Online registration for this program has closed. To check availability or if you would like further information, please call 505-983-1400 ext. 111.
COVID-19 Update: For all in-person workshops and trips in 2022, Santa Fe Workshops requires that all participants attending be fully vaccinated (per definition of the CDC) and provide proof of vaccination. This requirement applies to students, staff, and instructors.
The goal of this legendary workshop—rarely offered and always sold out—is to help serious photographers, both professional and advanced amateurs, jump-start the process of taking your work to the next level. It is designed to motivate you to identify obstacles, clarify your work, and take the steps necessary to revitalize your career and photographic life.
Working with renowned photographer and teacher Sam Abell, participants edit their existing portfolios and generate new work. In addition to an intensive daily program of editing and photographic assignments, our schedule includes in-depth, one-on-one and group portfolio sessions with Sam, and field trips to photographers' studios, galleries, publishing houses, and photo bookstores. Throughout the workshop, each individual seeks to answer two essential questions: "What is a well-lived photographic life?” and “How do I achieve it?" The durable result of this immersion in photography is a leaner, finer approach to working, editing, and carrying projects and careers forward to the next level.
Growth is essential to both a well-made career and a well-lived life. Are you ready to take the next photographic step, personally and professionally? Participants in this workshop should have enough of an established path in photography that, through their work and words, they can share with one another the road they have traveled so far, their dreams, and their future destinations.
Working knowledge of digital workflow and manual mode on your digital SLR or mirrorless camera. Participants must be able to download, select, and transfer images to their own jump drive for class each day.
Maximum enrollment for this workshop is 12 participants.
Participants are responsible for making their own accommodation arrangements in Santa Fe. On-campus accommodations are not currently available.
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.