News for Thursday, July 26, 2012

Photography Exhibit—Underscore_Views: Photograms, Pinhole_Photographs, and Stereoscopic_Views

Photography Exhibit, SAR Boardroom Hallway

July 27, 2012–February 28, 2013, 10:00 am–4:00 pm weekdays

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Guadalupe Pueblo, a Chacoan Outlier, Rio Puerco Valley

Now in its second century of operation, the School for Advanced Research (SAR) is excited to announce an exhibit that showcases photographic processes from its early beginnings. In the early twentieth century, many photographers and artists utilized processes and techniques like photograms to make ethereal images with light-sensitive materials such as photographic paper, pinhole cameras to capture a unique angle of architecture, and stereoscopic cameras to help the viewers remember forgotten places of past centuries. In Underscore_Views: Photograms, Pinhole_Photographs, and Stereoscopic_Views, three SAR staff members, who are also photographers (Jessica Calzada, Jon Lewis, and
Jason S. Ordaz), evoke these processes from the twentieth century and share provocative moments of the twenty-first.

Starting July 27th, the exhibit will be open between 10:00 am–4:00 pm, Monday through Friday, in the administration building on the SAR campus.

For more information, please contact Jason Ordaz, Multimedia Designer, at (505) 954-7264 or by e-mail at multimedia[at]

About the Artists

Jessica Calzada, Photogramist

Jessica Calzada was born and raised on California’s Monterey Peninsula. At an early age, she became captivated by an autographed book on the coffee table of her home entitled, Ansel Adams: Portfolios—thus began her journey as an explorer of light and tonality. Calzada formally brought photography into her life more than twenty years ago, building her first darkroom at age fourteen and has enjoyed the privilege of working in the professional darkrooms of both Ansel Adams and Patrick Jablonski. In 2009, she relocated to Santa Fe with her family and built a new studio and darkroom at her El Dorado home. Two decades of dedicated darkroom ritual have led to new experimentations with her personal collection of botanical specimens and a desire to elevate an alternative photographic expression often overlooked—the Photogram. After years of photographing the landscape around her with view cameras, Calzada feels her new process enables her to “photograph” the landscape within. Calzada is on staff at the School for Advanced Research, where she serves as executive assistant to the president.

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Jason S. OrdazJason S. Ordaz
Jason S. Ordaz

Jon Lewis, Pinhole Photographer

Jon Lewis was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico. As a teenager, he took a class in black-and-white photography and has been exploring it ever since. He is a versatile user of photographic media and works meticulously, taking each process and technique to its limits. Along with making his own pinhole cameras, his methods include historic processes, traditional black and white, and digital photography. Lewis is currently studying Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of New Mexico. Lewis is on staff at the School for Advanced Research, where he serves as multimedia programmer.

Jason S. Ordaz, Stereo Photographer

Jason S. Ordaz was born and raised in East Los Angeles, California. Ordaz discovered stereo photography through the classic View-Master as a child, then later behind the lenses of a stereo camera as an adult. The stereo camera is best described in a 1953 Stereo Realist ad as “The camera that ‘sees’ the same as you—in 3 dimensions.” 3-D (also known as stereoscopy) is the way he chooses to photograph Southwestern landscapes, Pueblo ruins, and rock art. Photographing with his medium format stereo camera, he often utilizes infrared film, which yields surrealistic scenes of material culture in the American Southwest. Ordaz is on staff at the School for Advanced Research, where he serves as staff photographer and multimedia designer.

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