Sara Frances

Fragments Of Spirit by Sara Francis


After flirting with careers as an archaeologist, pilot, concert pianist, and diplomat, Sara settled on photographer after just a few months’ residence in Heidelberg, Germany, while studying for her Masters in Comparative Literature. She was captivated with the potential for personal interaction with people of a wide variety of cultural and social environments. Exploring the world of others—and being of lasting, valuable service to them by creating memories—was fire for her imagination. Now in her 50th professional year, she writes, designs, and publishes her special photojournalist book projects that combine imagery and text. She says her hybrid media approach weaves present with past inlayers over experience and understanding in a sort of sculptural time travel. The common thread is visual storytelling, centering on recording verbal narratives of the Southwest and West in general in a new form of experiential history and legacy. She tells amazing stories that otherwise would be lost to posterity.

Sara’s personal photographic retrospective is Fragments of Spirit: 60 Years: A Photographer’s Recollections of Taos Pueblo, the Region and its Arts. The text chronicles her travel through the region, follows her developing philosophy of photography, and recounts seminal encounters with interesting people. Fragments has recently won two first place gold EVVY awards for art/photography and for interior book design, as well as finalist awards from the New Mexico Book Association and the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. In addition to membership in Southwest Writers based in Albuquerque, Sara serves as a board member of the Colorado Independent Publishers Association, and as book judge for various publishing associations. In addition to her three university degrees and a recent certificate of graduation from Lighthouse Writers Workshop’s Poetry Collective, she is a Master Photographic Craftsman of the Professional Photographers of America, Accredited Photographic Instructor, and Educational Associate of the American Society of Photographers. She teaches creative iPhoneography and book design for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Denver and moderates panel discussions of art and community for the Millicent Rogers Museum (Millicent Unplugged named after her book) in Taos.  Softcover 10" by 12"

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