Well-traveled photojournalist, Kevin Bubriski, to talk about new book on Saturday in Manchester


MANCHESTER >> Globe-trotting photographer Kevin Bubriski will talk about his new photography documentation of Hispanic New Mexicans in Albuquerque and Santa Fe between 1981 and 1983 at the Northshire Bookstore on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Bubriski captures the gritty sense of reality of the natives provoking a wistfulness of New Mexico in the book "Look Into My Eyes, Nuevomexicanos por Vida 81-83" published by the Museum of New Mexico Press.

"It's like a time capsule of a particular place at a particular time," he said. "The style of photography was different from what we do now with an iPhone or digital camera. A lot of people feel nostalgia when they see the photos."

His exhibitions range from The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the International Center of Photography to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris. Bubriski worked in Nepal for nine years and also traveled to India, Tibet and Bangladesh, which inspired photography, according to his website.

Bubriski got his bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, and a master's degree from Bennington College in 1997. He works as a documentary photographer, but has also taught at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., Green Mountain College, Bennington College, Harvard University, Hallmark Institute, Oklahoma Arts Institute and at Nepal Photographic Workshops.

While studying film for three years, Bubriski lived in New Mexico. Naturally curious, he was influenced by his uncle who traveled the world as a glaciologist. After college, Bubriski joined the Peace Corps and spent four years in Nepal, which is when he started documenting his surroundings.

"Lately, in my adult life, I've done a lot of assignment work," he said. "That's different from being a tourist because you have to get right in and get to work — it's not about what restaurants there are or having tourist itinerary items, but finding the images to accompany a story."

His portfolios include work from Alergia, a demolition derby in Rutland, a trip to Egypt in 2006, the American streets from 2001 to 2009, the Venezia Carnival and Pakistan in 2008.

After returning to Vermont from various foreign locations, Bubriski may see the states in a different light, but acknowledges that his current location is convenient to travel to nearby cities such as New York City or Boston. He grew up in Williamstown, Mass., and appreciates the community as well as the beauty of neighboring Vermont.

Bubriski will present 40 images from his new book in a slide show. He will also share stories from his experience, take questions, and talk about photographing with black and white film and how to work in a dark room.

In 2000, Bubriski made the switch from film cameras to digital cameras, according to NewsOK. His last piece of analog portrayed Occupy Wall Street in New York City on Columbus Day weekend.

The Northshire Bookstore is located at 4869 Main St. in Manchester and Bubriski's new book can be purchased at all major distributors. More work can be found on kevinbubriski.com

—Makayla-Courtney McGeeney can be reached at (802)-447-7567, ext. 118.


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