Sam Abell’s forty-year career has been dedicated to achieving artistic expression through documentary photography. He has pursued his goals primarily through lengthy, in-depth assignments for National Geographic, where for thirty years he was a contract and staff photographer.
At the same time, he has maintained a career as an artist, teacher and author. Mr. Abell was a founder of the Santa Fe Center of Photography and has been a member of the boards of the George Eastman House, Rochester, NY and the University of Virginia Museum of Art. A one-person exhibit and monograph of his work at mid-career titled Stay This Moment was organized by the International Center of Photography in New York in 1990. In 2002 a traveling exhibit and monograph of his work titled Sam Abell: The Photographic Life was organized by the University of Virginia Art Museum. His other book credits include Seeing Gardens (2000) and The Life of a Photograph (2008).
His book, Amazonia, was published in January 2010 to coincide with a traveling exhibition of images organized by the University of Oregon Art Museum. The first installment of four books in the planned 16-volume publication of The Sam Abell Library was released January 2013 by Radius Books, Santa Fe.
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with Sam Abell
Tony Bonanno is a professional photographer based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Tony’s specialties are the fine art market, event & assignment photography, architecture & interiors, and travel & documentary work. He enjoys teaching and mentoring other photographers and is an instructor at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.
Tony grew up in Washington, DC, but soon left the city for more rural landscapes. He has photographed extensively throughout the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, Peru, Cuba, Australia, and Africa. His subjects have ranged from the President and First Lady of the United States to indigenous peoples and their cultures, to capturing the beauty and rhythms of running horses in his acclaimed “Hooves & Dust” series.
Tony’s editorial work includes numerous regional, national, and international publications including the Boston Globe and the International Herald Tribune (Paris).
His photography has been featured in numerous galleries throughout the US and Mexico. He was the recipient of the prestigious Leo Diehl Award at the Creative Arts Center in Chatham, Massachusetts and was the feature artist at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History.Website
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with Tony Bonanno
David has 40+ years of experience in the darkroom doing both monochrome and color film processing and printing. He’s been a wedding and commercial photographer and has worked as a full-time darkroom technician.
He taught high school briefly after college before being employed by a security surveillance company that used 35mm film. David maintained multiple cameras in over a hundred locations, designed an in-house darkroom for the company, and processed, printed and archived tens of thousands of feet of film. Now retired from his “day job” as an analyst for the Department of the Treasury, he maintains a working darkroom for personal work. While using state of the art digital for color, all black and white work is done with film and silver gelatin printing.
From 2006 to 2009, he worked with four other Texas photographers on the Texas Church Project: a collaborative effort documenting historic church buildings using film and darkroom prints. The TCP photographers exhibited multiple times and appeared in a segment of the “Texas Country Reporter” TV show. In 2014, David produced a group exhibition with work from seven Texas photographers, showing silver gelatin prints, platinum/palladium prints, and ambrotypes. In 2015, he completed a documentary project photographing historic pipe organs in Texas and surrounding states. This project resulted in two exhibitions and a book.
After a lifetime of landscapes, architectural and documentary work, David now seeks to create photographs that he first “sees” in his mind, rather than capturing a scene that he encounters and documents. As part of that process, David has moved into the studio, and is experimenting with still life, macro, and small abstract setups. He believes that one must never stop learning and moving forward!
University of North Texas 2007 (group)
Abilene Camera Club 2008 (solo – with presentation)
Jeanette Kennedy Gallery, Dallas 2009 (group)
Texas Tech University School of Architecture 2009 (group – with lecture presentation)
Cathedral of Saint Matthew, Dallas 2010 (solo)
Jeanette Kennedy Gallery, Dallas 2014 (group)
East Texas Pipe Organ Festival Archives, Kilgore 2014 (solo)
East Texas Pipe Organ Festival Archives, Kilgore 2015 (solo)
Hillary DeParde was introduced to the art of photography by her grandfather when she was seven years old, spooling her first roll of film in a dark closet while he coached her from the other side of the door. After twenty years of professional photography experience, she continues to use her grandfather’s old safe light and Kodak timers from the 30s — vestiges of her familial connection to the art of photography. With a mastery of manual cameras and darkroom printing, she specializes in film photography, creating classic and timeless portraits that have become a signature of her work.
