Born and raised near Cerrillos, south of Santa Fe, Samuel Gilbert graduated from UNM with degrees in anthropology and American studies before starting his journalism career at a small newspaper in Ramallah, Palestine. Since returning to the United States in 2015, his work has been published by The Daily Beast, Al Jazeera, Vice, and Narratively. Roaming around the state with photographer Gabriela Campos to chase down great examples of New Mexico’s favorite snack food, he says, was a pleasant change of pace. “It was surprising that something as unassuming as the Frito pie provided us such insight into the culture and people of New Mexico,” he says.
Gabriela Campos fell in love with photography in the darkroom of her high school in Santa Fe. At the University of New Mexico, she shot for the Daily Lobo and learned the importance of storytelling through images. She has since worked with The Daily Beast, Al Jazeera, Vice, and Narratively. Most recently, she’s focused on documenting the rich culture and traditions around her as a staff photographer for the Santa Fe New Mexican. See more of her work in the book ¡Órale! Lowrider: Custom Made in New Mexico (Museum of New Mexico Press, 2016), documenting the state’s car culture.
After leaving Eugene, Oregon, for a three-month internship at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Jordan Eddy quickly immersed himself in Santa Fe's arts community—and learned that it stretches all the way to Hobbs. “While I was researching and writing this story, I kept mentioning Andrew Akufo to artists and arts professionals around Santa Fe, and nearly everyone knew him personally.” Besides freelance writing, Eddy is marketing manager of the Form & Concept gallery and co-director of Strangers Collective, an alliance of emerging artists and writers that runs the experimental art space No Land, in Downtown Santa Fe.