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New Mexico: Images of a Land and Its People

Art Gómez
Photographs by Lucian Niemeyer

Internationally renowned photographer Lucian Niemeyer and National Park Service historian Art Gómez have combined talents in this stunning presentation of the Land of Enchantment. Niemeyer’s more than 150 color photographs and Gómez’s sweeping history encompass the entire state throughout the seasons, presenting the region’s people, cultures, and magnificent scenery. New Mexico’s mountains, deserts, and rivers form natural corridors that migrating birds and animals have traditionally used for survival. Navigating these same corridors across the state, Paleo, Plains, and Pueblo Indians, Hispanos, and Anglos forged viable communities on the astringent New Mexican landscape.


Lucian Niemeyer is a professional photographer who operates out of Santa Fe, New Mexico. He has traveled the world, photographing human and environmental conditions. He is the author and photographer of numerous books, including Africa: The Holocausts of Rwanda and Sudan, Desert Wetlands, and Darfur, all published by the University of New Mexico Press.

Art Gómez’s publications include Quest for the Golden Circle: The Four Corners and the Metropolitan West, 1945–1970 and the coedited Forests under Fire: A Century of Ecosystem Mismanagement in the Southwest. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Bill Richardson is the former governor of New Mexico and a former US ambassador to the United Nations.


"This is a great Christmas present for those who know and love New Mexico."


The New Mexico Historical Notebook

"Pictures of the landscapes, people, rural architecture, and wildlife taken in every corner of the state make up New Mexico: Images of a Land & Its People, the newest offering by prolific Santa Fe photographer Lucian Niemeyer."



"A comprehensive photographic overview of modern New Mexico by Lucian Niemeyer, accompanied by a nicely paced historical essay by Art Gómez, is offered in New Mexico: Images of a Land and Its People. With its stunning images and brisk prose, this is the essential book for New Mexico lovers."


Mobile Register, AL

"The photos are a collection of postcard landscapes, cowboys, Indian ruins, wildlife, flowers. A Santa Fe street scene, a log cabin, Truchas in a storm. The Plains of San Agustín, one of our nearest Empty Quarters. It's enough to make you want to gas up and hit the road. Let the text, pictures, and bibliography pique your interest and guide you deeper into discovering New Mexico yourself."


Su Casa Magazine

"This book will make an excellent enticement gift for an out-of-area friend who needs luring to New Mexico."


New Mexico Magazine

"The presigious University of New Mexico Press has outdone itself. Always a publisher of wonderful books, this latest offering from Niemeyer and Gómez exceeds even UNMP's high standars for excellence. You will treasure this beautiful book."


"If you've ever wondered what makes New Mexico so enchanting, catch a glimpse of the awe-inspiring beauty captured by Lucian Niemeyer's camera. The photos are bound to have you calling up your travel agent for the first flight out to this border state, and Art Gómez's historical treatise is sure to excite you the entire plane ride over."


True West

“A coffee-table book featuring gorgeous photographs of New Mexico—but which also contains a concise yet comprehensive history of the state.”


Santa Fe New Mexican

"It is a beautiful, beautiful book with an inspired text by Art Gómez, one which may tempt even more equity immigrants to move to New Mexico."


Roundup Magazine

12 x 9 in. 168 pages 161 color plates, 3 maps