Keeping Still Within: Janet Russek and David Scheinbaum

Keeping Still Within:

Janet Russek and David Scheinbaum

October 29 - November 26, 2022

Opening Reception: October 29, 4 - 6 pm


Book Release and Signing for Varanasi: City Immersed in Prayer by David Scheinbaum

Saturday, November 19, 2 - 4 pm 


Janet Russek, Ice Moon photograph

Janet Russek, The Wheelbarrow, 2020, archival pigment print


Photographers Janet Russek and David Scheinbaum collaborate in life and work. Photography has been the source of many of their endeavors throughout the more than 40 years they have been together creating a number of books and exhibitions.

As artists, finding subject matter that one can immerse themselves in for years doesn’t come easy. Sometimes it requires world travel and other times looking in one’s own backyard. With the onset of the pandemic, they both found their expression in the quietude of their own environs and created work that is more of an “internal journey”, keeping still while working within.

The isolation, as difficult as it was, allowed them the time to explore and deepen these bodies of work.  These works made almost daily for the past years has been for them a visual metaphor for the passing of time and nourished their artistic expression and spiritual centering.


David Scheinbaum photograph, Ensō, November 2020, gelatin silver print

David Scheinbaum, Ensō, November 2020, archival digital inkjet print


View works by Janet Russek here

View works by David Scheinbaum here


Janet Russek and David Scheinbaum, have collaborated on three publications, Ghost Ranch: Land of Light, Photographs by David Scheinbaum and Janet Russek, Balcony Press, 1997, and Images in the Heavens, Patterns on the Earth: The I Ching, the Museum of New Mexico Press, 2005, and Remnants: Photographs of The Lower East Side, Radius Books, 2017. 

Russek worked with renowned photographer Eliot Porter as his assistant from 1980 until the time of his death in 1990, curating his exhibitions and working on many of his publications. Russek was a founding member of the New Mexico Council on Photography, and she has served on the boards of the Marion Center for Photographic Arts and the Association of International Photography Art Dealers. Her still lifes using metaphorical imagery to relate to the birth and death cycle culminated in the publication of The Tenuous Stem, Radius Books, 2013. She has exhibited in numerous key galleries and museums.

David Scheinbaum is former Director/Chair of the Photography Department and the Marion Center for Photographic Arts at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, and Professor Emeritus, College of Santa Fe. David assisted the pre-eminent photo historian, Beaumont Newhall from 1978 until Newhall’s death in 1993 and continues as executor of his estate. His portraits of hip-hop artists resulted in an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. He has been the recipient of both the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, 2010, and the Santa Fe Art’s Commission’s Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, 2001.