Press Check Fall 2019

Complied by Melissa Rutter ’17

It was there all along 

Frank Hamrick ’05

Frank Hamrick, the grandson of a water well driller, uses his photography book, “It was there all along,” to respond to modern-day water-related issues, including drought, flooding and coastal erosion. Hamrick’s use of an analog large format view camera to capture long exposure, wet plate collodion tintypes result in present day photographs that force viewers to reexamine the surroundings they thought they knew. Hamrick graduated from NMSU with a master’s degree in fine arts. He is the MFA graduate program coordinator at Louisiana Tech University’s School of Design, where he is also a professor of photography, video and book arts. NPR has written about his artwork, and Oxford American Magazine listed Hamrick as one of the 100 Superstars of Southern Art. His work is housed in collections including the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Georgia Museum of Art and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans.

Gangs of the El Paso–Juárez Borderland: a history

Mike Tapia

In his book, “Gangs of the El Paso–Juárez Borderland: a history,” Mike Tapia, an associate professor of criminology at NMSU, examines gang history in the region encompassing west Texas, southern New Mexico and northern Chihuahua, Mexico. Known as the El Paso-Juárez borderland region, the area contains more than three million people spanning 130 miles from east to west. Tapia examines this region by exploring a century of historical developments through a criminological lens and by studying the diverse subcultures on both sides of the law. Tapia looks extensively at the role of history and geography on criminal subculture formation in the binational urban setting of El Paso-Juárez, demonstrating the region's unique context for criminogenic processes. He provides a poignant case study of Homeland Security and the apparent lack of drug war spillover in communities on the U.S.-Mexico border.