Sage Paisner records family, friends and mentors using video and photography in order to bring forward the stories that are so often left out of mainstream history books and the media. The stories and images are an attempt at creating a history that represents the struggles of the community. Focusing on issues of poverty, sovereignty, social activism, and local land rights, the idea of what a family album represents and how it operates and is expanded. He travels to places and communities of historical importance in Northern New Mexico, Navajo Nation, Los Angeles and South Dakota with a camera to document the people and the land.
Paisner received a MFA in Photography and Media from the California Institute of the Arts working with Allan Sekula Joann Callis, Harry Gamboa jr and others. He earned his BFA in Studio Art from the University of New Mexico working with Joyce Neimanas, Patrick Nagatani and Jim Stone. He has been nominated for awards such as, the Baum Award for An Emerging American Photographer in January 2014 and the 5th Annual Jeunes Talents Photography Program in January 2011. He was born in Oregon in 1982, his family moved to Santa Fe, NM, where he grew up. He is Executive Director of Foto Forum Santa Fe, full time faculty at California State Summer School for the Arts, and special faculty at Calarts where he teaches alternative processes and mural size analog black and white and color printing.