Hillary also has extensive experience as an arts educator, teaching visual arts to both young people and adults in a variety of settings, ranging from private arts institutions to public schools. Her strength as an educator comes from her ability to draw on her visual arts degree, her skills as a working artist and her ability to guide students of all ages through the creative process. Sharing her love of the art, science and magic of film photography has been her most rewarding teaching experience.
Hillary has two grown children and helping them navigate their early years has helped to make her a more effective and engaging teacher.Website
with Hillary DeParde
Lisa Elmaleh’s work is an exploration of rural America. Using a portable darkroom in the back of her truck, Elmaleh photographs using the nineteenth century wet plate collodion process. Elmaleh is a West Virginia based photographer and educator at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She received the Silas Rhodes scholarship to attend the School of Visual Arts, and obtained a BFA with honors.
She has been awarded the Aaron Siskind Foundation IPF Grant, PDN’s 30, the Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation Grant, the Tierney Fellowship, and The Everglades National Park Artist Residency. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently featuring her American Folk work as a solo show at the Appalachian Center, Berea College in Kentucky, and a group show, Imaging Eden: Photographers Discover the Everglades at the Norton Museum. Elmaleh’s work has appeared in Harper’s Magazine, PDN, and Rangefinder, among others.Website
For over 15 years, Sylvia Elzafon has been passionate about creating compelling images of humans, animals and places. Working primarily with natural light, Sylvia’s photographic style is a combination of bright, fresh and intimate. “Capturing the essence of your subject so that viewer can truly connect” is at the heart of her style and inspiration. This is what guides her photography whether she’s creating family portraits or telling the story of our canine companions through imagery.
On a local level, Sylvia donates her time and lens to animal shelters where the need for strong imagery is so important. Her Shelter Series project that began in 2009, focuses on animals in the largest urban shelters, and includes Dallas and Los Angeles. This series of work has been published in D Magazine’s Best of Big D, Bark Magazine, Huffington Post, among others.
In addition to her national animal advocacy work, Sylvia works with a wide range of clients including the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Arts District, San Francisco Symphony, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Jane Goodall International, Environmental Media Association, Southwest Airlines and D Magazine.
Her dedication to creative imagery and her passion for travel have opened doors on multiple projects across the country and the world. Explore her work at SylviaElzafon.com.Website
Ed Kashi is a photojournalist, filmmaker and educator dedicated to documenting the social and political issues that define our times. A sensitive eye and an intimate relationship to his subjects are signatures of his work. As a member of VII Photo Agency, Kashi has been recognized for his complex imagery and its compelling rendering of the human condition.
Along with numerous awards, including Second Prize Contemporary Issues Singles in the 2011 World Press Photo Contest, UNICEF’s Photo of the Year 2010, a Prix Pictet 2010 Commission and honors from Pictures of the Year International, Communication Arts and American Photography, Kashi’s images have been published and exhibited worldwide. Additionally, his editorial assignments and personal projects have generated seven books, including the recent Curse of the Black Gold: 50 Years of Oil in the Niger Delta and THREE. Kashi’s latest book Photojournalisms, is a compilation of journal writings to his wife, done over a nearly 20-year period, from various locations around the world.
In 2002, Kashi and his wife, writer/filmmaker Julie Winokur, founded Talking Eyes Media. The non-profit company has produced numerous short films and multimedia pieces that explore significant social issues. The first project resulted in a book and traveling exhibition on uninsured Americans called Denied: The Crisis of America’s Uninsured.Website
with Ed Kashi
Noel Kerns is a Texas-based night photographer who specializes in capturing the abandoned landscape of the American southwest. Growing up in the central Texas Hill country, he developed his photographic skills shooting large format black & white landscapes. The slow and deliberate nature of the large format photographic process was a perfect launching pad into the art of digitally photographing the nocturnal world.
