Norma I. Quintana

Norma I. Quintana was born in Cleveland, Ohio and moved to Napa, CA in 1988. She earned a Masters in Social Sciences from Case Western University and worked in human resources during her corporate career. She found photography in 1999 and studied under such mentors as Mary Ellen Mark, Graciela Iturbide and Shelby Lee Adams. She works in the tradition of social documentary - primarily in film, but more recently with her iPhone. Her portrait series Forget Me Not has been exhibited in Napa and Washington DC; while her project CIRCUS has traveled across the country and was published as a monograph by Damiani Editore in 2014 and distributed by Distributed Art Publishers.

The Circus: A Traveling Life series chronicles a ten-year collaboration between Norma and an American, traveling one-ring circus. This haunting and intimate portrait series, shot in black and white film using available light, captures contemplative and playful moments with the families of artists and performers. Quintana took her time learning the lineage of these circus families. She presents them not as freaks or compulsives, but as workers in a private, insular, now almost-extinct world.”


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