"Norma takes off where my heroes Bruce Davidson, Diane Arbus and Mary Ellen Mark left off—she clearly enjoys the same level of trust and intimacy as they did. Beautiful pictures." —Sally Mann, "Best American Photographer" 2001, TIME Magazine.
THE ARTISTS: Norma I. Quintana is an American photographer and educator working in the tradition of social documentary. She photographs with film, primarily in black and white using available light. Quintana has studied under Mary Ellen Mark, Graciela Iturbide and Shelby Lee Adams. She has lectured nationally at major universities, including art residencies at Penn State and American University Washington D.C. She is a founding member of the Bay Area non-profit, PhotoAlliance. Quintana's most recent project, Circus: A Traveling Life has been published by Damiani Editore, Bologna, Italy and distributed by D.A.P. Artbook Catalog October 2014. It is her first art book. Quintana currently lives in California with her family.
THE ART: In October 2017 a firestorm incinerated 250 thousand acres of land across northern California. My home and photographic studio was ravaged by the fire. This body of work, Forage From Fire, is a visual inventory of artifacts that remain of my artist and family’s life extracted from the ashes of the Atlas Peak fire.
THE PLACE: Jackson St.