Author(s): Norma Quintana
Norma I. Quintana is a photographer and educator working in thetradition of social documentary. In her first monograph, Circus. ATraveling Life, Quintana shoots in black and white film and available lightto chronicle her decade-long collaboration with an American, travellingone-ring circus. The photographs in the book are not flash frozen, but aloving history of extended families, another way of living in this world.
Essentially self-taught, Quintana has studied with some of the world'smost important and influential photographers, such as Mary Ellen Mark,Shelby Lee Adams, and Graciela Iturbide from Mexico.Quintana works solely in black-and-white and uses only available light.She creates dark, rich, masterful photographs with an ageless, classicpurity. Collaboration is essential to her process. The images, Quintanainsists, would not be possible without her subjects' willingness to revealthemselves.