Don Usner

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Celebrated native New Mexican photographer Don Usner has been making portraits of Lannan Foundation guest speakers since 1997. Usner has photographed hundreds of unique characters, capturing on film the personalities of famous writers, poets, Nobel Laureates and social activists. From Toni Morrison to Gore Vidal, Lawrence Ferlinghetti to Amy Goodman, and Susan Sontag to Robert Creeley and Cornel West, Usner’s subjects include many of the 20th Century’s most distinguished thinkers.

Don Usner (www.donusner.com) was born in Embudo, near Taos, New Mexico in 1957 and spent his youth in Los Alamos and Chimayó. His family has a long history in the Rio Grande Valley, and its landscape and history have been a significant inspiration in his photography. Usner’s work has been presented in several exhibitions and publications, including Sabino’s Map: Life in Chimayó’s Old Plaza and, with William deBuys, Valles Caldera: A Vision for New Mexico’s National Preserve, as well as a collection of folk tales told by his grandmother, Benigna’s Chimayó, Cuentos from the Old Plaza. Usner has served as Lannan Foundation’s official photographer since 1997.

During his three-week Lannan residency, Don Usner worked on a book documenting the cultural life of Chimayó, New Mexico. In his final report to the foundation he stated that “…rather than a simple recounting of facts or a catalogue of elements of place, I felt compelled to create semi-fictional vignettes. To produce them, I had to stretch my writing and imagining abilities in ways that I hadn’t anticipated.”

This forthcoming work will be published in both English and Spanish. When he is not writing, Mr. Usner works as a professional photographer. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Artwork

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Linh Dihn, Readings & Conversations, 2008

Medium: Archival pigment print on paper
Size: 20 x 16 inches
Date: 27 February 2008

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Terrance Hayes, Readings & Conversations, 2006

Medium: Archival pigment print on paper
Size: 20 x 16 inches
Date: 15 November 2006

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Lorrie Moore, Readings & Conversations, 2011

Medium: Archival pigment print on paper
Size: 20 x 16 inches
Date: 19 January 2011

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Breyten Breytenbach, Readings & Conversations, 2009

Medium: Archival pigment print on paper
Size: 20 x 16 inches
Date: 18 November 2009

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Mario Vargas Llosa, Readings & Conversations, 2006

Medium: Archival pigment print on paper
Size: 20 x 16 inches
Date: 5 April 2006

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Arundhati Roy, Readings & Conversations, 2010

Medium: Archival pigment print on paper
Size: 20 x 16 inches
Date: 24 March 2010

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> W.S. Merwin, Readings & Conversations, 2005

Medium: Archival pigment print on paper
Size: 20 x 16 inches
Date: 26 October 2005

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Michelle Alexander, Cultural Freedom, 2012

Medium: Archival pigment print on paper
Size: 12 x 15 inches
Date: 12 September 2012

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Wallace Shawn, Readings & Conversations, 1999

Medium: Archival pigment print on paper
Size: 16 x 20 inches
Date: 15 December 1999

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Lensic Theatre Marquee, Readings & Conversations, 1999

Medium: Archival pigment print on paper
Size: 16 x 20 inches
Date: 10 November 1999

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Howard Zinn and Patrick Lannan, Readings & Conversations, 2006

Medium: Archival pigment print on paper
Size: 20 x 16 inches
Date: 26 April 2006

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Junot Diaz, Readings & Conversations, 2009

Medium: Archival pigment print on paper
Size: 20 x 16 inches
Date: 21 January 2009

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Kay Ryan, Readings & Conversations, 2011

Medium: Archival pigment print on paper
Size: 20 x 16 inches
Date: 13 April 2011

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Mahmoud Darwish, Readings & Conversations, 2002

Medium: Archival pigment print on paper
Size: 20 x 16 inches
Date: 28 April 2002

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Joy Harjo, Readings & Conversations, 2005

Medium: Archival pigment print on paper
Size: 20 x 16 inches
Date: 12 October 2005

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Noam Chomsky, Readings & Conversations, 2005

Medium: Archival pigment print on paper
Size: 20 x 16 inches
Date: 26 January 2005

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Terry Tempest Williams, Readings & Conversations, 2007

Medium: Archival pigment print on paper
Size: 16 x 20 inches
Date: 30 May 2007

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Eduardo Galeano and Sebastiao Salgado, Readings & Conversations, 2000

Medium: Archival pigment print on paper
Size: 16 x 20 inches
Date: 3 November 2000

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Gary Snyder, Readings & Conversations, 2007

Medium: Archival pigment print on paper
Size: 20 x 16 inches
Date: 23 May 2007

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> John McPhee, Readings & Conversations, 2010

Medium: Archival pigment print on paper
Size: 16 x 20 inches
Date: 10 November 2010

