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Online Newsletter for November 2008
This Issue Includes:

News Shorts

20th Anniversary Calendar Available in December

Featured Digital Lab Workshop

Workshop Update from San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Reza and Sebastian Junger to Lecture in Santa Fe

Center News

Learn About Travel Photography from National Geographic Pros

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Winter/Spring 2009 Catalog (PDF)

The Workshops Blog

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Digital Lab Workshops

Workshops in Mexico

On-the-Road Workshops & Tours

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Quote of the Month

“Nothing is ever the same twice because everything is always gone forever, and yet each moment has infinite photographic possibilities.”

—Michael Kenna

Jerry's Digital Tip of the Month
Jerry Courvoisier
This month, Jerry provides a quick look at the NEW Photoshop CS4 navigation [download the Quicktime Movie (9MB)].

Also remember that Jerry's new book Lessons in DSLR Workflow with Lightroom and Photoshop is available from Peachpit Press and you can receive a 35% discount by entering code SANTAFE during checkout. Plus, U.S. customers get free shipping!

View an archive of digital tips from Jerry.

Participant Image of the Month
© Isabelle Clement
© Isabelle Clement, participant in the "Location Photography and Lighting" workshop with Joe McNally, March 2008.

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News Shorts
» Photography Mentorships
A new program being launched by the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops in December provides the unique opportunity of working with a mentor to expand your photographic knowledge and skills and to refine your photographic personality. Internet technologies now make it possible to engage in this mentorship program long-distance, from the comfort of your home. Twelve-month, six-month, and single-session mentorships will be available with Sam Abell, George DeWolfe, Patrick Donehue, Bobbi Lane, Arthur Meyerson, David Middleton, Elizabeth Opalenik, Eddie Soloway, Mary Virginia Swanson, Alan Thornton, John Weiss, and Nevada Wier. Stay tuned for the December e-newsletter for complete details.

» Staff Changes
Digital lab assistant and instructor Susan Hayre Thelwell recently moved on to pursue her personal photographic career. The Workshops will miss Susan dearly but know that she will make a great addition to the Santa Fe photo community. We are pleased to welcome Cotton Miller as her replacement. Cotton was a part of the seasonal staff this past summer as Digital Tech and we are excited to have his knowledge and energy back.

20th Anniversary Calendar Available in December
© Page Bertelsen
Calendar image made near San Miguel de Allende © Page Bertelsen
In 2009 the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops is celebrating 20 years in business and to honor this milestone is producing a calendar of images made by workshop participants and staff in Santa Fe and San Miguel de Allende. This unique calendar will span 20 months, from January 2009 through August 2010. 

The final selection of images was made by Workshops Director Reid Callanan and Deb Mindel, Workshops Director of Marketing.  The calendar will be printed the end of November and be available for purchase in December.  Calendars are $20, with $5 allocated for The Workshops Scholarship Fund. 

Complete details and a selection of calendar images will be available in the December e-newsletter and on The Workshops Web site.

Featured Digital Lab Workshop

© George DeWolfe
The 2008 digital lab schedule is winding down, but here is one final opportunity to take a workshop this year. And what a great one it is!

The Black-and-White Master Print
with George DeWolfe
December 1-5

This workshop combines advanced perceptual practice with simple tools. As artists and photographers, our perceptual abilities must be honed to a fine degree; our tools should be simple, elegant, and few, and yet complete enough to create any effect of light and form we need to produce presence. We begin with a detailed study of presence in Old Master paintings and photographs. The next three days are devoted to learning and applying the perceptual and photographic skills necessary to achieve presence. The last two days are spent on printing inkjet photographs for presence achieved in the images. A working knowledge of Lightroom and Photoshop is essential.

George DeWolfe, a photographer for more than 40 years, was a student of Ansel Adams and Minor White. George leads workshops and seminars nationwide on such topics as large format, quad-tone, digital fine printing, the master print, advanced Photoshop, contemplative photography, and the contemplative landscape. He has published three books, most notably At Home in the Wild, and contributed to dozens of others, including The New Zone System Manual, Zone Systemizer, Perception and Photography, Visual Concepts for Photographers, The Dictionary of Photography, and Creative Digital Printmaking. His Web site address is

To register for this workshop, please call The Workshops at (505) 983-1400, ext. 11.

Workshop Update from San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
© Renie Haiduk
© Renie Haiduk, Director of Operations
As we begin our final week of workshops in San Miguel, the staff would like to thank all who have attended as participants and instructors for making everything so memorable and enriching. It has been an incredible season of imagemaking, networking, and fiestas. Click HERE to view a short QuickTime movie of images made by staff in San Miguel.

