Eugene Tapahe is a professional photographer and is Diné (Navajo), originally from Window Rock, Arizona. He currently resides in Provo, Utah, and is married to Sharon. Together they have two daughters, Erin and Dion. During Eugene Tapahe’s first years of life on the Navajo Nation, he and his grandmother lived off the land and practiced the traditional ways of their ancestors. Tapahe learned at an early age the importance of respecting, preserving and protecting what is sacred – the land, water and nature. Tapahe unites his love for nature and culture with his professional education in graphic design, journalism and fine arts landscape and portrait photography to create his beautiful images. Tapahe has always loved photography from the first time he picked up a camera and known he had a special gift for telling stories through his art; He has a deep desire to continue photographing the lands his ancestors once walked. Tapahe has won several awards including—for the first time in any Indian Market— the Best of Show award for his photography at the Cherokee Indian Market (2018) and The Museum of Northern Arizona (2019). Tapahe’s work has won two International Awards of Excellence from Communication Arts magazine. Tapahe shows his art at the Santa Fe Indian Market, Heard Museum Indian Market, Cherokee Indian Market and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. Tapahe’s work is featured at the Rainmaker Gallery in Bristol, England, Four Winds Gallery in Sydney, Australia and the Alpine Art Gallery in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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