Kurt Nimmo was seduced by the allure of New Mexico. Its spectacular aura of endless space and dazzling light grabbed him like the tractor beam of a starship and wouldn't let go.
-- Arthur H. Bleich, Digital Camera Magazine, September, 2001.
By capturing the unusual in the human landscape, Nimmo reshapes our perception of daily life.
-- The Ink, January, 2002.
From an early age, I have held a distinct fascination for cameras and photography. In the late 70s, I spent a lot of time developing and printing my own black and white photographs using a simple rangefinder camera and a cobbled-together darkroom. I learned photography through trial and error.
As a commercial offset printer, I began in the late 80s to experiment with computers and photography. In recent years, with remarkable advances in computer technology, I have disposed completely with the traditional darkroom and photo labs and have produced everything with PCs, Macs, Photoshop and various other software programs.
Recently I have moved away from color photography and have concentrated on black and white, toned and monochrome prints.
As a recent arrival to New Mexico, I am more attracted to ghost towns and decrepit gas stations than to the desert and mountains that attract many other photographers. If there is a message in my work, it is one of continual bemusement at the often chaotic and seemingly haphazard patterns as people spread outward from the urban core, moving in all directions across the wilderness, erecting fast food emporiums, freeways and strip malls etched by the slow yet deliberate forces of an indifferent nature.
Born 1952, Detroit, MI
As a multimedia developer, photographer, and educator for New Mexico State University at Las Cruces, I am involved in teaching other educators graphic and photographic techniques with Adobe Photoshop.
Selected Recent Exhibitions
2002 Fifteen Photographs, The Bean Gallery, Mesilla, New Mexico
2001 Subversion of Order: Selected Photographs by Kurt Nimmo, Impecunious
Art Gallery, Kent, Ohio
First Place, Foto Dimension Magazine
Honorable Mention, Apogee Photo Magazine
Kurt Nimmo's Southwest, Digital Camera Magazine, September, 2001
The Poetry of Incongruity - The Photographs of Kurt Nimmo, The Ink, January,
Long Shot, Volume 24, 2001
"Much has been written about the beauty, the stillness, the terror of the desert but little about its flies."
-- Belle Livingstone