Manuel Carrillo, El Paso, Texas, 1982

Description (Brief)
Inkjet Print by Charles Rushton of Manuel Carrillo, 1982, El Paso, Texas.
Black and White portrait of elderly man with glasses sitting on an outdoor bench made of wood with white wrought iron leg and arm supports. The man is sitting with his left leg crossed over his right leg wearing a white button up short sleeved shirt, grey slacks, black socks and black shoes. His left arm has a watch and is resting on the arm of the bench. His right arm is propped up on the back of the bench. The background is a plain wall with a large alcove holding a leafy potted plant. The alcove is positioned a little above the bench and to the left in the image. The shelf in the alcove has a wave pattern on the side. The ground is made of medium sized square stone tiles repeating.
Charles Rushton is an American photographer that made portraits of New Mexico photographers between the years of 1980 and 1994. This particular collection consists of 38 prints: twenty-nine- 8"x10" gelatin silver prints and nine- 8½"x11" inkjet prints acquired from the photographer. The collection includes photographers Tom Barrows, Van Deren Coke, Betty Hahn, David Michael Kennedy, Patrick Nagatani, Beaumont Newhall and Joel-Peter Witkin. The earliest print in this collection is of Manuel Carrillo in 1982, and the last piece added to the collection is of Holly Roberts in 1994.
Rushton chose this particular project after attending a Zone VI workshop offered by Fred Picker in Vermont in 1980. While at the workshop Rushton was given specific advice to pick a topic and stick to it instead of switching random topics every day. This was when Rushton had the idea to photograph artists and photographers upon returning home to New Mexico. With the help of photographer friend, Bob Hooten, Rushton was able to obtain the names of photographers that suited the parameters of his project. After a few years, the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History purchased several of Rushton's prints for their collection of portraits of New Mexico Artists and expressed interest in seeing his future work. With the permission of the museum, Rushton used the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History name to help him gain influence and access to more famous photographers such as Beaumont Newhall.
Rushton studied photography under Fred Picker, Oliver Gagliani (depicted in the collection) and Arnold Newman (depicted in the collection). Rushton holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lawrence University, a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from St. Thomas University, a Master of Arts in Library Science degree from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Fine Arts in Photography degree from the University of Oklahoma. Rushton is currently a professor of digital photography at Oklahoma City Community College and Moore-Norman Technology Center.
Currently not on view
Object Name
inkjet print
date made
print made
Rushton, Charles R.
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 8 1/2 in x 11 in; 21.59 cm x 27.94 cm
place made
United States: Texas
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Charles Rushton Collection
Photo History Collection
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Culture and the Arts: Photographic History
Photo History Collection
Charles Rushton Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Charles R. Rushton

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