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Events and Gatherings: Photography by Jim Holbrook

A photo of a drag queen at an Albuquerque clubBeBe at the Albuquerque Social Club, 2010

Photographer Jim Holbrook has created a practice that centers on documenting events and gatherings in a candid fashion. Based in New Mexico, Jim is the official photographer for the collective Avokado Artists, and for Globalquerque!, an annual Mexican culture festival in Albuquerque.

A close up portrait of a woman in San FranciscoCloseup Series, San Francisco, No. 02, 1982


I enjoy the atmosphere that Jim creates in the majority of his photographs. Though the subjects may vary, Jim seems particularly drawn toward a sense of movement and energy, particularly when taking photographs of human subjects. It’s interesting to see how this translates into Jim’s portrait work – his subjects all seem to gaze directly into the camera lens, holding the viewer’s eyes as if to engage in conversation. Mainly black and white, and featuring subjects from the 1970’s and 80’s, each of these portraits feels like an intimate time capsule.

A screen capture of Jim Holbrook's photography websiteJim's photography website,


Many of Jim’s photographs, such as those in his series Little Brothers of the Good Shepherd, are distinctly narrative, often telling stories of adversity or triumph. Jim captures minute expressions in the faces of his subjects, offering plenty of information even in a relatively simple composition.

A portrait of a monk in New Mexico in the 70'sBrother Mathias, Founder of Little Brothers of the Good Shepherd, Albuquerque, NM, 1975

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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