New Mexico Art Tells its History

Water - Elephant Butte Reservoir,

Water - Elephant Butte Reservoir, 1982
Paul Logsdon (American, born 1931)
cibachrome II print, 10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.3 cm)
Gift of Paul Logsdon from the New Mexico Photographic Survey Project funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts with individual support from Sunwest Bank of Santa Fe, 1985

Paul Logsdon, born in Kentucky and educated in California, came to New Mexico in 1955 when he was assigned to Kirtland Air Force Base as a test pilot. When he retired from the Air Force in 1976, he remained in New Mexico beginning a new career as a charter pilot, and developing a reputation for his aerial photography. Logsdon said his pictures served two primary functions: to discover a new perspective on the familiar, and to see something that can’t be seen any other way.


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