Lee Clockman has been photographing professionally since 1971, when he worked for Academy Award-winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler in Hollywood.
He studied with renowned photographers Lee Friedlander, Aaron Siskind and Robert Frank. In 1985 he was hired as the first full-time photographer for the Dallas Museum of Art, where he developed the photographic department and produced exhibition catalogs.
His work has been exhibited widely and is featured in the books American Furniture in the Bybee Collection (which won the Montgomery Prize) and, in connection with Harvard University, Yaxchilan: The Design of a Maya Ceremonial City, the most extensive documentation of the Mayan site since the 1800s.
Between 1987 and 1996 Lee made three trips to the Amazon Basin to photograph the deforestation of the tropical rainforest. For this project, Ground Truth, he concentrated his work in the Brazilian state of Rondônia, an area considered Ground Zero for deforestation. You can see and read more about Ground Truth, here.
Yesterday was Dennis Hopper Day, celebrated with a biker rally – over 150 riders – and ride from Santa Fe to Taos, followed by a screening of Hopper’s groundbreaking motion picture, Easy Rider, at Martina’s Hall in Ranchos de Taos.
The biker in the colour photograph, told Lee that he had led the funeral procession from St Francis de Assisi to Hopper’s final resting place, nearby. He’s photographed in front of the iconic church.
Originally from Dallas, Lee Clockman has lived here in Taos for fifteen years – he and Dennis Hopper were friends – and yesterday, he captured the spirit of the day – “looking back, through a tear-drop mirror.”
Photographs by Lee Clockman