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Nicholson Baker, Readings & Conversations, 2010

Medium: Archival pigment print on paper
Size: 20 x 16 inches
Date: 19 January 2010

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Naomi Klein, Cultural Freedom, 2007

Medium: Archival pigment print on paper
Size: 20 x 16 inches
Date: 12 December 2007

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Amiri Baraka, Readings & Conversations, 2009

Medium: Archival pigment print on paper
Size: 20 x 16 inches
Date: 9 May 2009

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Carlos Fuentes, Readings & Conversations, 2001

Medium: Archival pigment print on paper
Size: 20 x 16 inches
Date: 13 September 2001

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Cornelius Eady, Readings & Conversations, 2006

Medium: Archival pigment print on paper
Size: 20 x 16 inches
Date: 15 November 2006

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Jeremy Scahill, Cultural Freedom, 2011

Medium: Archival pigment print on paper
Size: 20 x 16 inches
Date: 2 February 2011

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Tariq Ali & Avi Lewis, Cultural Freedom, 2011

Medium: Archival pigment print on paper
Size: 16 x 20 inches
Date: 26 October 2011

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Andrew Bacevich, Readings & Conversations, 2010

Medium: Archival pigment print on paper
Size: 20 x 16 inches
Date: 21 April 2010

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Annie Proulx, Readings & Conversations, 2008

Medium: Archival pigment print on paper
Size: 20 x 16 inches
Date: 4 June 2008

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> T.C. Boyle, Readings & Conversations, 2006

Medium: Archival pigment print on paper
Size: 20 x 16 inches
Date: 10 May 2006

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> John Nichols, Readings & Conversations, 2007

Medium: Archival pigment print on paper
Size: 20 x 16 inches
Date: 3 October 2007

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Jimmy Santiago Baca, Readings & Conversations, 2010

Medium: Archival pigment print on paper
Size: 20 x 16 inches
Date: 15 September 2010

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Isabelle Allende, Readings & Conversations, 2008

Medium: Archival pigment print on paper
Size: 20 x 16 inches
Date: 24 September 2008

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Chris Hedges, Cultural Freedom, 2011

Medium: Archival pigment print on paper
Size: 20 x 16 inches
Date: 17 May 2011

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Rita Dove, Readings & Conversations, 2003

Medium: Archival pigment print on paper
Size: 20 x 16 inches
Date: 5 November 2003

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Dinaw Mengestu, Readings & Conversations, 2011

Medium: Archival pigment print on paper
Size: 20 x 16 inches
Date: 16 November 2011

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Binyavanga Wainaina, Readings & Conversations, 2011

Medium: Archival pigment print on paper
Size: 20 x 16 inches
Date: 28 September 2011

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Joe Sacco, Readings & Conversations, 2011

Medium: Archival pigment print on paper
Size: 20 x 16 inches
Date: 18 May 2011

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Salman Rushdie, Readings & Conversations, 2005

Medium: Archival pigment print on paper
Size: 20 x 16 inches
Date: 5 October 2005

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Yiyun Li, Readings & Conversations, 2012

Medium: Archival pigment print on paper
Size: 20 x 16 inches
Date: 12 May 2010

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Readings & Conversations, 2011

Medium: Archival pigment print on paper
Size: 20 x 16 inches
Date: 28 September 2011

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Leslie Marmon Silko, Readings & Conversations, 2005

Medium: Archival pigment print on paper
Size: 20 x 16 inches
Date: 12 October 2005

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Jhumpa Lahiri, Readings & Conversations, 2009

Medium: Archival pigment print on paper
Size: 20 x 16 inches
Date: 15 April 2009

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Eamon Grennan, Readings & Conversations, 2008

Medium: Archival pigment print on paper
Size: 20 x 16 inches
Date: 13 February 2008

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> A. L. Kennedy, Readings & Conversations Author, 2010

Medium: Archival pigment print on paper
Size: 20 x 16 inches
Date: 20 October 2010

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Tariq Ali, Readings & Conversations Author, 2002

Medium: Black and white photograph
Size: 12 x 15 inches

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Terrance Hayes, Readings & Conversations Author, 2006

Medium: Black and white photograph
Size: 12 x 15 inches

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Salman Rushdie, Readings & Conversations Author, 2002

Medium: Black and white photograph
Size: 12 x 15 inches

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Scott Russell Sanders, Readings & Conversations Author, 2002

Medium: Black and white photograph
Size: 12 x 15 inches

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Seamus Heaney, Readings & Conversations Author, 2002

Medium: Black and white photograph
Size: 12 x 15 inches

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Don Usner elsewhere on Lannan.org

Don Usner, (Residency)
The Faces of Lannan: Celebrating 15 Years of Lannan Events in Santa Fe, (Art)