Kurt Markus Photography Scholarship

Portrait of Kurt Markus at Eaves Ranch in Santa Fe, © Christopher Michel
Portrait of Kurt Markus at Eaves Ranch in Santa Fe, © Christopher Michel
© Christopher Michel

The Kurt Markus Family and Santa Fe Workshops are pleased to continue Kurt’s legacy as a teacher and role model for young photographers by awarding an annual scholarship in his name.

The Kurt Markus Photography Scholarship recognizes artistic promise coupled with a desire to live a photographic life by awarding a full scholarship to a one-week workshop in Santa Fe each summer to a young imagemaker.

Kurt Markus was a visual poet of the American West, creating authentic portraits, classic landscapes, and beautifully seductive fashion images. His photographs touched all strata of humanity and left a lasting imprint that will endure for many generations.

Equally important to Kurt was his role as a mentor. Starting in 2008, he made time each year to teach at Santa Fe Workshops. Instructing solo, co-teaching with Norman Mauskopf, or joining Jimmy Chin and Robert Maxwell for a Santa Fe Workshops/Outside Magazine Master Class, Kurt was dedicated to passing on his knowledge and passion for photography to the new generation of photographers.

The Kurt Markus Photography Scholarship offers the financial support for a young photographer to attend the workshop of their choice to include travel expenses to Santa Fe and return, workshop tuition and fees, car rental, meals, accommodations, and $500 for photographic supplies and miscellaneous expenses. In addition to the workshop in Santa Fe, the recipient will forever be linked to the spirit and accomplishments of Kurt as they traverse their own path forward in photography.

Photographers under 30 years old are encouraged to apply. There is no fee to apply for this scholarship. Jurors to award this annual scholarship are Laurie Kratochvil, Andy Anderson, and Reid Callanan.

The deadline for the 2023 scholarship has passed. Here is a link to this year’s scholarship recipient website, and read Bio below:

Beihua Guo (b. 1998) is a Chinese artist based in Los Angeles and Shanghai. He received a BA in studio art and environmental analysis from Pitzer College, California. His photographic and installation work explores human’s fragile relationship with nature, as well as the vanishing boundary between the natural and the built environment. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Photo Open Up International Photography Festival, and Nizhny Tagil Museum of Fine Arts. He is the winning recipient of the Lucie Scholarship Program; he has received recognition in the Three Shadows Photography Award, BarTur Photo Award, and PDNedu Student Photo Contest, among others. He has been awarded artist residencies in Yellowstone, Lassen Volcanic, and Petrified Forest National Park.


Stay tuned for details on the 2024 application process.

Donations to this fund to honor Kurt and his legacy as a teacher and a mentor are now being accepted. Tax-deductible donations should be made to CENTER, a 501(c3) not-for-profit organization based in Santa Fe. CENTER, founded in 1994, honors, supports, and provides opportunities to gifted and committed photographers.

Please mail donation checks with a notation “For Kurt Markus Scholarship Fund” to:

PO Box 8372
Santa Fe, NM 87504

Contact Reid Callanan if you have questions about donating to this scholarship fund at rcallanan@santafeworkshops.com. 

Three images from Monument Valley by Kurt Markus. Donations of $7500 or higher will receive one of these limited-edition prints (donor’s choice).

© Kurt Markus
© Kurt Markus
© Kurt Markus

Scholarship Winners

Kurt Markus Photography Scholarship
Beihua Guo
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