New Mexico Art Tells its History

Apache Devil Dancer

Apache Devil Dancer, 1939
John S. Candelario (American, 1916 - 1993)
unique platinum print, 16 5/8 x 13 5/8 in. (42.2 x 34.6 cm)
Museum purchase, 1997

John Candelario sharpened knives for Georgia O’Keeffe, became a millionaire at age 22, was the 1958 NM state chess master, an FBI operative, a filmmaker and a seventh-generation New Mexican. He also took photographs. He was born John Weeks, son of an English father and Hispanic mother, with bits of German and Scot mixed in. Candelario's photographs clearly and crisply revealed the people and places of Northern New Mexico, relying on his special combination of artistic sensibility and technical mastery. The 1930s and 1940s saw the peak of his photographic output, and while he worked in both black-and-white and color photography, it is his platinum prints that reflect his major contribution as a photographer.

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