Annual New Mexico Photo Art Show

Welcome to the Enchanted Lens Camera Club

Our next meeting will be on
Thursday, May 1st at 6:30 pm

Our Speaker will be
Michael P. Berman

Michael Berman

Michael Berman

Michael will have signed copies of his book Gila–Radical Visions, the Enduring Silence available to purchase at the meeting. Additionally, both he and former NFL star and author Pat Toomay, who has written about Michael and who traveled with Michael in the Gila and wrote one of the essays in Radical Visions, will be available to talk to folks and to sign books.

Michael Berman has spent almost thirty years photographing the arid border regions of the American Southwest. A resident of New Mexico, he is fascinated by the land and how people use and value it, an interest that grew out of his studies in biology at Colorado College (B.A., 1979), his work there with James Enderson on peregrine falcons, and his initial forays into landscape photography. During a subsequent year taking art courses at the University of Colorado, he realized that photography merged his ecological interests and his need for creativity, and he moved on to Arizona State University, where he earned an M.F.A. in photography in 1985. At that time he was creating paintings and installations using his cut-up photographs and negatives. After an intitial installation at the University of Colorado in 1985, he went on the road across America. The resulting portfolio was acquired by the Harry Ransom Research Center; subsequently his works were acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, among several other institutions. A review in Art in America, a Visual Artist Fellowship from the Arizona Commission on the Arts for painting, and a Wurlitzer Foundation Fellowship quickly followed.

But believing he was losing his focus, he and his wife moved to the virtual wilderness around the Gila River, near the New Mexico-Mexico border. He took part in the New Mexico BLM Wilderness Photography Survey in 1996 and became a founding board member of the Gila Resource Information Project in 1997. His treks in the desert regions, with and without his camera, eventually led to a three-year Fellowship from the Southwest Center of the University of Arizona to photograph the Gran Desierto, on the southwestern border of Arizona and Sonora, an area he had been visiting since 1978. That project led to his first publications: Sunshot (Univ. of Arizona Press, 2006), with text by Bill Broyles, and Inferno, with text by Charles Bowden (Univ. of Texas Press, 2006). Both books were honored as among the Southwest Books of the Year by the Pima County Public Library and Arizona Historical Society, and each was given a Southwest Book Award by the Border Regional Library Association of El Paso. Inferno is the first in the projected trilogy The History of the Future to be published by the University of Texas, with text by Mr. Bowden; Exodus (2008), with Juarez photographer Julian Cardona, is the second. His Guggenheim Fellowship will help support his work on the third installment–photographs of the Chihuahuan Desert–titledTrinity, which Mr. Berman expects will take seven years to complete.

Your can see more of his work at

The objective of the Enchanted Lens Camera Club is to provide enjoyment and knowledge of photography to its members through their participation and efforts in club activities.

Doors open by 6:30 pm, presentation starts at 7:00 pm. If you are interested in joining, please arrive early! See the Meetings page for details about our bi-monthly meetings. Our meetings are open to the public and free to attend!

Membership entitles you to:

  • Workshops
  • Field Trips
  • Having your photos evaluated in monthly exhibitions
  • Communicating with members via our email list

Anyone interested in the practice of photography is eligible for membership.

Membership dues are $50.00 per year for individuals and $75.00 per year for couples or an additional family member. ELCC offers a reduced membership rate of $25 to students.

New members will pay a pro-rated amount covering the remainder of the year if they join after the start of the club year.

The dues pay for:

  • Speakers and Judges Honoraria
  • Monthly and End-Of-Year Awards
  • State Incorporation Fees
  • Meeting Facility Rental fees

See Club Info for more details about yearly dues and club by-laws.

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