Living in the Story documents thirty-five years of art-making by photographer Patrick Nagatani. The film portrays an artist deeply concerned with world events, who uses imagery and storytelling to raise awareness about modern anxieties, with an emphasis on the threat of nuclear weapons. Despite the serious content of his subject matter, his innovative images are compelling and entertaining. An engaging raconteur and teacher, Nagatani talks in the film about his projects, his unorthodox photographic techniques, and his subtle weaving together of fiction and fact.

Scott Nagatani’s hauntingly beautiful music score provides the film’s soundtrack.




April 27, 2018 at 6:30 pm - Popejoy Hall, University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque, NM.
FREE tickets can be picked up in person at the UNM Art Museum or at the UNM Ticket Office.

June 24, 2018 at 1:00 pm - New Mexico Museum of Art, St. Francis Auditorium, 107 W. Palace Ave., Santa Fe NM 87501

Cinalfama Lisbon International Film Awards, Lisbon, Portugal
NewFilmmakers @ Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY
Society for Photographic Education (SPE) National Conference, Philadelphia, PA
Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, OH
Lycoming College, Williamsport, PA


“I love it – I love that Patrick tells the tale entirely himself; that he steps beyond the front world of the filming to take me into his looping mind. The fun and of the journey comes across beautifully, yet also the political pointedness, punctuated by curt phrases – like about becoming Catholic to fit in ‘but that didn't work.’ " – John Rohrbach, Senior Curator of Photographs at the Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX

“It's wonderful to hear Patrick's ideas expressed in his own voice alongside the work. The film is terrific!” – Mary Statzer, Curator of Prints & Photographs, University of New Mexico Art Museum


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