Diné photographers take their place on the other side of the lens
By Cindy Yurth
That got Begay thinking. If even Navajos don't know their own photographers, what hope do they have of getting discovered by the rest of the world?
Begay approached her boss, museum director Manuelito Wheeler, about hosting an exhibit of Navajo photographers.
Wheeler was enthusiastic and he and Begay came up with the idea of a juried exhibition--one in which awards are given--to let the cream rise to the top.
The result, "Through the Lens: Diné Photographers," on display through next March, exceeded their expectations.
Below: "Tiffany Bah Charley's 'Undiscovered I' seems to look back at museum visitors Tuesday in Window Rock. Work by Charley and other photographers are on display at the Navajo Nation Museum in the exhibit 'Through the Lens: Diné Photographers.'" (Special to the Times--Donovan Quintero)