Susan Brandt Graham
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About Susan Brandt Graham
Susan Brandt Graham is an award winning photographic artist offering a unique view into the creative feminine mind. Formally trained as a social anthropologist (PhD), and board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology (MD), she has taught Anthropology at the university level and had a private Ob-Gyn practice until retiring from clinical medicine. Living in the "Land of Enchantment," she is never at a loss for photographic subjects. Photo essays and conceptual photography remain her major interests.
However, a DNA test done "just for fun" yielded wildly unexpected results for the physician who had used DNA in her practice for prenatal diagnosis and paternity determination, as well as for the anthropologist who had seen the interpretations of human migrations turned upside-down when DNA analysis became available in the latter part of the 20th Century. Watch for her memoir, "Reluctant Daughter of Texas," in both Kindle and paperback formats, coming in Fall 2018.
In "Seeing Color Colorblind" she uses the art and technology of digital photography to unlock the fascinating world seen through the eyes of her son and father, both with severe red color deficiencies. Intrigued since the early 1970's with how the two of them could watch a football game on a black and white television and discuss "the blue team and the yellow team," she solved the mystery as she worked on "seeing color colorblind."
"Persephone's Choice: Every Woman's Dilemma" combined her background in social anthropology and medicine with conceptual portraiture to discuss "being female."
Her photo essays with New Mexico themes are Observing Day of the Dead Albuquerque Style: "Lowriders," "Beliefs, Culture, Politics," and "Celebrating Life;" and "Cooper's Hawk Courtship Display," and the three-volume set for "Observing Day of the Dead Albuquerque Style."
Titles By Susan Brandt Graham
Lowriders "Low and slow" and show...The iconic lowrider of today's Hispanic culture is ubiquitous in Northern New Mexico, and can be seen throughout the state at many celebrations, parades, and a host of events. A lowrider is a vehicle modified so that its ground clearance is less than its design specification. Not designed for speed, they are “low and slow.” They are designed for statements, however; the "show." Many have distinctive paint, decoration, and ornamentation. Most have been extensively modified with hydraulics so that they can be raised and lowered for various effects. Some are engineering marvels.
The images in this volume demonstrate a range of lowriders observed in the Marigold Parade, a Day of the Dead observance held in Albuquerque's South Valley early in November.
Beliefs, Culture, Politics Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, began in Mexico before the arrival of the Spanish. It is not "Mexican Halloween," but a day marked by welcoming the spirits of the departed for joyous celebration with the living. Albuquerque, New Mexico's public Day of the Dead observances, typified by the Marigold Parade, express and reinforce the beliefs, culture, and politics of the South Valley Hispanic community. Day of the Dead celebrations as popular events are becoming common throughout the Southwest. Albuquerque's Marigold Parade has, thus far, managed to avoid commercial entanglements that would limit the expression. It is an event for "Honoring the Dead, Loving the Living."This volume, Part 2, looks at belief, culture, and politics as expressed in recent Marigold Parades.
Celebrating Life examines in the major public observance of Dia de los Muertos in Albuquerque, the Marigold Parade. Designed to immerse the reader in the feel and spirit of the the day, this photo essay contains 69 images, photographed during the 2012 and 2013 parades in Albuquerque's South Valley. Unlike the parades and activities now seen in many other Southwestern cities, the Marigold Parade is not commercial and reflects the community in which it takes place. It is uniquely Albuquerque.
All parts of "Observing Day of the Dead Albuquerque Style" are included in the series, "As Seen in New Mexico..."
The images in this volume demonstrate a range of lowriders observed in the Marigold Parade, a Day of the Dead observance held in Albuquerque's South Valley early in November. This is Book 2 in the Series, "As Seen in New Mexico..." and the first of several volumes on the topic of Observing Day of the Dead Albuquerque Style.
Available in paperback and Kindle editions.
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While photo essays and conceptual portraiture are the main focus of the author's photographic work today, her interest in digital photography began with roses. An ARS Accredited Horticulture Judge and now Accredited Arrangement Judge Emeritus, she was the first Photography Chairman in the Pacific Southwest District of the ARS(2009-2012) and at that time she wrote the PSWD Guidelines for Judging Rose Photography.
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