Debra Bloomfield has worked in the landscape for 35 years. Her poetic large-scale color photographs focus on the relationship between interiority and the external world, and question how we use and misuse our land. In 2007, Bloomfield began incorporating field recordings into her working methodology. Turning to an unknown terrain, she immersed herself in the landscape, purposely repeating her movement through the seasons with a contemplative stance.
Her previous work includes "Frida/Trotsky" (1987–1990), a portrait of Frida Kahlo and Leon Trotsky made in their homes in Coyoacán, Mexico, and "Four Corners", published in 2004 by the University of New Mexico Press, in which photographs from the unforgiving landscape of Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico are paired with intimate views of the iconography of Catholic missions. "Still: Oceanscapes", published in 2008 by Chronicle Books, explores the endless horizon of the sea and is about reflection, patience, and discovery. "Wilderness" was published in January 2014 by the University of New Mexico Press. In "Wilderness", two former University New Mexico Press authors, Debra Bloomfield and Terry Tempest Williams, have joined in a collaboration that began over a cup of coffee and their mutual passion for wilderness.
Bloomfield’s photographs are represented in numerous museum collections, including the Phoenix Art Museum; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Honolulu Museum of Art; the New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe; the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson; the George Eastman House; University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
An educator in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1977, Bloomfield is currently teaching at the San Francisco Art Institute. In 1992, Bloomfield was the recipient of the San Francisco Foundation’s James D. Phelan Art Award for her Trotsky series, and in 2005 Four Corners received the Western Heritage Literary Award in Photography.