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Monroe Gallery of Photography : Present Tense


Monroe Gallery of Photography announces a significant exhibition documenting recent extraordinary political, social, and economic events, including the Covid-19 Pandemic: Present Tense.

Photojournalism’s work and mission—one that can be put simply as documenting a news event through the medium of photographic images, has arguably become the most essential and impactful news messaging tool, and one that has gained only further traction and relevance in the 21st century.

For 20 years, Monroe Gallery of Photography has presented visual moments indispensable to an understanding of 20th- and 21st-century societal and political change. Present Tense, however, is entirely unique in the Gallery’s history: its first multi-photojournalist presentation of age- and perception-changing news events of just the last few years, as well as a celebration of the new wave of independent photojournalists who are battling both real situational danger and gathering selective public denial of journalism broadly.

Depicting moments both momentous and intimate, but all radiating with meaning, Present Tense was conceived as a collective way of briefly pausing the roil and rush of virtual imagery we are all subject to—a storm of constantly flickering perceptions—and recognize, through painstakingly curated photographs, that we are living in an epoch-changing history in terms of societal understanding, betterment, and, ultimately, survivability.


Present Tense

June 11 – August 22, 2021

Monroe Gallery of Photography

112 Don Gaspar Avenue

Santa Fe, NM 87501 USA

The Gallery is open to the public with Covid-19 safe operating procedures concurrent with an on-line presentation at

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