The El Norte Photographic Portrait Project will travel to Los Alamos on Friday – Los Alamos Reporter


Since 2012, the Santa Fe Mobile Art Space has been traveling the state of New Mexico working on a statewide photographic portraiture project, E Pluribus Unum. The mobile gallery is set up as a mobile black and white photography studio. Visitors bring an item of personal significance and sit for a portrait, holding their special item.

Prints are made immediately using Axle’s solar-powered printer. One copy is given to the participant, another is stuck outside the Axle mobile art space. During each iteration of the project, the exhibition grows to include many hundreds or thousands of portraits. At the end of each project, a book of the portraits and accompanying writings is published and the portraits are exhibited in local museums and art spaces.

Each E Pluribus Unum project visits and documents a different part of the state. E Pluribus Unum: El Norte will visit communities spread across North Central and Northeast New Mexico, starting August 26e until October 11e2022. In the summer of 2023, the portraits will be exhibited at the Taos Center for the Arts.

Former E Pluribus Unum projects were created in Santa Fe (2012), Albuquerque (2014), Dinétah (2016), and southeastern New Mexico (2018).

E Pluribus Unum: El Norte will be in these communities: Los Alamos, Espanola, Santa Clara, Pojoaque, Ohkay Owingeh, Chimayo, Raton, Clayton, Chimayo, Truchas, Dixon, Peñasco, El Prado, Questa, Costilla, Taos, Solano, Tucumcari, Las Vegas, Abiquiu, Shama and Dulce.

TIMETABLE: The exact dates and locations are still in progress. Check the website for updates.


LOS ALAMOS – August 26

downtown by Ruby K’s 12-4 p.m. and Summer Concert Series, Ashley Pond, 6-9 p.m.

SANTA CLARA – August 27

10 a.m.-1 p.m. Puyé (or the casino) consult the website

CHIMAYO – August 27

2-5pm Benny Chavez Community Center

ESPANOLA – August 28

El Paragua/El Parasol 9am-11am

POJOAQUE – August 28

Poeh Cultural Center 12 p.m.-4 p.m.

ESPANOLA – August 29

Farmer’s market from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Arts in motion 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Michael E. Marquez