Instructors

  • Jay Dickman

    Jay Dickman

    Pulitzer-Prize winner, Jay Dickman's career has spanned a multitude of experiences, including three months living in a stone-age village in Papua New Guinea, a week under the Arctic ice in a nuclear attack sub (both these for National Geographic), and aboard a sinking boat on the Amazon. With more than twenty-five assignments for the National Geographic Society, Jay has taught workshops for Santa Fe Workshops, the Maine Media Workshops, Photography at the Summit and American Photo Mentor Series. Jay and his wife, Becky, are founders of the First Light Workshop series, having hosted workshops in Spain, Scotland, France, Italy, the Chesapeake, and Wyoming.

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  • Melissa Farlow

    Melissa Farlow

    As a freelance photographer, Melissa Farlow has photographed 20 projects for the National Geographic Society including stories on Kentucky thoroughbred horses, America's National Parks, the Alps, and the Okefenokee Swamp. For Traveler magazine she published stories on Quebec and on American cities—Chicago, Miami, and Detroit. She has worked extensively in the American West for National Geographic—driving 20,000 miles for stories on public lands and wild horses.

    Farlow's books, Wild Lands of the West, which centered on the Bureau of Land Management, and The Long Road South chronicled the Pan American highway in South America. Her images have been included in The Photographs, Best 100 Wildlife Photographs selected by National Geographic magazine and in Women Photographers at National Geographic.

    Farlow began her career at newspapers sharing a Pulitzer Prize while in Louisville where she won a National Headliner Award and other honors. Recently honored with a Distinguished Alumni Award by the IU School of Journalism, she was inducted in the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame in 2013.

    Farlow received B.A. in Journalism from Indiana University and a Masters in Journalism from the University of Missouri where she taught photojournalism. She has served on the faculty of the Missouri Photo Workshop more than 25 times. She has taught at the Eddie Adams Workshop, the Anderson Ranch for Fine Arts, Maine Photo Workshop in Cuba, Somosfoto in Dominican Republic, Cruise Photo Workshop in Italy and a National Geographic photocamp in Olympic National Park.

    Farlow is part of thephotosociety.org, an online group of National Geographic photographers. Her work has been exhibited throughout the US, and she is a frequent lecturer.

    She and Randy Olson, also a longtime National Geographic contributing photographer, live in Pennsylvania and Oregon.

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  • Todd Gipstein

    Todd Gipstein

    Todd Gipstein has been photographing life for almost 50 years. Specializing in creating documentary media, he has traveled the world photographing for many diverse clients for a wide range of projects. He has been associated with National Geographic for more than 25 years, 14 of them as a full-time Director of Multi-Image / Executive Producer. His work for the Geographic extended his worldwide travels, which include North America, South America, the South Pacific, Caribbean, Europe and Antarctica. Todd's media presentations have won dozens of gold awards and grand prizes, and he has received numerous lifetime achievement awards. His photography has appeared in countless magazines and films, and he has had exhibits in the U.S., the Caribbean and Europe. Todd's photographic agents include Getty, National Geographic and Corbis. More than ever, Todd loves to roam the world in search of compelling, evocative photographs to share through exhibits and multi-media presentations. He is committed to creating media with a message, and regularly participates in European media festivals. Todd frequently lectures on photography, history and culture. Some of his photographs and work for National Geographic and other clients can be found on his website.

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  • Annie Griffiths

    Annie Griffiths

    One of the first women photographers to work for National Geographic, Griffiths has photographed in more than a hundred countries. She worked on dozens of magazine and book projects for the National Geographic Society, including stories on Lawrence of Arabia, Baja California, New Zealand, and Jerusalem. She has won numerous awards and has authored a number of books including the National Geographic book, Simply Beautiful Photographs. In addition, Annie is deeply committed to photographing for aid organizations around the world. She is the Executive Director of Ripple Effect Images, a collective of photographers who document the programs that are empowering women and girls in the developing world, especially as they deal with the devastating effects of climate change.

