Nightfall transforms San Miguel de Allende. During a magical period that begins at dusk and lasts until dawn, this world-class city is dynamically alive with the color and mood of nightlife.
San Miguel’s compelling after-hours activity is the subject of a new workshop led by esteemed photographer Sam Abell. Designed for advanced photographers comfortable working in cultures other than their own, it offers participants a unique opportunity to continue creating images after the sun sets and the light of night takes over.
Working alone or in small groups, we go behind the scenes to capture the intimacy and color of San Miguel’s renowned nocturnal life, both social and cultural, paying extra attention to the ways in which daytime activities are made possible by workers of the night. Throughout, participants meet individually and as a group with Sam for regular editing sessions, reviews of photographs, and constructive critiques.
By traversing San Miguel and engaging in its multifaceted nightlife, we produce pieces that reveal a fresh perspective on the authenticity of this fascinating ancient city and its inhabitants.
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.
Please see the Portfolio Section of General Information for Guidelines on your submission of recent images, including some showing low-light photography.
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.
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