Patrick Nagatani (1945-2017) was an artist and teacher from Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is known for his use of color and the “directorial style” of photography. In this style of photography, the artist creates, or alters, the scene in front of their camera. In his images, Nagatani creates imagined stories about real truths.

Patrick Nagatani's 'Great Yellow Father'

Patrick Nagatani and Andrée Tracey, Great Yellow Father, 1988, Dye diffusion transfer prints
(Polaroid). Collection of the New Mexico Museum of Art. Gift of Patrick Nagatani, 2015
 (2015.18.3) © Patrick Nagatani Estate. Photo by Cameron Gay.


In this packet you will find: 

  • Access to Patrick Nagatani's photographs via SAM
  • A short lesson on how to "read" pictures 
  • Information about Nagatani's work 
  • Haiku-writing activities 
  • Color poetry activities 

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