Native Photographers in the Field
Open March 23 – July 7
Explore complex issues and stories told by three Native photojournalists through photo essays.
Capturing Diversity and Complexity
Developing Stories: Native Photographers in the Field is a series of three photo essays created by Native photojournalists Donovan Quintero (Diné), Tailyr Irvine (Diné / Ho-Chunk), and Russel Albert Daniels (Salish / Kootenai) in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. These photographers share the same desires: to break down stereotypes of Native peoples and to portray the diversity and complexity of their contemporary lives.
Each photographer explores an issue that is of deep personal interest to them and touches the lives of Native people in a specific community. Their essays feature poignant and compelling photography. Together, they provide thought-provoking insights into contemporary Native life and nuanced perspectives on an American experience that is largely invisible to mainstream society.
Plan your visit to see this exhibit
How to visit: See exhibit Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sun 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Exhibit is included with the cost of museum admission.
Explore the Photo Essays
The COVID-19 Outbreak in the Navajo Nation
Donovan Quintero (Diné) uncovers the impact of the pandemic on the Navajo Nation and captures responses from individuals, families, health care professionals and tribal officials.
The Genízaro Pueblo of Abiquiú
Russel Albert Daniels (Diné / Ho-Chunk) explores the complex story of a more than 250-year-old Indigenous/Hispanic community in New Mexico and its history of violence, slavery and survival.
Reservation Mathematics: Navigating Love in Native America
Tailyr Irvine (Salish / Kootenai) explores the challenge that blood quantum requirements present to Native American couples who want their children to be enrolled in their tribe.