JACK PARSONS

I was born in New York City where I returned after college ( B.A. and M.A. in English Lit.). After working in publishing in N.Y., I went to film school in London and eventually was hired as a scriptwriter on a proposed New Mexican feature film. The film didn’t happen but I fell in love with New Mexico–this was in the early seventies which were heady times in Taos and the beginning of my longtime interest and fascination with Hispanic culture.  After our second child was born, my wife and I moved to Santa Fe where I formed a small film company with a partner, producing the N.M. Bicentennial film and a series of documentaries on Hispanic life funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. After that grant money dried up I switched to documentary stills photography and to working on “style”  books like Santa Fe Style, Santa Fe Houses, True West and Native America,  along with magazine work and  stock sales. My real interest, though, was in creating more personal and New Mexico oriented books like Straight from The Heart (on traditional Hispanic Musicians), The Chile Chronicles and Low ‘n Slow, Lowriding in New Mexico, all with writer Carmella Padilla. Recently, I have been doing my own books, Dark Beauty ( photos of New Mexico) and Iluminaciones (photos from Southeast Asia, India, Europe, and the U.S.). These are the type of books I will continue to pursue along with exhibits of old and new work.

jack@jackparsonsphoto.com  www.jackparsonsdigital.com 505-474-4704