and quickly fell in love with it. One of the things I love is it's history. The flow of people and cultures through New Mexico over the centuries is truly amazing. I was lucky enough to come across a treasure trove of glass negatives that were taken by an Albuquerque portrait studio back in the 1900s - 1920s a few years ago. I picked up a few hundred of them over the course of several months and began to do web research (aka "obsessed over them") trying to figure out the studio that took them and identify and locate some of the people that are in them. Trips to the Albuquerque Museum, Special Collections Library, and the SW Center for Research soon followed. I now believe they were taken by Cobb Studios - a studio that at the time these images were taken was owned and operated by a woman - Eddie Ross Cobb. Eddie was the daughter of Edmund Ross - a Territorial Governor of NM. I have also located and spoken to a few descendants of people in my images.
Over this course of this crazy obsession I also started taking these images and mixing them with my own photography. The resulting series is now on display at The Wooden Cow Gallery and Art Space
- check it out this month!
Also at the Cow I have copies of all of the scans of the negatives in my collection. I am hoping to find some more connections this way - a sampling of the last names of the people that populate these images - Padilla, Sandoval, Sigala, Seligman, Austin, Sherman, Dolan, Walker, Sena, Gonzalez, Lucero, Griego, Candelaria, Chavez and Sanchez. These will there the entire month of July - please stop by the next time you're in the NE Heights - or come to the opening this Friday!