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Thursday, November 02, 2006

Helga Teiwes, With an Eye on Culture

"Eleanor Chase cooks breakfast over a campfire
This was before sunrise on the day of a puberty ceremony for Ned Anderson’s daughter."

March 28, 1981, Bylas, San Carlos Apache Reservation, AZ (found in 'Reservation Life')

"Helga Teiwes stands among the last century's most accomplished documentary photographers of the Southwest. As the museum’s staff photographer from 1964 to 1993, Helga had rare opportunities to photograph the cultural and artistic traditions, the lifeways, and the peoples of Indian communities throughout the region. She began her career at ASM working for Dr. Emil Haury, who hired her to document his 1964 excavations at Snaketown on the Gila River Indian Reservation. For the next three decades, the intrepid native of Dusseldorf, Germany, traversed the Southwest region and captured thousands of images, which are now part of the museum’s extensive photographic archives. ..."
With an Eye on Culture: The Photography of Helga Teiwes at Arizona State Museum.