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David Michael Kennedy &
Jacquelyn Rei


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PO Box 779
1179 Highway 554
El Rito, New Mexico 87530


Tour Stop # 9

traditional fine art photography, silver gelatin and platinum/palladium prints


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Artist Statement

My artist statement is in my body of work and how I live my simple life. I have always taught my students that when you pick up the camera, when you take a picture what you are really doing is saying, "yes" to life. My images are life speaking back to me. I hope they also speak to you.


The journey into the Carson National Forest leads you to the small village of El Rito where, on the Main street, sits an historic adobe house which is the home of legendary photographer David Michael Kennedy.

His body of work spans over 40 years and is held in both private and museum collections including The National Portrait Gallery, The Smithsonian Institution and The Hardwood Museum, among many others. His impressive and vast body of work includes iconic portraits of musicians, actors and artists. Visitors often find themselves stumbling onto recognizable pictures of Bob Dylan, Debbie Harry or Willie Nelson –pictures that they have known well and for years-but now have the opportunity to meet the artist and hear the stories behind the famous images.

Leaving New York and commercial photography in 1986 David Michael Kennedy moved to New Mexico and began to focus on his fine art photography. His name quickly became synonymous with New Mexican Landscapes and we are fortunate to see it through his eyes. His vision grew deeper as his work evolved into the exploration and documentation of cultural landscapes. Through hard won relationships developed over time Kennedy was granted permission to photograph American Indian Ceremonial Dancers. His portfolios of American Indian Dance Work not only captivate us with its strength and beauty, but is easily recognizable as an important body of work.

Kennedy’s images are materialized through the traditional analogue technique of Platinum/Palladium printing, of which he is widely considered to be one of the best in the world. He teaches private landscape, portrait and platinum/palladium darkroom. Students come from all over the globe to study with this master photographer and printer. His state of the art darkroom is open to visitors to tour and see first hand how and where his work is made.

Buffalo Hadden Valley

Our New Studio in El Rito

Henry Crow Dog

Nicholas' Cart




Storm Cloud



Taos Hoop Dancer

San Juan Eagle Dancer #1

Dylan Zuma Beach

Coyote Dancer Lakota Nation

San Juan Eagle Dancer

Taos Hoop Dancer #1


Debbie Harry

Sundance Lakota Nation

Wigwam Village Motel

Tesuque Buffalo Dancer #1

Frank's Place

Buffalo Hayden Valley, Yellowstone WY

San Isidro Mora

Tatanka, Custer South Dakota

Santa Rita Chapel

Tres Tecolotes

Skull at Midnight in Cornfield

Yellowstone River, Yellowstone WY

Swan Island Ferry

BackStreet Taos

Cerrillos, NM #1

Frank's Place

Mama D's, Arrowsic Island, Maine

Santa Rita Chapel, Rio Arriba County, NM

Rain, Luna County, NM

Bass Harbor Light House,
Bass Harbor, Maine

Baby, Ridgefield, CT

Joe Sylvia and Family

An American Family

Mr. Pacheco, Stanley, New Mexico

Russell Means, San Jose, New Mexico

Fedelino J. Salazar, Cerrillos February 1988

Debbie Harry (Blondie), NYC

Dylan October 1985 Zuma Beach California

Lauriano Anaya

Bruce Springsteen in Kitchen

Bob Dylan Zuma Beach California1985

Issac Stern

Leonard Peltier Levenworth Penitentiary
May 1989

Muddy Waters NYC 1980

Jesse Kennedy Christmas

Yo-Yo Ma