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Eduardo Fuss Photograph Collection

Identifier: PICT-2011-001

Scope and Content

This collection consists of prints, negatives, slides, and proof sheets created by Eduardo Fuss beginning in the 1980s. Also included is one folder of manuscript material containing publication lists, resumes, and articles about Fuss.

The collection contains images depicting many of the smaller towns and villages in New Mexico including Abiquiu, Acoma, Algodones, Anton Chico, Arroyo Hondo, Bernalillo, Bisti, Camel Rock, Carlsbad, Chama, Chimayo, Cimarron, Cloudcroft, Clovis, Colfax, Columbus, Cordova, Crownpoint, Cubero, Cundiyo, Dexter, Dulce, Eagle Nest, Elizabethtown, Embudo. Espanola, Farmington, Fort Sumner, Galisteo, Glorieta, Hagerman, Jemez Springs, Lamy, Las Cruces, Las Vegas, Lemitar, Los Cerrillos, Los Ojos, Madrid, Magdalena, Mesilla, Ojo Caliente, Peña Blanca, Picuris, Placitas, Puye, Questa, Raton, Red River, Red Rock, San Rafael, Shiprock, Springer, Tome, Truchas, Tucumcari, Valencia, Villanueva, Watrous, and Zuni.

There are also images of the pueblos of Nambe, Pojoaque, Laguna, Santa Clara, San Ildefonso, Santa Ana, and Santo Domingo. Landmarks such as the Ghost Ranch, the Kit Carson Ranch, the Rancho de las Golondrinas, and the Mabel Dodge Luhan House are also represented.

Included are photographs of national monuments and parks: Aztec Ruins, Bandelier, Coronado, El Malpais, El Morro, Fort Selden, Fort Union, Kasha-Katue Tent Rocks, Pecos National Historic Park, Prehistoric Trackways, Salinas Pueblo Missions, and White Sands. The archaeological sites of Chaco, Gran Quivira, and Nuestra Señora de Dolores Pueblo Site are also represented.

The collection also contains images of recreation areas, rivers and mountain ranges are represented as well: the Rio Chama, the Rio Grande, the Sandias, the Sangre de Cristo, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Cochiti Reservoir, Frijoles Canyon, the Fossil Forest Research Natural Area, the Valley of Fires Recreation Area, the Galisteo Dam Region, and the Tularosa Valley.

And the following topics are depicted: amusements parks, museums, balloons, bed and breakfasts, gardens, cemeteries and funeral rites, chili peppers, Christmas scenes, churches such as the San Francisco de Asis Church and the Mission San Miguel, farmers’ markets, fiestas, petroglyphs, pueblo dances, ski areas, trading posts, and trains such as the Super Chief.

Series I: New Mexico

These files contain images from all over New Mexico, arranged alphabetically by name of city, community, or place. It includes photographs of cemeteries, churches, wilderness scenes, cityscapes, buildings, fiestas, pueblos, Christmas, landmarks, etc. This series is comprised of slides.

Series II: Albuquerque, NM

These files contain images from places around Albuquerque, arranged alphabetically, and include indoor, outdoor, and cityscape scenes. This series is comprised of slides.

Series III: Santa Fe, NM

These files contain images from places around Santa Fe, arranged alphabetically, and depicting indoor, outdoor, cityscapes, and outdoor scenes. This series is comprised of slides.

Series IV: Taos, NM

These files contain images from places around Taos, arranged alphabetically, depicting indoor, outdoor, and cityscapes scenes. This series is comprised of slides.

Series V: Black & White Prints and Negatives

These files contain images often found elsewhere in the collection. It also contains negatives and contact prints that were published in the New York Times. This series is comprised of negatives and prints.

Series VI: Published Pictures

These files contain Fuss published images in books, magazines, newspapers, guidebooks, calendars, pamphlets, etc. This series is comprised negatives, slides, and one large poster book

Series VII: Biographical:

This series contains Fuss' resume, magazine interviews, articles, and an index of published pictures.

Series VIII: Mexico

This series contains images taken in Mexico in Guerrero, Quintana Roo, and Sonora; as well as cities along the Mexico/US border. Files are arranged alphabetically and include images of University of New Mexico archaeologist Lewis Binford, people, indoor and outdoor scenes, cityscapes, scenic views, and ancient sites.

2019 Addition includes visual material from Fuss' estate, primarily slides, prints, posters, and reproductions which may duplicate material in other collection series. The order and labeling of the slides preserves drawer order in Fuss' office. Primary subjects include the Bisti wilderness, chile peppers, and scenic locations organized by city and state or country, featuring Argentina, Arizona, California, Maine, and Utah.


  • 1983-2007


Language of Materials


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Copyright of the Eduardo Fuss Photograph Collection has been transferred to UNM.

Duplication of print and photographic material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for copyright compliance. For more information see the Photographs and Images Research Guide and contact the Pictorial Archivist.


Eduardo Fuss, an American Society of Media Photographers member (ASMP), was born in 1938 in Buenos Aires, Argentina to Polish immigrant parents. Fuss is a self-taught painter, carpenter, furniture maker, sculptor, silversmith, and “generalist” photographer. By 1978 he had taken two year-long trips photographing the United States, Argentina, and Peru. He has also photographed Spain, Jamaica, Mexico, and Canada. In the United States, the majority of his work is from New Mexico and Arizona, with several series on Colorado, Oregon, California, Texas, Maine, Nevada, Utah, and Washington. Fuss had his first photographs published in the March 1984 issue of the New Mexico Magazine in an article on Gallup's trading posts.

In addition to his published books, Fuss’ photographs have been featured in other books and articles, and have been exhibited in galleries in New York, Connecticut, Maryland, and Maine.

In 1994, he received the Benjamin Franklin Award in the Entertaining Category (Cooking/Food/Drink) for his book Chile Pepper Fever: Mine's Hotter than Yours.

Prior to moving to Santa Fe permanently in 1980, he was the curator at the Joseph Hirshhorn Private Art Collection in Connecticut. Fuss is currently a full-time free-lance photographer who specializes in editorial and stock photography. His stock photograph file contains 200,000 transparencies.


18,000 plus items (43 boxes) : approximately 18,000 35mm color transparencies and 35mm black & white negatives and prints; 1 large book; and uncounted slides, prints, posters and reproductions in unprocessed 2019 addition


The Eduardo Fuss Photograph Collection consists of images of New Mexico towns, pueblos, National Monuments and Parks, and the cities of Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Taos.

Arrangement of the Collection

The Eduardo Fuss Photograph Collection is arranged into eight series, following the photographer's original order:

Series I: New Mexico

Series II: Albuquerque, NM

Series III: Santa Fe, NM

Series IV: Taos, NM

Series V: Black & White Prints and Negatives

Series VI: Published Pictures

Series VII: Biographical

Series VIII: Mexico

Physical Location

B2. Shelved by Pictorial Number. 1 book filed in large drawers by Pictorial Number. Unprocessed material located on T9.

Alternative Format Available

Portions of the Eduardo Fuss Photograph Collection are available in digital format on New Mexico's Digital Collections.

Processing Information

Original accession of chili pepper slides acquired March 2011.

Series VIII (boxes 41-43) was added to the collection in June 2013.

Scans of slides and clippings, and large poster book accessioned February 2014.

The 2019 addition is available to researchers, but is unprocessed. See pictorial archivist for further information and access.
Finding Aid of the Eduardo Fuss Photograph Collection, 1983-2007
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Brianne Stein
© 2012, 2019
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Finding aid is in English
Funding provided by the University of New Mexico Libraries, Center for Regional Studies.

Revision Statements

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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131