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Series I: Los Matachines de Alcalde, circa 1978 to 1988

 Series — Cabinet: OS2, Drawer: 5, Folder: Hall Series 1

Scope and Contents

Series I: Los Matachines de Alcalde contains photographs of the Matachines dances in northern New Mexico, a tradition shared by Pueblo and Hispano communities. Hall took this series of photographs in Alcalde in the 1980s. Some of the photos in this set were done for a New Mexico Magazine piece in 1986.


  • circa 1978 to 1988

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to researchers on an appointment basis only, pending approval of request to view original material.

Conditions Governing Use

Although the dances are public, photography at these events has been restricted for some time. Although some of these photographs have been published, we recommend consultation and collaboration with the community of Alcalde for any further public reproduction, interpretation or display.


17 Photographic Prints : 2 platinum, 15 gelatin silver, exhibition mounted prints ; Up to 26 x 32

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Douglas Kent Hall Estate


  • Douglas Kent Hall, In New Mexico Light (Santa Fe: Museum of New Mexico Press, 2007).
  • Thomas Barrow, ed., Photography: New Mexico (Albuquerque: Fresco Fine Art Books, 2008).
  • Douglas Kent Hall, Passing Through: Western Meditations of Douglas Kent Hall (Flagstaff, AZ: Northland Publishing, 1989).
  • Douglas Kent Hall, Visionary (Santa Fe: Pennywhistle Press, 2002).
  • Douglas Kent Hall, New Mexico: Voices in an Ancient Landscape (New York, Henry Holt, 1993).
  • John Burkhalter III, "Exhibit Honors Spanish Heritage," review of Matachines photographs exhibited at Princeton University Firestone Library, Time Off, March 9, 1983.
  • "Los Matachines de Alcalde: Photographs by Douglas Kent Hall," feature, Millicent Rogers Museum Newsletter, October 1, 1984.
  • S. M. P., "Art on the Dark Side," review of Matachines show at Millicent Rogers Museum, ArtLines, Winter 1984/85.
  • "The Face Is Familiar," review of Matachine exhibition at New York's Segal Gallery, Saturday Review, Briefings, May/June 1985.
  • "Los Matachines de Alcalde," cover story and photographs by Douglas Kent Hall, Albuquerque Journal Magazine Impact, December 17, 1985.
  • "Matachine with Death Head Palma," feature, Philadelphia Enquirer, May 16, 1986.
  • The Photo Review Newsletter, cover and feature (Los Matachines), June 1986.
  • New Mexico Magazine, cover photograph of Matachines, feature article, December 1986.
  • "Los Matachines de Alcalde," cover and feature, text and photos by Douglas Kent Hall, ArtSpace magazine, Spring 1987.
  • WESTAF 1987 Annual Report, cover of Matachine photograph. Malinda Elliott, "New Mexico's Colorful Christmas Pageants," Matachines feature, Boston Globe, December 18, 1988.
  • "Winter 'Dances' of Northern New Mexico," review of Matachines photographs, Las Palabras: Millicent Rogers Museum Quarterly Newsletter, January–March, 1991.


Repository Details

Part of the NMHM Palace of the Governors Photo Archives Repository

113 Lincoln Ave.
Santa Fe NM 87501 USA