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Capturing the visual character of historic and atmospheric San Miguel is the alluring theme of this new workshop. Led by esteemed photographer and teacher Sam Abell, a select group of photographers will spend five days and nights intensely documenting the character--and the characters--of this beloved city.
Between outings, Sam will conduct classes devoted to closely analyzing participant's work--in both group settings and in concentrated one-on-one sessions. The result will be individually honed bodies of work that make the statement, 'This is the essential character of San Miguel.'
In addition to field work and critiques, Sam will present an overview of his previous work in San Miguel and elsewhere, all with the goal of more deeply understanding how meaningful photographic essays are created.
Participants need to be technically self-sufficient, as this is not a workshop to learn how to use your gear or editing software. Participants must be able to download, select, and transfer images to their own jump drive for class each day.
Participants should plan to travel to San Miguel no later than Wednesday, October 19. Workshop check-in will be Thursday morning, followed by breakfast and a brief orientation. The workshop ends on Monday evening with a final dinner and image presentations.
Visit the San Miguel Campus page on our website for details on accommodations, meals, transportation, and more.
Enrollment for this San Miguel workshop is limited to 10 participants.
For participants wanting to stay at Hotel Posada de la Aldea, double accommodations are $415 per person for 6 nights, Wednesday through Monday, (for couples taking workshops and friends traveling together) or $830 per person, single accommodations for 6 nights, Wednesday through Monday. Additional nights at the hotel can be arranged for participants; please discuss needs with the Administration Office in Santa Fe.
$3,395 (USD) includes tuition, breakfast Thursday through Tuesday, lunch Thursday through Monday, final dinner on Monday, and model/location/materials fees if applicable to the class. Hotel accommodations are not included in the package price; see details above. The package price also does not cover additional meals and personal expenses such as air travel and shuttle from the airport.
Sam Abell is a gifted and insightful teacher, an expressive artist, and a sensitive photographer who learned photography from his father, Thad Abell. Sam worked for National Geographic as a contract and staff photographer, and also as a Photographer in Residence. In 1990, Sam’s work was the subject of a one-person exhibition at the International Center of Photography in New York. Since then he has published three collections of his work: Seeing Gardens, Sam Abell: The Photographic Life, and The Life of a Photograph. In addition, Sam maintains a career as a writer, teacher, and lecturer on photography.
Get to know Sam in our Inspiration Series video »
This workshop is currently full. Use this form to sign up for the waitlist, and SFW will reach out if a seat becomes available.