Tony O’Brien

about Tony

Tony O’Brien began his photography career in 1973. His work has appeared in LIFE, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, and many other national and international publications. He has documented the lives of drug addicts and prostitutes on the streets of Washington, D.C. and New York, the struggle of Afghan rebels fighting the Soviet occupation of their country, and a British expedition climbing Mount Everest. Tony spent six months in the Middle East covering the Persian Gulf for LIFE, and he returned to Afghanistan in 2003 and 2007 for his children’s book, Afghan Dreams. His latest book, Light in the Desert, about contemplative life at a small Benedictine monastery was published in 2011In 1990, he won the first Eliot Porter Foundation Grant for his work in Afghanistan.

Tony’s photography has been exhibited at the Museum of Our National Heritage in Massachusetts, Adham Center of Photography in Cairo, the Atrium Gallery at the Marion Center of Photographic Arts, and the Newseum, among others. He is the former Department Chair of the Marion Center of Photographic Arts at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design.

Workshops taught by Tony O'Brien

Creative Post-Processing: Using Simple Techniques to Craft Artistic Images

with Shelley Vandegrift

June 17 – 27, 2024

Photoshop for Photographers: The Essentials

with Shelley Vandegrift

June 3 – 13, 2024

Digital Collage 1.0

with Maggie Taylor

May 1, 4, and 8, 2024

Night Sky Photography and Post-Processing Techniques

with Rick Berk

May 9 – 20, 2024

A Photograph as Haiku: The Leap

with M. H. Rubin

April 15 – May 2, 2024

The Fine Art of Still Photography

with Kimberly Witham

October 19, 2024

The Language of Vision

with Maria Finitzo

May 6 – 23, 2024

Modern Montage: A Creative Retreat

with Maggie Taylor

October 21 – 25, 2024

The Next Step: San Miguel de Allende

with Sam Abell

October 21 – 25, 2024

The Fine Art of Infrared Photography: Unveil the Hidden Beauty

with Laurie Klein and Shelley Vandegrift

October 14 – 18, 2024

Mojo Rising: Renew Your Creative Spirit

with Keith Carter

October 14 – 18, 2024

Discover the Realm of Blur

with Roxanne Bouché Overton

October 14 – 18, 2024

Discovering One's Intuition Through Compositing

with Karen Divine

October 7 – 11, 2024

Exploring the Secrets of the Night: San Miguel de Allende

with Jason Langer

October 7 – 11, 2024

Spirit of Place: San Miguel de Allende

with Sal Taylor Kydd

October 7 – 11, 2024

A Portrait of Coastal Maine

with Reid Callanan

October 27 – 31, 2024

Autumn Colors in Acadia

with Rick Berk

October 6 – 10, 2024

On Print Process: Vintage to Digital

with Anne Kelly

April 20, 2024

Architectural Narratives in Landscape Photography

with Serena Dzenis

June 1 – July 6, 2024

ICM + ME Artistry: Three Voices, Three Visions

with with Renee Lynn, nicholas x bent, Craig Boehman, and moderator Stephanie Johnson

May 18, 2024
– Summer Season

The Poetry of Place

with Susan Burnstine

July 22 – 26, 2024
– Summer Season

Alternative Photographic Processes Using Natural Materials

with Julia C. Martin

July 22 – 26, 2024
– Summer Season

The Fine Art of Macro Photography

with Kristi Odom

July 15 – 19, 2024
– Summer Season

The Photographic Book

with Mark Klett

July 8 – 12, 2024
– Summer Season

The Cultural Portrait

with Jennifer Spelman

July 8 – 12, 2024
– Summer Season

From A to Zine: A Super Fun Five-Day Photo Zine Deep Dive

with Jeff Phillips

July 1 – 5, 2024

Practices for Creativity and Innovation

with Alex Yudzon

May 22 – June 19, 2024

Thinking Outside the Box

with Susan Burnstine

April 16 – May 14, 2024

Using Metaphor and Emotion in Flower Photography

with Kathleen Clemons

May 22 – June 19, 2024

A Natural Eye: The Expressive Landscape—Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah

with Eddie Soloway

August 18 – 23, 2024

The Art of Composition—Reimagined

with M. H. Rubin

March 26 – April 12, 2024

Exploring the Imaginative Landscape

with Valda Bailey

April 3 and 5, 2024

Pet Photography

with Shaina Fishman

April 23 – May 14, 2024
– Summer Season

The Allure of Botanicals

with Leanne Trivett S.

July 22 – 26, 2024
– Summer Season

An Intimate Portrait of Place: Santa Fe and Beyond

with Lee Anne White

July 22 – 26, 2024
– Summer Season

Crafting the Editorial Portrait in Natural Light

with Katie McCurdy

July 8 – 12, 2024
– Summer Season

Developing a Personal Project

with Ed Kashi

July 8 – 12, 2024

Introduction to Photoshop

with Zach Taylor

March 9 and 10, 2024

Introduction to Lightroom Classic

with Zach Taylor

– Summer Season

Nature's Embrace

with Xuan-Hui Ng

July 15 – 19, 2024

Location Lighting: The Basics

with Christie Hemm Klok

May 18 and 19, 2024

From Vision to Project

with Jon Henry

April 10 – May 8, 2024

Photographing in the Social Landscape

with Thomas Alleman

March 5 – 29, 2024

Silver and Gold Leaf Photography

with Marcy Palmer

April 9 – 30, 2024

The Art of iPhone Photography: From Capture to Edit

with Pei Ketron

March 19 and 21, 2024

the WORK of art

with Lori Vrba and Tobia Makover

March 23 and 24, 2024

Exploration of Personal Style

with Oghalé Alex

Photo Editing Essentials

with Andrea Wise

April 27 and 28, 2024

Serving as Witness to Your Life: A Photographic Practice

with Ibarionex Perello

February 6 – 27, 2024

iPhone in the Landscape

with Sue Bloom

April 8 – 18, 2024