The Queer Family Photobook is a documentary, portrait, and archiving photography project focusing on the spaces of queer relationships in Albuquerque, NM. This project expands and contributes to the visual archive of family and disrupts the typical narratives of Family that we are used to. What does community look like outside of blood family? How do we, as queer people, create new networks of care using or rejecting the models of family we know? What spaces allow for these relationships to flourish? The Queer Family Photobook explores these questions with queer community in and around Albuquerque, New Mexico, functioning simlarly to a traditional family photobook. The Photobook encourages story telling, dives into relational histories, memorializes shared moments, showcases the unique joy within queer relationships, and brings us together.

Sofie Hecht (she/her) is a photographer and documentary storyteller working in both analog and digital formats based in Albuquerque but originally from Brooklyn, NY. She uses visual arts to be an active participant in community spaces, particularly within her own queer circles. She is inspired by soft light on sundays, walks in the bosque, the relationship between bodies and the land, her chosen family in albuquerque, and art’s healing capabilities.

Louisa Mackenzie (they/them) is a trans non-binary artist, photographer, designer, and baker based out of Albuquerque, NM. born and raised in NM, Louisa has developed a practice that is based in multiplicity and exploration. Observing the light, the mundane, and their interpersonal relationships drives their photography practice.

As young queer photographers, we are looking to build our relationships and networks of care and love. We hope that with each new relationship comes the growth of possibility for what family looks like moving forward.

As white queer people settled on native Tewa land, we acknowledge the ways our bodies are inherently invasive on land that is not ours. We acknowledge that the stories of family we aim to tell are interwoven with stories of violence, intergenerational trauma, resilience, displacement, and transformation, especially in so-called Albuquerque, NM.

We also acknowledge the importance of intersecting visions for future that queer and indigenous leaders bring us. Thank you to all that came before us and to all who will come for the knowledge and experience that makes our existence and survival possible.
© queerfamilyphotobook
abq / nm / 2022