Krista Elrick Photography


Krista Elrick

Krista Elrick is interested in the changes that have occurred in ecosystems over time as a result of human intrusion into the landscape.

She photographs the land in fragments and constructs collages, which, through fracturing our sense of time, reflect the damaged ecology and disrupted relationships between the animals, especially birds, and humans who once lived there. Her most recent work features fragments of images and journals of John James Audubon juxtaposed with her photographs. It will be the subject of a forthcoming book from George F. Thompson Publishing and an exhibition at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, curated by Mary Anne Redding.

Other recent projects include Imagine a City that Remembers: The Albuquerque Rephotography Project, by Anthony Anella and Mark Childs, foreword by V. B. Price, photographs by Krista Elrick (University of New Mexico Press 2018); and Grasslands/Separating Species, with photographs by Krista Elrick, Dana Fritz, David Taylor, Jo Whaley, and Michael Berman, and essays by Mary Anne Redding, William deBuys, and Rebecca Solnit (Radius Books 2010) in conjunction with an exhibition at 516 ARTS in Albuquerque.

Elrick received an MFA from Arizona State University in 1990.


She offers private workshops in and around Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Her knowledge of photo history and the southwest are highlighted in her books and lectures. 

Public Art Commissions have influenced how Krista works with others in-collaboration.  Her ability to work with a diverse range of artists and citizens offers refreshing professional experience, skills that lead to on-time, on-budget creative community-based projects. 

Arts policy and management:

Visual Arts Director, Western States Arts Federation (1993-1996)
Visual Arts Director,
Arizona Commission on the Arts (1988-1993)
Arts Administration Fellow, National Endowment for the Arts (1988)