David Scheinbaum

B. 1951

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Whether he’s photographing the permanent or the ephemeral, the world’s grandest stone monuments or smoky hip-hop clubs in Albuquerque, David Scheinbaum makes images that express truths about time, place, and culture…

David Scheinbaum Biography

David Scheinbaum is former Director/Chair of the Photography Department at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, and Professor Emeritus, College of Santa Fe.

His photographs of New Mexico’s Bisti Badlands can be found in his book Bisti, published by the University of New Mexico Press, 1987.  In 1990 Florida International University Press published Miami Beach: Photographs of an American Dream.  In 2006 the Museum of New Mexico Press published, Stone: A Substantial Witness.

He and his wife, Janet Russek, have collaborated on two projects; Ghost Ranch: Land of Light, Photographs by David Scheinbaum and Janet Russek, Balcony Press, 1997, and Images in the Heavens, Patterns on the Earth: The I Ching, The Museum of New Mexico Press, 2005.

Hip Hop: Portraits of An Urban Hymn, Damiani Editore, was published in 2012. This work was exhibited at The National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, entitled Recognize: Hip-Hop and Contemporary Portraiture, 2008. The work was alsoexhibited as part of the exhibition, Clubs, Joints and Honky-Tonks, at the Norton Museum of Art, 2012 and at the Institut du Monde, Arabe, Paris, 2015, Hip Hop; du Bronx aux Rues Arabes. His current work focuses on the production of paper negatives addressing black culture and racism in America.

David worked with the preeminent photo historian Beaumont Newhall from 1978 until Newhall’s death in 1993 and continues as co-executor of his estate.  With his wife, Janet Russek, he operates Scheinbaum & Russek Ltd., private fine art photography dealers and consultants in Santa Fe, New Mexico and exclusively represents the estate of Beaumont and Nancy Newhall, and Eliot Porter.

Scheinbaum has exhibited internationally, and is represented in numerous museum collections.

selected publications:

Hip Hop: Portraits of An Urban Hymn (Damiani, 2012)
Stone: A Substantial Witness
(Museum of New Mexico Press, 2006)
Images in the Heavens, Patterns on the Earth: The I Ching (The Museum of New Mexico Press, 2005) (with Janet Russek)
Ghost Ranch: Land of Light (Balcony Press, 1997) (with Janet Russek)
Miami Beach: Photographs of an American Dream (Florida International University Press, 1990)
Bisti (UNM Press, 1987)

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