In the Spring of 2009, the New York based photography duo Idris Rheubottom and Tony Craig and Detroit-based photographer Cybelle Codish collaborated to capture a series of still images that would portray the life and landscape of modern day Native Americans. Accompanying a documentary filmmaking crew, under the direction of Laguna filmmaker Billy Luther, the three non-Native photographers were given intimate access inside one of Luther’s own Native American tribes as it prepared for the ancient tradition of Grab Day. Grab Day is a celebration of abundance, thanks, and renewal that occurs within the villages of the Laguna Pueblo Reservation where outside photography and cameras are not allowed. In these images presented, a story of contrast is shared between the ways of the Laguna people, their ancestors, and the world that surrounds them today.
Over fifty prints of this rare subject matter honoring the land, people, and tradition of the Laguna Pueblo Tribe have been carefully curated for this exhibition. The work of Codish, Craig, and Rheubottom will be published and exhibited, independently and in conjunction with Luther’s film. – N. Bird Runningwater