During a distinguished 35-year photography career, Norman Mauskopf has had four award-winning books of his photographs published by Twin Palms/Twelvetrees Press, and he has been the recipient of a W. Eugene Smith Fellowship. His most recent book, Descendants, published in 2011, is a pictorial exploration of Latino culture in northern New Mexico’s—its ancient traditions, striking landscapes and ethnic diversity. A Time Not Here, published in 1997, focuses on African-American musical and spiritual traditions in Mississippi and was described as “a focused documentary of astonishing beauty.” His second book, Dark Horses, published in 1988, documents the world of thoroughbred horseracing and was described as “classic photojournalism slyly refracted through prisms of drama, majesty and humor.” Norman’s first book, Rodeo, published in 1985, looks into the lives of professional rodeo cowboys. About the images in Rodeo, author Ben Maddow wrote, “They are not merely photographs but observations deeply seen and deeply felt. . . . Norman has uncovered something profound and instinctive.” Norman has also completed a rare documentary on the legal brothels of Mustang, Nevada.
Norman Mauskopf’s photographs have been included in solo and group exhibitions, including two shows at the International Festival of Photojournalism in Perpignan, France. He has been a photographic educator for more than 30 years, including teaching at the Santa Fe Workshops, the Maine Photographic Workshops, and at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.