The 505 – Diana Cervantes

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The name says it all: 5 questions, 5 images, in an echolocation allusion to the primary area code of New Mexico. The 505 is an interview format highlighting ASMP photographers, new and emerging. 

Where did you grow up and how did you come to live in New Mexico?

I grew up in Albuquerque in the Atrisco neighborhood, I remember the old Firestone tire shop that was next door to our house. It’s gone now along with many mom and pop shops that I so fondly remember.

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What lessons has photography taught you? 

Photography has taught me so many things, but if I had to choose one, I’d have to say the ability to connect with people. It has been a doorway to people’s stories and humanity.

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What person has most influenced you, or your photography? Can you tell me about him or her?

I’ve had such great mentors along the way Mark Holm and Roberto Rosales have been instrumental in my growth as a photographer. Mark especially, as he was my very first mentor and taught me how to anticipate moments and be invisible when documenting people or events. He was always willing to listen and to offer up advise right up to his passing.

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Do you have any passions or talents outside of your work?

Passions outside of my work include printmaking, drawing and painting.

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If you could photograph anyone or anything living now or at any point in history, who would it be and why? What camera would you want to use?

If I could photograph anyone in history, it would have to be Cleopatra. I find her intriguing, and I’d love to see the Egyptian civilization as it was. I would like to use a Rolleiflex.

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