A Quiet Moment, Monastery of Christ in the Desert. Photo by Tony O’Brien
NM HISTORY MUSEUM News:
After covering the lives of drug addicts and prostitutes in America and the struggle of Afghan rebels fighting the Soviets – including a stint as a prisoner of war – Santa Fe-based photojournalist Tony O’Brien turned to Christ in the Desert Monastery in Abiquiu to restore his spirit.
During the year he spent living with the Benedictine monks, they allowed him to document their daily activities and rituals, both contemplative and secular.
O’Brien’s work from that era now forms the heart of a new exhibition at the New Mexico History Museum, Contemplative Landscape, through Dec. 30, exploring how photographers see the state’s meditative topography: the land, art, architecture and people who build and populate the sacred.
Oct. 23 through Dec. 30.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors
A Light Moment, Monastery of Christ in the Desert. Photo by Tony O’Brien
Photographer Tony O’Brien. Photo by Chris Nail