For me, photography is a means to an end – a deeper understanding of myself and the world.
~ Don J. Usner
Don J. Usner was born in Embudo, New Mexico, and grew up in Los Alamos and Chimayó. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and environmental studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and a master’s degree in geography at the University of New Mexico. He has authored and provided the photographs for several books, and has photographed the land and the people of New Mexico for many years...
Photo by Amadeus Leitner
The Chimayó native brings a local’s keen eye and intimate understanding of the region to his photography, which has been widely published in books and magazines.
~ The Santa Fe New Mexican
While Don is well known for his documentation of New Mexico places and people, he has also traveled widely to make photographs of diverse locales in the Americas and Europe.
This is a book only an artist born in the heart of a culture could have written and photographed. It is a cultural treasure, a gift to the world coming from a refined heart and mind serving forth stories about politics, agriculture, religion, festivals, ghosts, witchcraft, and family.
~ The Literary Gardner