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Famed photographer Dick Spas spotted at Taos Winter Market

By Rick Romancito
tempo@taosnews.com
Posted 3/13/19

It isn’t often you find a legendary photographer at a local arts and crafts fair, but that’s where we found Dick Spas. He is photographed ...

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Famed photographer Dick Spas spotted at Taos Winter Market

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It isn’t often you find a legendary photographer at a local arts and crafts fair, but that’s where we found Dick Spas. He was photographed speaking with visitor Kelly Crocker of Lake Tahoe, California at the Saturday Taos Winter Market at Our Lady of Guadalupe Gymnasium, 205 Don Fernando Street. He was selling a selection of books, jewelry and notecards featuring some of his iconic Southwestern images for which he is world-renowned.

“While early childhood friends always remember me with a camera in my hand, in January 1967 I enrolled in a beginning photography class at the University of New Mexico taught by Cavalier Ketchum and I was hooked,” Spas writes on his website (dickspasphotography.com). “Van Dern Coke had just started the photography department at [University of New Mexico] and was putting together an excellent program which still continues today. In December I happened to mention to Van Dern Coke that I was going out to Big Sur and Carmel over Christmas break.”

During that visit he met and befriended Ansel Adams and thus “began an education into the excellence of print making.”

Also at the Taos Winter Market were metal artisans Joshua Wabinga, Ricardo Mondragon and Jerry Wabinga. The Wabingas specialize in custom 14-guage hand-cut metal crosses and other artworks.

The Taos Winter Market features a wide variety of arts and crafts, plus baked goods, and other items each Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. until April 6 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Gymnasium, 205 Don Fernando Street.

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