Former Drum photographer, Shockley exhibits work

The Shockley family, mother Jan, Jeremy and wife Rachael, pose for a photo during the Artist’s Reception for Jeremy W. Shockley at the Open Shutter for his “The American West” photo exhibit, which will run until Aug. 17.
Former The Southern Ute Drum photographer, Jeremy W. Shockley takes a photo of the photographer during his “The American West” photo exhibit at the Open Shutter in Durango on Friday, July 17.
Jeremy Wade Shockley and wife Rachael stand in the "Red Room" where Shockley's series, "The American West" is exhibited.
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum

Locally based documentary photographer Jeremy Wade Shockley to show iconic The American West series at the Open Shutter Gallery in the Red Room.

The American West features images selected by Shockley which he made throughout Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming and Utah of the people, small communities and open landscapes he has documented throughout his career. The nostalgia-tinged images depicting rural life, cowboys, and rugged western landscapes span more than a decade.

“It’s a special opportunity to show these images at the Open Shutter Gallery, in and near the communities where they were created, and where I live,” Shockley said. “And it’s an honor to be part of the final chapter of the Open Shutter’s time on Main Avenue in Durango, before the gallery changes direction and closes its retail space.”

The exhibition features a selection of photographs created while on assignment, along with more personal vignettes of the American West.

Shockley’s current projects include documentary work in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and the cultures of Northern New Mexico.

The American West opened in conjunction with an exhibit by photographer Beth Moon at Open Shutter Gallery on Friday, July 15.

The show runs from July 15 to Aug. 17, 2016.

About Jeremy Wade Shockley

Jeremy Wade Shockley is an award-winning photographer who has documented the American West for over a decade. He specializes in rural and indigenous cultures throughout the American West and in remote countries around the world. His work is represented by Aurora Photos and Shockley has been published in numerous national and international publications, including: National Geographic, The Guardian, Men’s Journal, the Associated Press, and BURN Magazine.

Shockley’s work was recognized in the Open Shutter Gallery’s annual international juried photography competition EXPOSURE, garnering “Best of Show” in both 2015 and 2016. He was a participating photographer in the inaugural IMPACT online exhibition, in conjunction with National Geographic Photographer Ed Kashi, a project exploring the impact of photography as a medium (Resolve, 2010). Shockley is a founding member of PRISM Photo-Cooperative. He instructs photography workshops for Santa Fe Photographic Workshops and has served as a program facilitator with National Geographic Expeditions destination workshops.

Additional note:

Shockley was employed with The Southern Ute Drum for five years, from 2008 to 2013 and became very familiar with the Ute culture, participating in the annual Bear Dance. He is a very well respected photographer in the Southern, Northern and Ute Mountain Ute communities.

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