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Book III, “Living Treasures, Kind Hearts, Good Deeds”

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Photographer: Genevieve Russell

Genevieve has been the Santa Fe Living Treasure photographer and website designer since 2010. Venturing into the homes and stories of those who have given and committed so much of themselves for the betterment of place was educational and inspiring for her. Committed to documentary visual storytelling through photography and video, Genevieve uses the camera to connect with and capture lives and legacy. Working with Santa Fe Living Treasures will remain a wellspring of light and hope.

Writers: Margaret Wood

Margaret has been a member of Living Treasures for 14 memorable years, much of that time as biographer and master of the awards ceremonies. She is a retired speech pathologist and a writer, resident of Santa Fe for three decades. Her claim to fame is authoring two books about Georgia O’Keeffe, from experiences as the artist’s companion for five years. She enjoys writing short stories, cooking, gardening, and hiking.

Felicity Broennan

Felicity has been with Living Treasures for eight years, first as Margaret’s co-editor and then taking over as biographer and master of ceremonies. Her greatest honor and joy is publicly appreciating and honoring so many of the elders she knew and loved growing up in Santa Fe. After 27 years in the environmental and cultural non-profit world, Felicity is now writing children’s books and endlessly training her dog.

Book II: “Living Treasures, Our Elders, Our Hearts”
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Santa Fe Living Treasures: Our Elders, Our Hearts

Volume II 1994 – 2008, by Richard McCord. Photography by Steve Northup.  Foreword by Carmella Padilla. Sunstone Press, Santa Fe, 2009. 180 pages. Order

“This book is as beautiful as the people, and the state, that it celebrates. The photographs and the writing bear witness to a great love that all New Mexicans share: for our culture, for our history, and the landscape that cradles us in its arms. These Living Treasures have nurtured that love and are passing it on to the next generation. Profound thanks are due all of them.” ~ John Nichols, author

The Author and Photographer for Volume II

Richard McCord, Author Richard McCord entered journalism with a handwritten, loose-leaf classroom newspaper tacked to the fifth-grade bulletin board of his elementary school in Georgia. He was editor of his college newspaper in Tennessee, then took his first professional job at Newsday in New York, named by Time magazine as one of America's 10 best newspapers. After four years there he grew restless for adventure and wide-open spaces, and came to Santa Fe in 1971. He worked briefly for the daily New Mexican, then started the weekly Santa Fe Reporter in 1974. For 14 years he was editor and co-publisher, before selling the newspaper in 1988.

During his tenure, the Reporter won more than 200 awards for excellence, more than 40 on the national level, often in competition with large dailies. Categories included general excellence, features, art, sports, advertising, photography, investigations, editorials, public service, special supplements, news writing, columns, medical writing, business writing and headlines. The National Newspaper Association named the Reporter America's second-best weekly. His editorials took top honors from the New Mexico and Albuquerque press associations, second place from the Scripps Howard Foundation, and runner-up for a Pulitzer Price. The international Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors gave McCord its lifetime achievement award. This is his third book.

Steve Northup, Photographer Living Treasures' photographer Steve Northup entered photojournalism at the age of 20 in 1961. After five years as a United Press International staffer based in San Francisco, Miami, and Saigon, he became a staff photographer for the Washington Post, working in Vietnam and in the urban riots of the late sixties. From 1971 to 1988 he was a Time magazine photographer in Washington DC, Houston, and Santa Fe. The Texas-born, New Mexico-bred photographer returned to his home town of Santa Fe in 1977, while still with Time, to cover science, politics, energy issues, and Central America. He served also as an editor at the Santa Fe Reporter and the Santa Fe New Mexican.

Northup’s photographs are in the permanent collections of the Eastman Museum, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, and the Getty Museum, among others. He has won major awards from the White House Press Photographers Association and the National Press Photographers Association and a Nieman fellowship from Harvard University. His portrait photographs of native American craftsmen can be seen in Southwestern Indian Jewelry, Abbeville Press, 1992. A new book is now available: Naga Cities of the Mekong, a history of Laos, done in collaboration with Dr. Martin Stuart-Fox and published by Media Masters, Singapore, 2006. Northup will produce a second Laos book.

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Book I: “Living Treasures, A Celebration of Human Spirit”
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Living Treasures, a Celebration of the Human Spirit

This book will endure in the hearts of those who treasure elders, the values they live by, the wisdom they give us, and the stories they tell. They live life from the heart and show us what being human is all about.

Living Treasures: A Celebration of the Human Spirit, Volume 1, by Karen Nilsson Brandt and Sharon Niederman. Foreword by Mary Lou Cook. Photography by Joanne Rijmes. Western Edge Press, Santa Fe, 1997. 192 pages.

Volume 1 is a collection of the stories and photographs of 104 Living Treasures from 1984 through 1994. The stories of these extraordinary people bring inspiration to our lives and also form an intimate history of northern New Mexico. The authors. l The photographers l Mary Lou Cook l Order

The Authors and Photographers for Volume I

Karen Nilsson Brandt is an award-winning journalist, formerly with the Los Alamos Monitor. She is also a novelist, freelance writer and, for 20 years, a social worker. Karen has written a book based on her work for the Manhattan Project Reunion and her own Lifetime experiences on “The Hill.”

Sharon Neiderman is the author of award-winning A Quilt of Words, U, and the cookbook: Hellish Relish. Sharon taught college English and Women’s Studies at Metropolitan State College in Denver and now lives in Albuquerque. She is a frequent contributor to national and regional magazines and newspapers.

Joanne Rijmes Photographs by Joanne Rijmes are in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Baltimore Museum of Art. Her work has appeared in publications across America. She resided in Dulce, New Mexico. Her photography for this book spans the first ten years of the Living Treasures program. Joanne received her MA in photography from the Illinois Institute of Technology