Andrew Smith Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition: The Devil’s Highway: On the Road in The American West. For close to 50 years Joan Myers has been exploring and photographing the American West and has been showing at the Andrew Smith Gallery for nearly 30 years. Much of this time Myers lived in Santa Fe where the Andrew Smith Gallery had been located since the early 80s until its move to Tucson in 2018. Joan was a frequent visitor to Tucson and in 2022, relocated to Tucson permanently.
Originally trained in musicology at Stanford University, she became interested in non-silver photographic processes in the 1970s. She moved to Santa Fe in 1980 and began an impressive series of photographic projects, most of which have resulted in books. Her projects have ranged from the Santa Fe Trail, portraits of aging women, the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, Antarctica, Japanese internment camps in the US, the Salton Sea in southern California, worldwide volcanic sites in her series Fire & Brimstone, and the frontier settlement of Pie Town, New Mexico. Myers has said of her work, “I don’t do portraits or social commentary. What interests me is living — the way human beings affect the landscape in which they live. My job is to see clearly.”
Devil’s Highway – On the Road in the American West
December 10, 2022 – January 28, 2023
Andrew Smith Gallery
330 South Convent Avenue, Tucson, AZ, USA