A 3d image still of a geometric shape with orange and yellow cloudy skies and mountains in the background.

Photography, Film
& Video

The Heard Museum’s collection of photography by American Indian artists has grown rapidly in recent decades. Some of the earliest photographs in the collection are by Hopi artist Owen Seumptewa and were taken in the 1980s. Since then the museum has prioritized contemporary photography, in all of its variations—film, video and digital. The collection includes art by Will Wilson (Diné), Cara Romero (Chemehuevi), Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie (Diné/Seminole/Muscogee) and Michael Namingha (Hopi/Tewa).

Photography, Film & Video Collection Highlights

  • A Native person sitting on a rock in the desert.
    Cara Romero, Chemehuevi, b. 1977, Indian Canyon, 2018. Gift of Karen Truax in memory of her parents, Dr. Maurice L. Sievers and Bud Sievers, 4960-1
  • A 3d image still of a geometric shape with orange and yellow cloudy skies and mountains in the background.
    Michael Namingha, Hopi/Tewa, b. 1977, Altered Landscape 11, 2021. Gift of Susan and Appy Chandler, 5036-1
  • A black and white image of a person riding a bicycle with a black background that has while polka dots.
    Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie, Tuskegee/Diné, b. 1954, Mattie Rides a Bit Too Far, 1989. Heard Museum purchase, 3250-1
  • A black and white photo of a Native man standing near water reflecting the sky.
    Will Wilson, Navajo, b. 1969, Auto Immune Response No. 1, 2004. Gift of Lila Harnett, 4342-1
  • A woman in a white and red dress standing in the snow.
    Meryl McMaster, nehiyaw (Plains Cree)/English/Scottish/Dutch, b. 1988, What Will I Say to the Sky and the Earth II, 2019. Gift of Kathleen L. and William G. Howard, 4943-1
  • A black and white photograph of a child wearing a clown hat and makeup.
    Owen Seumptewa, Hopi, 1946-2000, Clown Boy, 1990. Heard Museum Collection, 3640-1
  • A sepia toned image of two people in a field with baskets looking down at the grass.
    Larry McNeil, Tlingit/Nisga’a, b. 1955, Yup’ik Basket Weaver Series, #3, 1981. Purchased with funds provided by the Goldsmith Foundation, 3331-3
  • Two images of a woman doing a push up on a wooden floor.
    Tanya Lukin Linklater, Alutiiq, b. 1976, Slay All Day, 2015, High-definition video with no sound on continuous loop. Heard Museum purchase, 4982-1