The Workshops would also like to acknowledge a number of individuals from the San Miguel and Mexican communities for their support and continued friendship:

• Vidal Berrones -- from the Cultural Affairs office of the state of Guanajuato
• The staff of Posada de la Aldea -- our workshop home for the eighth straight year
Antigua Villa Santa Monica -- Friday venue for dinner and participant image presentation
• Gabriela Green -- part of the Operations team and "super chef"
• Viajes San Miguel -- transportation company for airport shuttles and location transportation
• Locations -- Hacienda La Barranca, Hacienda Las Trancas, Rancho de la Capilla, Hyder House, Casa Liza, Plaza del Toros de San Miguel, Casa Cordelli, and the San Francisco Church.

The photographic community of San Miguel has come out in great numbers to enjoy the Monday evening presentations by the instructors at the historic Teatro Ángela Peralta. Thank you to Veronica Agundis and her staff at the Teatro for the use of this wonderful venue.

Rich in culture, heritage, holidays, and fiestas, San Miguel is a National Historic Landmark and was recently named to the UNESCO World Heritage List. We look forward to our return in the fall of 2009. The schedule of workshops being offered next year in San Miguel will be posted on the Web site very soon.

Reza and Sebastian Junger to Lecture in Santa Fe
© Reza
Reza and Rachel Deghati, France, 2008
An Evening with Noted Photographer Reza and Bestselling Author Sebastian Junger
Thursday, December 4 at 7 p.m.
The Lensic, Santa Fe’s Performing Arts Center

The Santa Fe Photographic Workshops and National Geographic bring together award-winning photojournalist and humanitarian Reza and writer Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm and Fire, for an evening of spectacular images and compelling conversation.

Reza has devoted his life to bearing witness through his camera to the struggles and hopes of oppressed people around the world. Culled from a 30-year chronicle of his travels to places of conflict, this remarkable photographer will share with the Santa Fe community a selection of exquisite images that pair turmoil with hope, joy with despair.

Joining Reza is Sebastian Junger who has traveled the world in his pursuit of covering life on the edge as a photojournalist for such publications as National Geographic, Newsweek, Outside, and Time. Following an unforgettable journey through war-torn Afghanistan with Reza in the fall of 2000, he has written the introduction to the recently published book, REZA WAR+PEACE, (National Geographic Focal Point) that follows Reza’s courageous career to the frontlines of war and areas of unrest.

The evening’s proceeds will benefit PHOTO TEENS—a fully-funded program that brings photography to Santa Fe high school students at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.

Tickets $20/ $10/ $5 (students with ID)
Call The Lensic: 505-988-1234

Center News

© Dorthe Alstrup, 2008 1st place Color Singular Image
Center announces a new approach to the Singular Image awards. The Singular Image awards have expanded to include three categories, additional prizes and most importantly, more options to get your work seen.

The entry deadline for our photographic trinity is January 23, 2009.

Singular Image (1st, 2nd and 3rd Place winning images will be exhibited at the Photographic Center Northwest in 2009.)
The Singular Image recognizes outstanding individual photographs.
The Curator’s Choice judged by Corey Keller, Assoc. Curator of Photography, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
The Editor’s Choice judged by Simon Barnett, Director of Photography, Newsweek magazine
The Publisher’s Choice judged by Michael Mack, Publisher, SteidlMack

Project Competition
The Project Competition honors documentary projects and fine-art series.
Alice Gabriner, Chief Picture Editor, Time Magazine
Karen Irvine, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Photography
Maarten Schilt, Publisher, Mets & Schilt publishers

Review Santa Fe
Review Santa Fe is a juried portfolio review event for photographers who have created a significant project or series and are seeking wider recognition.
Event:  June 4-6, 2009

For information about prizes and submission guidelines go to:

Learn About Travel Photography from National Geographic Pros
© Jim Richardson
© Jim Richardson
Join National Geographic Traveler photographers Jim Richardson and Catherine Karnow for an in-depth session on how they make the winning travel images that fill the pages of NG Traveler magazine. Using examples of their best photos and stories about their assignments these two pros will teach you how to improve your travel photos by training your eye to look for images that reveal the culture of a place.

This one-day seminar will be offered in Boston on Sunday, December 7, 2008.

For more information and to register, go to

To view a video clip from the seminar, click on the link below:

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