about me

I grew up in West Africa and India and wanted to be an archaeologist. Instead I've been a screenwriter, a film editor (Fallout, 1995), and a drama teacher. These days when I'm not taking pictures I teach film and photography in northern New Mexico, I write novels and travel memoir, and I translate French pulp fiction.

Through all those years and careers I've also been a singer specializing in folk music from the Republic of Georgia. (You can learn more here about my group, Trio Kavkasia.) As a result I’ve lived and traveled in the Republic of Georgia off and on for over thirty years; lots of my images from Georgia are of folk singers, whether professionals from Tbilisi or villagers from all over the country.

In the US I’ve mostly focused on landscapes, especially in my adopted home in New Mexico.​

Thank you to Ian Falcone for this short video interview, shot at my home studio.

  • My new book of photos, HOODOO BADLANDS, came out in November 2021. Besides being available directly at the Photo Book tab on this website, it can be found at the BLM visitor centers in both Santa Fe and Albuquerque; the Chaco Culture National Historic Park bookstore; the NM History Museum, the Museum of Indian Arts and CulturePhoto-EyeTravel Bug, and Collected Works in Santa Fe; the Albuquerque Museum in Albuquerque; and the Farmington Visitor Center.

  • One of my Bisti Wilderness images is in the permanent collection of the U.S. Space Force unit at Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque.

  • One of my White Sands images is in the permanent collection of the Fuller Lodge Art Center in Los Alamos.

  • Three of my New Mexico storm cloud images were chosen for Stormy Weather, a juried show at the New Mexico Art League in Albuquerque, September/October 2020.

  • Women at Work, a juried exhibition at PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury, VT, in November 2019, awarded Honorable Mention to my image “Rooftop, Landour Bazaar, Mussoorie.”

  • Brush and Lens: Two Views of New Mexico Landscape, a joint show with Lisbeth Cort featuring landscapes painted and photographed, appeared at the MATRIX Fine Art gallery in Albuquerque, October 2019.

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  • Three Southwest landscape and botanical closeup images of mine were chosen for Biologique, a juried show at the New Mexico Art League in Albuquerque, January/February 2019.

  • One of my Bisti snowstorm landscapes was chosen for Lay of the Land, a juried show at the New Mexico Art League, September/October 2018.

  • Kumaoni: People of the Indian Himalayas, a solo show of portraits and street scenes from five weeks I spent in the mountains of India in spring 2018, appeared at the 2 Ten Gallery in Las Vegas, NM, from June to August, 2018.

  • Three Southwest landscapes of mine were chosen for Biologique, a juried show at the New Mexico Art League, January/February 2018.

  • Drawing mainly from images in my Natural Abstract series, I was the featured artist in the April/May 2017 issue of the online literary magazine Eclectica.

  • Charismatic Rock, a solo show of landscapes from New Mexico’s Bisti Wilderness and City of Rocks, appeared at Traveler’s Café in Las Vegas, NM, March 2017.

  • Dagger and Cathedral, a solo show of portraits and landscapes from the Republic of Georgia, appeared at the Ray Drew Gallery, Highlands University in Las Vegas, NM, January/February 2017.

STUART GELZER photography