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Exhibit features 20th century images of Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A unique visual perspective titled “Everyday People: The Photography of Clarence E. Redman” is set to open at the Albuquerque Museum on Saturday.

It features the voluminous work of a pioneering mid-20th century Albuquerque commercial photographer who worked for newspapers and an ad agency before setting up his own studio here in 1933, organizers said in a news release.

He is noted for capturing a wide array of activities that made up everyday life in Albuquerque.

bright spot“Clarence Redman had the unique ability to identify people and tell a story through his photographs,” said digital archivist Jillian Hartke, who curated the installation, in a statement.

“Due to his background in journalism, he made sure to include many details with each photo,” she said. “Because Redman captured a wide range of events in Albuquerque, we are able to catch a glimpse of what life was like in the city during the ’40s and ’50s.”

The installation is drawn from the Albuquerque Museum Photo Archives permanent collection.

Throughout the 1930s, Redman honed his photography skills. He described the evolution of his work to the Albuquerque Journal in 1938: “(I) used to just point the camera and let it click but now, oh it’s very different. First you measure the distance, then the timing, to say nothing of the exposure and focus, angle, position.”

Redman, who was known for taking hundreds of photos to get just the right one, was in demand throughout the city.

Redman found himself as the subject of a LIFE Magazine article in 1952. On his way to photograph a wedding, Redman stopped at a red light and saw what appeared to be two flying saucers hovering over Tijeras Canyon, east of the city. LIFE interviewed and photographed him for an article titled “Have We Visitors from Space?” in which the magazine highlighted 10 UFO sightings and had the Air Force evaluate them.

Redman died in Albuquerque on Jan. 12, 1970. He is buried in Santa Fe National Cemetery.

The Albuquerque Museum, 2000 Mountain NW, is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Mondays.

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