world artist
Joan Saks Berman

725 Hermosa Drive NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87110 (Stati Uniti)

tel. (505) 265-5157

Ashgabat Airport Angles
photography on  paper,  16 cm, 1998


Inside the Lighthouse
photography on  paper,  26x5/8 cm,


Lady in Red
photography on  paper,  16 cm, 1990


Women in Cuba: Mothers and Babies
photography on  paper,  16 cm, 1994




I am a native of Chicago and have been a New Mexico resident since 1984, having moved here from the Navajo reservation in Arizona, where I worked as a psychologist.

My artistic studies began when I was in high school, when I took drawing and painting classes at the Art Institute of Chicago.

I was raised in a household where both still and 8mm movie photography was always present, including a darkroom in the basement. My own use of photography as a medium started when I began to travel, and found that there was little time to capture my impressions in mysketchbook. Since then, I have traveled widely in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Latin America, photographing everywhere. In Albuquerque I studied photography with Jim Ruffner of Photogenesis and Louise and Stewart Lewis. I have had my photographs published in books and national magazines. In addition to still photography, I have used a videocam for an oral history project, as well as to record jazz concerts presented by the New Mexico Jazz Workshop, for presentation on the community access cable TV program, "Jazz Scene."

Statement of Philosophy

My philosophy might be stated simply with a paraphrase of a popular slogan, "What I see is what you get." I am interested in colors, forms, light and shadow, natural and built architecture, and in capturing the aspects of peoples' lives and culture which show the similarities and differences between the peoples of the world. Some of my work might be considered photojournalism. My photos are taken with 35mm cameras, both SLR and rangefinder, and are not manipulated beyond ordinary cropping and color adjustment. At present, film processing and printing is done commercially, although I have experiemented with digital (computer) printing.

Curriculum vitae:


New Mexico State Fair, 3rd place 1985
Volunteers for the Outdoors, Honorable mention 1986
New Mexico State Fair, Best of Show 1990
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, Best Balloon Glow Photo 1990
Agfacolor contest, First prize, Albuquerque 1991
Rio Grande Nature Center, Honorable Mention 1994
New Mexico State Fair, Judge’s Choice 1996
New Mexico State Fair, First Prize, Fine Arts, Photography 1998

Selection of Juried and Invitational Shows

"Origins." Rainbow Artists Women's Collective Show, South Broadway Cultural Center 1991
"National Renaissance: Arts Alive in America." Museum Without Walls International, Bemus Point, NY 1991
"Metropolis: Scenes from the City." Albuquerque United Artists, Kimo Gallery 1991
Fort Smith Art Center and the Photographic Alliance, Fort Smith, Ark. 1991
"Creating Ourselves: A Regional Women's Art Exhibition." Eastern New Mexico UniversityArt Gallery 1992,1993
"Magnifico!" Albuquerque Festival of the Arts 1992, 1993
"The Mystique of Frida Kahlo," sponsored by the Mexican Consulate,
Albuquerque United Artists, and the Albuquerque Public Library 1992
"New Mexico '93," Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe 1993 1993
National Exhibit of Women's Art on/of Paper, Rochester, NY 1993
"Visions of Excellence," Albuquerque United Artists, NM State Fairgrounds Fine Arts Bldg. 1993
"Faith in Photographs: Religious Visions of America" Museum of Anthropology, California State University,Chico, California 1993 Southwest Arts and Crafts Festival, Albuquerque 1993
Wells Street Festival, Chicago, Illinois 1994
Gold Coast Art Fair, Chicago, Illinois 1994
Around the Coyote, Flatiron Building, Chicago, Il 1994,1997
Magnifico, "Roots and Routes" 2001


Solo Show, Near Northwest Arts Council Gallery,Chicago, Illinois 1990
Corn Maiden Trading Post, San Ysidro, NM 1992
Solo Show, University of New Mexico Student Union Building, Garden Court
and Centennial Galleries 1992
8th Street Gallery, Albuquerque, NM 1992-1993
International Women’s Day Art Exhibit, Chicago,Illinois 1996, 1997
Johnsons of Madrid, NM 1996-2001
Solo Show, Los Griegos Library, Albuquerque, NM 1999
Solo Show, Café au Lait Restaurant, Albuquerque, NM 2000


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