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Sam Abell
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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, his 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. This is his 25th year teaching at the Workshops. His website address is www.samabell-thephotographiclife.com.

A popular workshop instructor, Sam is also part of our Mentorship Program »


Rick Allred
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Rick Allred has been passionate about photography since 1986. He jump-started his digital career in 1996, when he helped launch the digital program at Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. After a five-year tenure as head of the photography department at the Hui No’Eau Visual Art Center in Maui, he returned to the Land of Enchantment to helm the digital lab at Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. Currently, Rick teaches Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop and digital photography while pursuing creative projects as a freelance photographer, artist, and educator.

Rick is a patient and generous instructor, providing an environment where people can tackle technology with ease, and break through creative boundaries. This is his 14th year teaching for The Workshops. Rick’s web site is www.rickallredimagery.com.


Stephen Alvarez
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Stephen Alvarez is a photographer and filmmaker who produces global stories about exploration, adventure, and culture. He has been a National Geographic photographer since 1995 and has published over a dozen stories with the magazine, including the discovery of an ancient Incan mummy in Peru, the deepest cave in the world near the Black Sea, a jungle expedition through Central America’s longest cave, the whitewater world of New Britain’s caves, the stone forest of Madagascar, a sailing expedition with the Polynesian Voyaging Society aboard the Hokule’a, and the world below Paris from the Opera to the sewers. He has also produced stories with National Public Radio, including a story on underground Paris that won a 2012 White House News Photographers Association award.

His other awards include Pictures of the Year International and Communications Arts. His story on the Maya and their religious rituals was exhibited at Visa pour L’Image in Perpignan, France. Stephen’s appearances and lectures include NPR, PBS, and CBS Sunday Morning, as well as the Annenberg Space for Photography, National Geographic Live, the Atlanta Photojournalism Festival, and the Banff Mountain Centre. Stephen is also a founding member of The Photo Society. This is his second year teaching with The Workshops. His website is alvarezphotography.com.


Michael Amici
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Michael Amici is an internationally award-winning photojournalist with an eye for capturing unique and inspiring moments. As a distinctive voice in the world of event and wedding photography, his desire to distill the best from the most ordinary circumstances defines him as not just a photographer, but an artist with a belief in creating and redefining possibilities. From Smithsonian Magazine to the wedding planning website The Knot, his clients are as diverse and inspiring as his photos.

Michael is based in San Miguel de Allende in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico; he travels around the globe for photo assignments of all kinds. His website is www.michaelamici.com.


Syl Arena
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Syl Arena, a photographer with more than 40 years of experience, is obsessed with light— seeing it, feeling it, and sharing it. He is equally fascinated with shadow. By taking a pictorial rather than documentary approach to photography, he freely shapes these two elements to create images that convey the personas of his subjects. Syl studied at Brooks Institute of Photography and the University of Arizona, where he earned his BFA in photography. In addition to being the author of the internationally best-selling Speedliter's Handbook and Lighting for Digital Photography, Syl also writes about lighting and photography on his blog, www.pixsylated.com. This is his fourth year teaching for The Workshops. His web site is www.sylarena.com.


Zack Arias
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Zack Arias is an editorial and commercial photographer based in Atlanta, GA. He first travelled to Cuba with The Workshops in April, 2013. After working for many years in the music industry before branching out into more editorial and advertising work, Zack’s greatest talents are his ability to work with a variety of people and getting nervous subjects to relax in front of the lens. His style is known for being simple, straightforward, bold, classic, true, and straight from camera. This is Zack's second year teaching with The Workshops. His website is www.zackarias.com.


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