Join us for a fascinating moderated discussion between CHS curator, Erin Garcia and two photographers who use the historic and unique tintype process to create thought provoking images that challenge historic and contemporary perspectives of Native Americans. Ed Drew, the tintype photographer featured in our exhibition – Native Portraits: Contemporary Tintypes by Ed Drew - will discuss how he got into the field and the medium and about his project, The People of Klamath Falls. William Wilson, a Diné tintype photographer featured in museums like Portland Art Museum, Denver Art Museum, and galleries and museums all over the South and North West, will discuss how he got into photography, chose the tintype as his medium, and about his project, The Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange (CIPX).
Erin Garcia, Managing Curator at California Historical Society, will moderate the discussion.
Ed Drew was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and joined the military in 1999 2 days after his 18th birthday. He has served for 6 years in the active duty Air Force and 6 years in the California Air National Guard where he served as a Staff Sergeant and helicopter gunner on Combat Search and Rescue helicopters stationed in Moffett Field, near Mountain View, California. He is also a recent graduate of San Francisco Art Institute where he received a BFA majoring in Sculptor and minoring in Photography. He has works in many private collections as well as the Nelson Atkins Museum in Missouri. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.
William (Will) Wilson is a Diné photographer who spent his formative years living in the Navajo Nation. Born in San Francisco in 1969, Wilson studied photography at the University of New Mexico (Dissertation Tracked MFA in Photography, 2002) and Oberlin College (BA, Studio Art and Art History, 1993). In 2007, Wilson won the Native American Fine Art Fellowship from the Eiteljorg Museum, and in 2010 was awarded a prestigious grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Wilson has held visiting professorships at the Institute of American Indian Arts (1999-2000), Oberlin College (2000-01), and the University of Arizona (2006-08). From 2009 to 2011, Wilson managed the National Vision Project, a Ford Foundation funded initiative at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, and helped to coordinate the New Mexico Arts Temporary Installations Made for the Environment (TIME) program on the Navajo Nation. Wilson is part of the Science and Arts Research Collaborative (SARC) which brings together artists interested in using science and technology in their practice with collaborators from Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia Labs as part of the International Symposium on Electronic Arts, 2012 (ISEA). Currently, Wilson’s work can be seen at the Portland Art Museum in: Contemporary Native American Photographers and the Edward S. Curtis Legacy, Zig Jackson, Wendy Red Star and Will Wilson. Wilson is program head of photography at the Santa Fe community college.
Photo on the left:
Zig Jackson, Citizen of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation, Professor of Photography, Savannah College of Art and Design. Photo taken by William Wilson
Photo on the right:
Ed Drew, Plummie, 2014 -15, Tintype, Courtesy of the artist and Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco