Emmitt Booher is a Native New Mexican, born and raised in eastern New Mexico. He spent his childhood living and working on a small ranch, which he credits with cultivating his appreciation of the landscape, history, and people of New Mexico. In 2016 Emmitt was selected as the first photographer Artist-in-Residence at the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. Emmitt's photography is exhibited in group and solo shows in the Southwest. He frequently volunteers his photography skills to non-profit and conservation organizations, most notably Hawk's Aloft and the Dona Ana Arts Council.
Emmitt's photographic experience with film based cameras, including 4x5 field cameras, and darkroom processing was invaluable as he transitioned to working with the digital process. His goal is to present photography as an artistic medium. Influenced by work of the masters of American photography, Emmitt's black and white imagery is a natural choice in which to present his work.
Gallery representation, Tularosa Basin Gallery of Photography, Carrizozo, New Mexico.
Emmitt and his wife, Rosa, live in Mesilla, New Mexico with their two rescue dogs, L. Diego and Frida K.
Why do I photograph...
The pleasure of discovering the essence of what surrounds me...to be present in the here and now...The scene presented through the viewfinder allows a transformation to take place. Subjects emerge...Relationships manifest themselves...the world is at once more intimate and orderly.