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Online Newsletter for June 2008
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News Shorts

Featured Summer Photography Workshops

Featured Digital Lab Workshop in Santa Fe

On-the-Road Workshops: Oaxaca and Venice

Center: Portfolio Viewing

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Quote of the Month

“I take photographs with love, so I try to make them art objects. But I make them for myself first and foremost — that is important. ”

—Jacques-Henri Lartigue

Jerry's Digital Tip of the Month
Jerry Courvoisier
This month's tip is about creating a signature brush in Photoshop for your digital photos. Download the Quicktime movie.

View an archive of digital tips from Jerry.

Participant Image of the Month

© Evalyn Bemis, participant in the "Sharpening Your Photographic Skills" workshop with Raul Touzon, July 2007.

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News Shorts
America At Home
» The Santa Fe Photographic Workshops is pleased to announce the latest project from Rick Smolan, author of the books in the "Day in the Life" series. America At Home is a compelling photo book that captures the extraordinary diversity of American home life—the emotions, rituals and events that make a house a home. Complete information can be viewed at A unique feature available is a custom book jacket. Download this PDF to read more about this.

» The summer session will soon begin and The Workshops is pleased to welcome back the following seasonal staff: Kacie Comley, Mike Donnor, David Hyams, Karen Lenz, Santiago Romero, Gonzalo Rufat, Jennifer Spelman, and Lance Thorn. Joining them for the first time are Alyssa Bowers, Lauren Devon Helbush, Cotton Miller, Leah Tepper-Byrne, and Kevin Vu. We look forward to a great summer season and welcome you all!

» The Santa Fe Photographic Workshops would also like to announce the return of Instructor Image Presentations this summer. Each Monday and Tuesday evening (note: changed from Wednesday) during the weeks of June 15-August 3, instructors teaching workshops will present their personal work. These presentations are held at the recently remodeled (and now air-conditioned) Santa Fe Prep Auditorium beginning at 8:30 pm. We hope to see many of you there!

» Workshops in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico: Don't forget that registrants before July 1 will be given a $100 discount off the package price of each workshop they register for. Call The Workshops if you have any questions or if you would like to register (505) 983-1400, ext. 11.

» Call for EntriesPhotography.Book.Now celebrates the most creative, most innovative, and finest self-published photography books – and the people behind them. Take part in this international juried book competition, traveling salon, and symposium. Submit your book by July 14 for the chance to gain worldwide recognition plus $25,000 to finish – or start – any project you want. Learn more.

Featured Summer Photography Workshops
© Cig Harvey
© Cig Harvey
The Personal Photographic Image
with Cig Harvey
June 29-July 5

This workshop is about manifesting our personal stories through the powerful medium of photography. Using metaphor and symbolism, participants photograph across many genres—the found and the constructed, the landscape, the still life, the portrait, and the self-portrait—in order to visually articulate their narratives. Days are filled with photographing, writing, brainstorming picture ideas, critiquing images from the previous day, and viewing work by other artists who have used personal experience as a vehicle. Cig also meets individually with each participant to discuss how to push his/her work farther and avoid repetition.

Cig Harvey is a fine-art photographer and educator who was named one of PDN’s “emerging 30” in 2005. Her images are in numerous collections worldwide, and her clients include Kate Spade, Bloomingdales, Ralph Lauren, and O Magazine. Cig’s work was recently highlighted in Photo District News, Popular Photography, and Shots magazine. A professor at the Art Institute of Boston, Cig has taught workshops for the past seven years. This is Cig’s third year teaching at The Workshops. Her Web site address is

For further details, including information on tuition and other fees, click HERE or call (505) 983-1400, ext. 11.

© John Weiss
© John Weiss
Photographing People
with John Weiss
June 29-July 5

There are two main categories in the area of photographing people: portraits and candids. This workshop is for those who have always wanted to photograph people but were hesitant to try, and those who have begun to develop these skills and wish to improve them. Participants in this workshop learn techniques for increasing concentration and awareness, for “slowing down time” so as to organize a complex yet ordered frame. The multicultural environs of Santa Fe provide rich and varied opportunities for this adventure in photographing people.

John Weiss, for many years professor of art and director of photography at the University of Delaware, now leads travel workshops to fascinating destinations across the globe. His book, The Face of Baseball, was featured in Life magazine and on NBC’s ”Today Show.“ John is also author of Venus, Jupiter & Mars, an authoritative monograph on the photographer Frederick Sommer. He is currently at work on a new book project featuring close-up portraits of people in Ireland. This is John’s 16th year teaching at The Workshops. His web site address is

To read more about John's workshop, visit Photographing People. Register online or call (505) 983-1400, ext. 11.

