Parks Gallery in Taos is presenting a series of short Showcase Exhibitions featuring prominent artists associated with the region whose work is seldom seen in local galleries. First in the series is “Bernard Plossu: Pictures of Taos.” Plossu, a famed French photographer, lived in Taos and Santa Fe from 1977 to 1985. The nine images in the show are included in “New Mexico Revisited, Photographs by Bernard Plossu” published by UNM Press in 1983 with a forward by Edward T. Hall. “One time in Taos someone said to me very seriously, ‘Look at the mountain. It’s magic!’ Plossu told ARTlines in 1981. “I laughed. O.K., it’s a nice, groovy, hippie statement, but there’s more to New Mexico than a magic hippie mountain. It’s not what it’s about at all! It’s not just groovy, and who wants to be groovy anyway? Pain is such a big teacher in life, how can you avoid it? Why does everything have to be only super-happiness? What makes New Mexico magic is that it’s a land that’s had a fantastic mixture of cultures and civilizations, and a lot of good times and a lot of rough times. It’s a real place and to just call it magic is limiting it tremendously. Let’s just try to be who we are and struggle here like anywhere else.” The photographer has shown around the world, most recently “From California to New Mexico, 1966 to 1985” last spring at the French Embassy in Moscow. He was honored with a major retrospective at Centre Pompidou in Paris in 1988.