The Friends are very excited to announce the May 2016 Artist in Resident, Emmitt Booher. The Artist in Residence Program educates and promotes the appreciation, protections and preservation of natural and cultural resources on public lands. The residency provides an artist and public an opportunity to interact to better enhance the understanding of the public lands as well as the unique qualities an artists eye can capture.
Emmitt Booher was born in eastern New Mexico. He spent his childhood living and working on a small ranch, which he credits with cultivating his appreciation of the landscape, history, and people of New Mexico.
Emmitt is a full time photographer. He regularly volunteers his photography skills to non-profit and conservation organizations, most notably Hawk’s Aloft and the Dona Ana Arts Council. He has exhibited in group and dual shows in Texas and New Mexico. The 2015 New Mexico Magazine Photography contest awarded him second place in the people category. Currently he is showing work at NM Vintage Wine in Mesilla, New Mexico and The Tularosa Basin Gallery of Photography in Carrizozo, New Mexico.
Emmitt’s photographic training with film based cameras, including 4×5 field cameras, and darkroom processing was invaluable as he transitioned to working with digital cameras and printing. His goal is to present photography as an artistic medium that not only documents but evokes mindfulness and contemplation within the observer. Influenced by work of the masters of American photography, Emmitt’s black and white imagery is a natural choice in which to present his work.
Emmitt and his Wife have resided in the Mesilla Valley since 1990. They currently live in Mesilla with their two rescue dogs, Diego and Frida.