Please join us for Foto Forum Santa Fe’s launch party and art opening, Friday, November 24 from 5pm-8pm. Free and open to the public.
Foto Forum Santa Fe is non-profit artistic space located at 1716 Paseo de Peralta is dedicated to exploring the current relationship between photography, storytelling, science, and technology. Foto Forum Santa Fe aims to involve the
community through workshops, visiting artist lectures, research, and community outreach. The gallery/photo studio, and darkroom is equipped with a wide array of cameras and processing equipment to produce alternative processes, like platinum palladium, wet plate, and cyanotype, as well as traditional b&w gelatin silver, and digital prints. Foto Forum Santa Fe is committed to educating and providing opportunities to photographers to experience many different forms of analog and digital photography both historical and current.
Sage Paisner, the founder and executive director of Foto Forum Santa Fe, teaches mural printing, alternative processes, and exhibition design at CalArts where he earned his MFA in 2010, working with Allan Sekula, Joann Callis, Harry Gamboa Jr, Judy Fiskin, and others. He was a Visiting Artist in 2012-2013 at Boise State in Idaho, and was contributing faculty at the Film School at Santa Fe University of Art and Design, from 2015-2017. Paisner returned to Santa Fe to share his broad expertise and passion for photography, and raise his family in the town where he grew up. Paisner, also got his BFA in Studio Art from the University of New Mexico working with Joyce Neimanas, Patrick Nagatani, and Jim Stone, in 2006.
Paisner has a long commitment to teaching photography to young people, having taught as faculty at the California State Summer School for the Arts for the past 6 summers, and he intends to bring in young people to be mentored by him, and other internationally acclaimed photographers at the studio. For Foto Forum Santa Fe, he has planned an exciting season of exhibitions featuring world-renown photographers like Harry Gamboa, Jr., Judy Fiskin, Ashley Hunt, Augusta Wood, Andrew
Freeman and others, as well as local, New Mexican, and young emerging
The opening exhibit in November will show Paisner’s large-scale
gelatin silver mural prints, and platinum palladium, and wet plate
photos from his body of work entitled, “My Family is Everything/Mi Familia Es Toda” featuring portraits and landscapes of New Mexicans and New Mexico. Sage’s vision is to create a space where photographers can meet and work together to exchange ideas and processes of photography and visual story telling. Sage says, “I want to create a place in Santa Fe that is a center for new and exciting photography. New Mexico has a rich history of photography and photographers. Foto Forum Santa Fe will be a home to celebrate and expand photography in
the 21st century that is alternative, community centered, and internationally connected.”