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Show of Photographs by Sharon Madden Harkness

By Richard Harkness

Award-winning photographer Sharon Madden Harkness is here in San Miguel to attend the opening of her upcoming exhibition at Photo/Graphic Gallery. Her work has been shown internationally. She was a recipient of the Julia Margaret Cameron Award and Photographer of the Year in the Natural World by Black + White Photography Magazine. Her work was also selected as the cover photo of that international publication. Her self-published photo book, Regret, was included in an exhibit at the Phoenix Museum of Art. Sharon’s work has been shown in Berlin, Germany, at the Leica Gallery in London and will be included in the 5th Biennial, in Barcelona, Spain, this summer.

Art Opening and Show
Photographs by Sharon Madden Harkness
Sat, Dec 16, 6–8pm
Mesones 57, corner of Reloj

I sat down with Sharon to ask her some questions regarding her upcoming show and work in general.
Q: Could you tell people a little bit about how you came to be a photographer?
A: When I was very young, my parents gave me a Brownie camera. I loved it and once I saw the small black and white images, there was no turning back. I became enthralled with image-making and the magic of photography.


Q: So you’ve been photographing continuously since you were a child?

A: No, I’ve actually been a painter for most of my life and have my master’s degree in drawing. A number of years ago, I picked up a camera again and refound my initial excitement and love for the medium.


Q: What can we expect to see in this exhibition?

A: All the images in this body of work were made over the last few years traveling through different parts of Mexico. My work can be somewhat emotionally dark, so don’t expect to see standard colorful depictions of Mexico. The work is more psychologically nuanced. It’s a very subjective view of my experience. I believe that visual art, like music, can speak beyond cultural differences, so my hope is that the content is universally accessible.


Q: Is there anything else you’d like to add?

A: I’d like to say that being able to show my work in Mexico has great meaning for me. I have a house in Nayarit and travel throughout Mexico as often as I can. I love it here, and it’s a great honor for me to have the opportunity to show my work in San Miguel de Allende.

Sharon’s work can be seen at Photo/Graphic Gallery, Mesones 57, from December 16 through January 18. The opening reception will be Saturday, December 16, from 6 to 8pm.



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