Featured Digital Lab Workshop in Santa Fe
© Kirk Amyx
© Kirk Amyx
Enhancing Your Creative Vision with Adobe Photoshop
with Kirk Amyx
July 20-26, 2008

Designed for competent Photoshop users, this workshop is aimed at those interested in harnessing the creative potential of the program to enhance and expand their personal vision. Working with participants’ existing digital files or photos that we capture during Santa Fe excursions, Kirk helps us discover new and exciting techniques for personal expression through photography.

While personal expression is the highest goal for the workshop, participants also enhance their knowledge of Camera Raw and the use of Bridge to create an efficient workflow for creative projects. At the end of the week we focus on producing archival-quality prints.

Kirk Amyx has worked as a photographer for the San Francisco advertising and design communities for nearly 20 years. Using light, composition, and refinements in Photoshop, he creates dynamic still-life and food imagery for many nationally known clients. A graduate of the Art Center College of Design and a photographer since the age of 12, he is known for a balanced approach of refined technique and creative vision.

Kirk has taught Photoshop at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and is currently a member of the Graduate Fine Art Department at San José State University. He is a passionate and patient instructor who works easily with both novice Photoshop users and seasoned professionals. This is Kirk’s fifth year teaching at The Workshops. His Web site address is

Visit the Web site for complete details. Register online or call the Workshops (505) 983-1400, ext 11.

On-the-Road Workshops: Oaxaca and Venice
© Raul Touzon
© Raul Touzon
Guelaguetza, Dance of the Gods: Oaxaca, Mexico
with Raul Touzon
July 19-26, 2008

This workshop, now in its third year, is based in Oaxaca City, famous for the beauty and harmony of its architecture, the richness of its cultural traditions, the wide variety of its foods, and its temperate climate, which is spring-like throughout the year. Guelaguetza — a Zapotec word signifying “offering” — is the term used for the annual ceremony and celebration by which the pre-Hispanic inhabitants of Oaxaca thanked the gods for sufficient rain and a bountiful harvest. Raul has planned a full week of photographing celebrations and the surrounding area.

The week includes daily critiques, along with discussions and demonstrations of digital camera settings, accurate metering and exposure, the rules of composition, and creative uses of light. Other topics explored are editing, sequencing, story development, and the key tools in Adobe Photoshop and Bridge for the development of an efficient digital workflow.

Visit our Web site to read more about this on-the-road workshop and Raul Touzon. Also visit Raul's Web site for complete details, including a day-by-day schedule. To register, call The Workshops at (505) 983-1400, ext. 11.

© John Weiss
© John Weiss
Reflections of Venice: A Photographic and Cultural Expedition
with John Weiss
October 2 – 11, 2008

Ah, Venice! The legendary city of art and architecture, with 100 square miles of water, separated by a dense network of 177 canals and joined by 400 small bridges. Artists and photographers alike marvel at the quality of light in Venice during the Fall, when the faded pastel 13th Century facades are glowing.

Our itinerary takes us to a wide array of venues. Of course, we will photograph in the Piazza San Marco, with its Basilica and Campanile, Ducal Palace and the tiny island of Burano, where photographs seem to be lurking everywhere. But we will also explore the narrow, hidden-from-tourists alleyways (soporettos), where everyday life is lived by Venetians.

Land cost in Venice is $3395. For complete information, please contact Strabo International Tour Company at 607-756-8676, or call John Weiss at (410) 392-2929. Please mention that you learned about this opportunity from the Santa Fe Workshops.

There are still places available on the Journey to Peru tour, also led by John Weiss, August 30 – September 8, 2008. Please use contact numbers above for details.

Center: Portfolio Viewing

© Matt Suhre

Center is pleased to announce a public portfolio viewing on Friday, June 6, 2008, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., at Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, in their newly finished two-story gallery in Santa Fe.

This free event provides collectors and photography lovers with a unique opportunity to meet with and view the projects of 100 nationally renowned photographers and those on the cusp of wider recognition. Portfolio Viewing is a component of Review Santa Fe, the country’s only juried portfolio review event.

Please join us in celebrating the work of these photographers and see the important topics being explored by image-makers today, which include significant social, environmental and political issues as well as outstanding fine art.

• Friday, June 6, 2008, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
• Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, 435 South Guadalupe, Santa Fe
• Free and open to the public
• For additional information call 505.984.8353 or go to

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