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With an Eye on Culture: The Photography of Helga Teiwes
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Procession on the Feast of Mary to the grotto at San Xavier Mission

Welcome to the visual world of Helga Teiwes. As staff photographer for the Arizona State Museum from 1964 to 1993, Helga documented Southwest American Indian culture and arts, archaeological excavations, and the Museum's collections.

Her fine technical skills coupled with a remarkable ability to build rapport with her subjects resulted in an invaluable treasure trove of photographs. These images have special resonance among the communities Helga photographed, communities where today residents are also picking up cameras to document their own cultures.

This exhibition presents examples of the work of Helga Teiwes spanning her career at the museum. Also included are selected photographs from her personal collection. All reflect Helga's keen "eye on culture."

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