New Mexico Art Tells its History

Moonset - Belcher

Ray Belcher (American, born 1944)
Gelatin silver photograph 12 x 9 1/2 in. (30.5 x 24.1 cm)
Gift of Gil and Eileen Hitchcock, 1984

Ray Belcher grew up on the New Jersey shore and received early encouragement for a set of photographs made in Maine documenting lobster and crab fishing. It wasn’t until after serving in the Navy and settling in Berkeley that he took on the study of photography. Belcher went to the San Francisco Art Institute, and moved to New Mexico in 1976. He sees photography as “a training for seeing…the picture reflects a moment of being and what happens in that moment.”

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