Background: Black and White Western US
Porter spent the winter of 1939-40 visiting Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his wife, Aline. He immediately fell in love with and started photographing the region's open terrain and Spanish and Indian cultures. Seven years later the Porters made their permanent home in Tesuque, just north of Santa Fe. Although by this date Porter had taken up color photography, he continued through much of the 1950s to photograph a range of Southwestern subjects in black and white, including churches, towns, and sky-filled landscapes, bringing to his work a distanced observation and compositional order. Most of the prints in this category present New Mexican subjects, but views of Arizona, Colorado, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming are also included. This category of the Porter Collection holds approximately 708 prints.

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