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‘Choosing the ideas that we want to share’

“In fidelity, I walk with impunity” by Corn Wagon Thunder.

Copyright © 2021 Albuquerque Journal

Sage Paisner set out to provide a space to give artists opportunities.

Enter Foto Forum Santa Fe.

Paisner created the nonprofit to provide an artistic space to explore the current relationship between photography, storytelling, science and technology through artist exhibitions, workshops, visiting artist lectures, research and community outreach.

Paisner and other members are celebrating its second annual members exhibition, which runs through March 28 at Foto Forum Santa Fe, 1714 Paseo de Peralta.

“With this being our second annual show, it’s amazing to see the support from all of our artists,” Paisner says. “Our mission has always been to provide solo shows for artists. What we’ve done is taken some time to recognize our members.”

The exhibition includes over 40 original photographic works by 28 Foto Forum Santa Fe members.

Paisner says the majority of the members are from New Mexico, though its reach is national.

Foto Forum Santa Fe opened in November 2017 and has built its reputation on artist representation.

“melodrama” by Andre Ramos-Woodard

The nonprofit 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, such as platinum palladium, wet plate and cyanotype, as well as traditional b&w gelatin silver and digital prints.

Paisner enjoys offering a different avenue for photographers in Santa Fe.

“We are grassroots and that’s the biggest challenge,” he says. “Being able to show art and photographers that are more conceptual and contemporary is the goal. I’m not choosing artists. I’m choosing the ideas that we want to share.”

With the current exhibit made up of members, Paisner is humbled.

“It feels really great to have people want to be involved in this space for photographers and their work,” he says. “I feel like creating Foto Forum has opened up a different lane for artists. We offer workshops, as well as having a full, working darkroom.”

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