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Central School presents The Photography of Cathy Murphy and Boyd Nicholl

A rich survey of work spanning 5 decades

Central School Project invites the public to this powerful two person show in our gallery.

The preview reception will be held on Friday evening, April 8th, 6:30 - 8:30.

The gallery will be open on Saturdays and Sundays 11-4.

Cathy Murphy and Boyd Nicholl are longtime Bisbee residents who have been dedicated to their craft for decades. These 2 photographers have viewed and captured countless moments through the lens and to have their work hanging together is a special event.


Cathy is renowned for iconic documentarian images of Cesar Chavez. While working as a photographic stringer for the Santa Barbara News and Review, she met the Civil Rights leaders, Cesar E. Chavez and she subsequently became Staff Photographer for United Farm Workers capturing the entire Thousand Mile March. the farm workers leader and activist. Cathy went on to a busy traveling career including capturing regional beauty for Cochise County Tourism Council. She also worked for Elderhostel International, making a total of 15 trips through Copper Canyon in Sonora, Mexico photographing the Tarahumara and Day of the Dead ceremonies.


Boyd’s work has a poetic and contemplative beauty and contains a deep sense of place; there is also delighted playfulness in in his work. He will be showing some of his gelatin prints, hand colored works, and his most recent work shot with his smartphone.

Regarding his work as a photographer Boyd has said something that sums up the

passion of an artist and their medium:

“photography has been very good to me! It has challenged me, made me my living and brought the world into my life. What the new work has done for me is reduce the effort to simple seeing. No stuffing the universe through the lens, just easy direct experience of the magical all around us. Will photograph till I drop, it is my life and my passion.”


IMPORTANT: 40-person audience maximum. Masks and proof of vaccination (2) is required to attend. Please read our full pandemic policy


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