About Noel’s book Nightwatch: Painting With Light
(Noel is happy to sign copies of the book brought to the workshop)
“When people look at these images for the first time, they’re often simultaneously compelled and confused by what they see”, Kerns says. “They’re drawn to the mysterious, sometimes spooky quality the images often exude, but they‘re also usually curious about how the effects in the photographs are achieved. It’s fun to explain the process to both photographers and non-photographers alike, and to watch them as they try to comprehend the technical and physical processes associated with this style of photography.”
Kerns has a deep appreciation for the legacy these decaying, abandoned places leave behind. “I enjoy exploring and photographing these old places. I’d like to think that I’m taking these once bustling but now discarded locations and am dressing them up for one last night…making them look their best for a final portrait, if you will, one by which we may remember them forever after they’ve collapsed or been demolished to make way for the future.”
with Noel Kerns
Richard trained in photography and sculpture at the University of New Mexico. While mastering the technical aspects of lighting he has retained an artist’s understanding of subject and context. His commercial work is photographing hospitality, food & beverage, architecture and people in paradise for clients like Disney, Hyatt International, Intercontinental, Rosewood, Shangri-La and Sheraton Grand.
Richard has logged over 5 years of assignments shooting and directing crews in the US, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean, “I strive for an understated elegance in the images, if the viewer has the experience of actually being in the space in their mind’s eye and not noticing the photography, I have done my job well.”
He was an early adopter of digital imaging which has led to a deep understanding of the process. Richard says he feels fortunate to have lived through the digital revolution and had time to absorb that universe slowly, layer upon layer. Though he does confess that he works hard to make his digital files look like the 4”x5” transparencies he loved for so many years.
Richard is committed to passing on the craft and joy of image making by teaching classes and workshops at the Dallas Center for Photography, University of Texas at Arlington, the University of North Texas, Texas Woman’s University and as a contributor to lynda.com. “Learning is a process and I see myself as a lifelong learner continually taking on new subjects, being in a state of Beginners Mind. My commitment as an educator is to share complicated material in a way that is easily understood by the student regardless of their experience level. My approach is of mutual respect, honoring the knowledge and experience of everyone in the room.”
Richard joins his wife, fine art photographer and artist bookmaker, Susan kae Grant in supporting and participating in the visual culture of Dallas and New York. Frequently collaborating and always discussing ideas and approaches in the art making process makes them a great team. In addition to photography Richard has recorded ambient sound around the world that he uses in sound design for his animation and motion work.
Steve has over 30 years in film production and media creation and is known for his depth of knowledge and willingness to share his experience with others. Steve ran his own commercial production company whose client list included American Airlines, Garmin, Paramount Amusement Parks and numerous food and big box stores as well as banks, non-profits and hospitals.
He was a top selling contributor to Getty Images in both still and motion collections and ran a successful still portrait business with an emphasis on high quality images and deft retouching. He has extensive experience photographing flat and 3D art for Heritage Auctions and other clients. He is the inventor of the patented EyeDirect Focusing System product, used by hundreds of producers and camera people around the world.
Steve has a well known MacGyver-like skill for solving on-set challenges with inventive trickery and hacks. Sage advice came to him as he traveled to a Tokyo shoot with a seasoned cameraman who told him, “If you want to shoot…. You have to know how to light, if you want to direct… you have to know how to edit”. He carries that philosophy to all post production, still or motion, which he sees as an inherent part of the digital creation process, not just something to be used to fix “bad” images or sequences.
In the motion picture world, Steve has edited on everything from a 35mm KEM, Steenbeck, Moviola, Showchron, EMC2, Razor, Avid and ¾” linear editing systems. Today, Steve uses the Adobe Creative Suite daily and jumps back and forth between Premiere, After Effects and Photoshop.
