Norma I. Quintana is a photographer and educator who was born in Cleveland, Ohio and moved to Napa, CA in 1988. She earned a Masters in Social Sciences from Case Western University and worked in human resources during her corporate career. Quintana’s vocation in photography began in 1999. She works in the tradition of social documentary — primarily in analog photography. Her portrait series has been exhibited in California and Washington DC; while her project Circus: A Traveling Life has traveled across the country and was published in 2014 as a monograph by Damiani Editore and distributed by Distributed Art Publishers.
Quintana has lectured nationally at Stanford University, UCLA, American University, Penn State and B&H Photo in NYC and internationally in Madrid, Spain. Her photographic series Forage From Fire, evolved after she lost her home and studio during the devastating Atlas Peak Fire of 2017 in Northern California. The series was first presented as a solo exhibition at SF Camerwork in October 2018, and in a group exhibition at Sonoma Valley Museum of Art.
Quintana is a founding board of PhotoAlliance, San Francisco dedicated to supporting the understanding, appreciation and creation of contemporary photography. In 2020 she will be traveling to Puerto Rico to document the lives of coffee farmers.
(Source: Norma Quintana, April 2020)
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