GRIP Board Member Berman Awarded Guggenheim

Michael Berman self-portrait-1

GRIP congratulates founding board member Michael Berman on his recent receipt of a coveted Guggenheim Fellowship. The large-format photographer, who lives in the Mimbres Valley near San Juan, will use the grant to further his exploration and picturetaking in the northern Chihuahuan Desert, which extends roughly from Silver City deep into the Mexican state of Chihuahua and from near Tucson east toward the Big Bend area of Texas. In acknowledging his award, Berman said “it’s a great honor that [a review panel] from outside the region would think our landscape is significant.” In an essay accompanying his application, Berman described the Chihuahuan Desert as “a kind of puzzle” composed of many fragments. “What it could be, what it once was, is a beautiful mystery.”

Look for Premonitions, a new exhibit of the photographer’s work, at Silver City’s Blue Dome Gallery, 307 N. Texas St., from Sept. 20 to Nov. 17. Berman also will lead a pair of six-hour workshops on Sept. 20-21 in conjunction with the 4th annual Gila River Festival. For information about the latter or to sign up for a workshop, contact the Gila Conservation Coalition at 538.8078. Berman’s desert photographs can be viewed on-line at

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