Steve feels that both his directorial and editing talents will apply nicely to teaching media creators/editors and photographers at DCP. His approach to teaching will be sympathetic to the creative/dyslexic brain!Website
Jim Olvera fell in love with photography while studying architecture and engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. He received a camera as a gift during his freshman year and spent every spare moment taking pictures or working in his dormitory’s basement darkroom. His interest in the process grew into a passion, so midway through his junior year he made it his major. He went on to become the first graduate of the university’s nascent photography department.
He continued to study design, too, thinking that this would be helpful to him throughout his career, and he worked as a graphic designer for a year in Dallas before turning full-time to photography as an assistant to commercial photographers. Working both in the studio and on location, he gathered a great deal of experience in a very short time, and at the age of 25 he started his own business. In the nearly 40 years since, his work has taken him all over the world and landed him in the Permanent Collection of the Library of Congress. It has introduced him to people that he never would have dreamed of meeting and given him more opportunities than he ever would have imagined.
Jim enjoys sharing his knowledge and experiences with others, and he’s worked with students at every level from middle school classes to graduate degree programs. Coming from a family of teachers, he understands what a joy it is to hear someone say, “Oh, now I get it!”
Peter’s interest in photography started while attending an international high school in Athens, Greece where he often cut classes to spend time in the darkroom. His degree is in TV & film production with a minor in graphics and printing. He worked as an educational video producer for four years while starting to shoot stills professionally and building his portfolio.
In the early 80s he started freelancing with a specialty in travel and editorial photography. For the next decade or so he completed dozens of assignments for Smithsonian Magazine, Travel & Leisure, Food & Wine, Travel Holiday, Business Week, Time, Fortune, Forbes, Newsweek, The Dallas Morning News, WGBH and others. He also shot commercial and industrial work for small and large companies including Texaco, 7-11, CompUSA, AMEX and Fluor.
When his first child was born in the early 90s, he wanted to be closer to home so Peter backed off the location work, leased some studio space and started shooting indoors. For the next decade he was heavily involved in producing top-selling images for the stock photo business, shooting for Tony Stone Worldwide, which later became part of Getty Images.
Peter has owned The Spot Studio, Inc. since 1998 and started offering classes in 2009. Today, Dallas Center for Photography keeps him busy with teaching and finding other instructors to bring world class photographic education to Dallas.
Alan Ross has earned an international reputation as a specialist in the art of black-and-white photography – as an artist, educator and master printer. He was Ansel Adams’ Photographic Assistant in Carmel from 1974 to 1979, and integrally involved with Adams’ books, teaching in Yosemite, and production of fine prints. Ross is the exclusive printer of Ansel Adams’ Yosemite Special Edition Prints, an assignment Adams personally selected him for in 1975. He makes each print by hand from Adams’ original negatives using traditional darkroom techniques.
As a photographic educator, Ross specializes in helping photographers at any level to realize and express their photographic vision. He has led workshops in Yosemite & across the United States, Ireland, Italy, Australia and China.
Ross’s tonally exquisite black-and-white photograph prints, painstakingly hand-crafted in the darkroom, are prized by collectors and hang in collections throughout the world.Website
with Alan Ross
Barry Snidow is a professional photographer and photo educator living in Dallas, Texas. With over 35 years experience shooting commercially, making fine art and teaching college level photography, Snidow brings a wide breadth of photography experience to the table. “My goal is to help students achieve their photographic potential through solid technical coaching, honest criticism, and never-ending encouragement, while always remembering that learning must be fun”.Website
with Barry Snidow
Jennifer Spelman is a freelance editorial and documentary photographer based out of Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is a fluid traveler and is equally at home in rural villages and cosmopolitan cities.
A sensitive photographer of people, she strives to create images with energy and insight. Her clients have included Village Science, Seven Squared Media, The Heart Gallery, What Moves You, Sanjhi, and Sustainable Santa Fe.
Jennifer is a patient educator who has co-instructed with National Geographic Expeditions and taught workshops in Santa Fe, India, Mexico, and Cuba. She is thrilled to lead passionate photographers on ridiculously fun adventures around the world with the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.Website