Santa Fe art dealer, Harvard reach deal over book’s photos

Steve Elmore, an Indian art dealer in Santa Fe, and Harvard University have reached a settlement over the publication of photos in a book on Hopi potter Nampeyo. Luke E. Montavon/For The New Mexican file photo

Steve Elmore, owner of a Native American art gallery in Santa Fe, will be able to resume selling his self-published book on the renowned Hopi potter Nampeyo under a settlement he recently reached with Harvard University.

Last month’s settlement is a “significant victory for Nampeyo,” Elmore said, because “we will be able to continue telling her story.”

Harvard sued Elmore in federal court last year, alleging copyright infringement and breach of contract over photos he had used in the book, In Search of Nampeyo: The Early Years 1875-1892. The work, he said, was the culmination of two decades of research on an artist he called “as great as [Georgia] O’Keeffe on any level.”

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