title: Bear with Cub
artist: Eugene Tapahe (Navajo)
Silver halide print, signed limited edition 1/100
image size: 30.5cm x 30.5cm
EUGENE TAPAHE (Navajo/Diné)
“I have always loved photography, from the first time I picked up the camera. I knew I had a calling for telling stories through my images … I have been blessed with great friends and mentors that have guided and opened my eyes to the art of photography; a world of light and beauty. They have inspired me to unify my spirit with Mother Earth and to photograph what I see with my heart.” ET
Award-winning photographer and writer Eugene Tapahe spent the first six years of his life with his grandmother, living off the land and practicing the traditional ways of their ancestors. This lesson in the importance of harmony between Mother Earth and man is what he aims to communicate to us all through his art. He strives to capture the landscape and people of the Southwest, using the camera as a lens to see the presence of his ancestors around him once again.
Eugene Tapahe graduated in 1992 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Brigham Young University. Since then he has exhibited his work in specialist venues and festivals across the United States, including the 2015 Smithsonian National Museum Indian Market in Washington, DC.