Faces of Chaco is an ongoing documentary photography series centered on elevating the living voices of Greater Chaco region in Northwest New Mexico. For centuries, the indigenous ancestors of local people have thrived in this harsh and stunning place. It is a landscape that two dozen indigenous tribes still hold sacred. Yet, over the last half century, unfettered and illegal oil and gas development enabled by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has ravaged the region, producing environmental, community, and spiritual scars that will never heal.
Through Faces of Chaco, the local people are speaking out in defense of their home. This project is their story and their demand for proper protections for their community. A mixture of documentary and portrait photography paints a picture of how their home has changed, where they find the inspiration to push forward despite the odds, and how the rest of us can help them fight for a better future for their children.
Faces of Chaco is a project from photographer Rob Zeigler done in partnership with the San Juan Citizens Alliance, a 501(c)(3) organization that advocates for clean air, pure water and healthy lands in the San Juan Basin, and community activists from the Greater Chaco region. Check out the whole story, and take action, at facesofchaco.org.
Rob Zeigler is a photographer, writer and film editor currently residing in Dallas, TX. After three years of focusing on street and travel photography, his documentary work now reflects his strong
desire to document and highlight those who might otherwise go unnoticed.