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What does it take to be on the Mt. Rushmore of photography? A long career? A deep body of work? Classic images? Name recognition? Philosophy? Followers? Prosperity? None of that would hurt, and a lot of it would help. But none of it gets you chiseled into the minds of other photographers like being called ‘influential’—one whose work and way of life changed photography forever.
In three sharply defined but deeply discursive presentations esteemed photographer, writer, teacher, and eloquent orator Sam Abell defines who he thinks belongs on the mountaintop of photography—and why.
Sam’s opinion, informed by a lifetime of work, is respectful but also revealing. Join him and a world-wide audience as he peels back layers on the lives and accomplishments of three legendary photographers in a riveting, live, streaming broadcast. The presentations, delivered over three consecutive days in early June, draw on the deep but dramatically different work of three legendary photographers who changed both photography and the lives—Sam's among them—of the photographers who followed them.
A 10 to 15 minute Question and Answer session follows each daily presentation. Questions from the participants will be reviewed and a few selected during this informal wrap-up conversation.
Open to anyone interested in this special program.
Class will meet from 12:00 - 1:00 pm (Mountain Time), June 9, June 10, and June 11 (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday). You can participate in this seminar even if you can’t make one or all of the live events. Paid participants will have 24 hours to access the online presentations.
Zoom Video Conferencing software (available for no charge from Zoom.com) will be used to facilitate the class sessions. Further details will be emailed to registrants.
For the convenience of participants, recordings of each class session are posted privately for two weeks after the end of each session. Santa Fe Workshops takes the recordings down after two weeks to protect the intellectual property of our instructors.
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; and is a thirty-year summer resident on the coast of Maine.
Get to know Sam in our Inspiration Series video »