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  • Ralph Lee Hopkins

    Ralph Lee Hopkins

    Santa Fe-based photographer Ralph Lee Hopkins is the founder and director of the Expedition Photography program for the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic alliance. For more than 20 years he has traveled the world leading expeditions from the Arctic to Antarctica and points in between. Back on land, he is a lecturer with the National Geographic Traveler digital seminar series and teaches workshops for National Geographic Expeditions, Arizona Highways, and Santa Fe Workshops. An inspiring teacher, Ralph's enthusiasm for the creative aspects of photography is contagious and is chronicled in his most recent book, Nature Photography: Documenting the Wild World.

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  • Catherine Karnow

    Catherine Karnow

    Born and raised in Hong Kong, the daughter of an American journalist, San Francisco-based photographer Catherine Karnow seems destined to have travel and photo-journalism at the center of her life. She studied photography in high school, and graduated Brown University with honors degrees in Comparative Literature and Semiotics. Karnow has covered Australian Aborigines; Bombay film stars; victims of Agent Orange in Vietnam; Russian "Old Believers" in Alaska; Greenwich, Connecticut high society; and an Albanian farm family. In 1994, she was the only non-Vietnamese photo-journalist to accompany General Giap on his historic first return to the forest encampment in the northern Vietnam highlands from which he plotted the battle of Dien Bien Phu.

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  • Bob Krist

    Bob Krist

    Bob Krist works regularly on assignment for magazines such as National Geographic Traveler, Smithsonian, and Islands. These assignments have taken him to all seven continents and have won awards in the Pictures of the Year, Communication Arts, and World Press Photo competitions. During his work, he has been stranded on a glacier in Iceland, nearly run down by charging bulls in southern India, and knighted with a cutlass during a Trinidad voodoo ceremony. He won the title of "Travel Photographer of the Year" from the Society of American Travel Writers in 1994, 2007, and 2008. Bob's books include In Tuscany (Broadway Books, NY), which features 270 pages of his photographs of the region and is collaboration with author Frances Mayes. It spent a month on the New York Times bestseller list. He teaches photo workshops for the Maine and Santa Fe Photo Workshops, National Geographic Expeditions, and Linblad Expeditions.

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  • Peter McBride

    Peter McBride

    Proof that passion, hard work, and guts matter more than the cost of your gear or where you went to school, Peter McBride has taken pictures from the cockpit of a WWI-vintage biplane and the underside of an iceberg. Named a "freshwater hero" by National Geographic for his work photographing and filming great rivers, he'll offer unforgettable journeys down two of them. The Colorado, featured in his award-winning film Chasing Water, flows through majestic landscapes but no longer reaches the sea. And the Ganges, India's sacred waterway, revered as a god, but polluted by the people who worship it.

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  • Michael Melford

    Michael Melford

    Award-winning photographer specializing in nature, Melford captures the incredible landscapes and vistas of the world. His mission is to share the natural wonders of the world with others in the hopes we might preserve it for future generations. Although his assignments for National Geographic have taken him to almost every continent—his favorites have been photographing in the U.S. where he covered 14 National Parks for a major feature story, Places We Must Save. He has won numerous awards for photography including the prestigious Lowell Thomas Award for Travel Photography. He also teaches a number of photo workshops including National Geographic Traveler's Photography Seminars throughout the U.S.

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  • Jim Richardson

    Jim Richardson

    Jim Richardson has spent the last 25 years traveling the world for the National Geographic Society. Since his first story appeared National Geographic Magazine in 1984 he has also been named a contributing editor for National Geographic Traveler and become one of the most productive contemporary photographers with more than 40 stories published. Besides traveling around the world five times and photographing the Arctic and Antarctic (this year alone), he is also known for his documentary photography of small-town life, looking for the memorable and precious wherever he goes. CBS Sunday Morning has profiled his work twice, as did ABC's Nightline. And he is widely known as a speaker and workshop teacher.

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  • Susan Seubert

    Susan Seubert

    Award-winning travel and editorial photographer Susan Seubert has photographed more than 20 feature stories for National Geographic Traveler since joining the magazine as a contributor in 2004. Her subjects range from Canada to the Caribbean and Texas to Thailand. Her work has been recognized by the department of journalism at Columbia University with an Alfred Eisenstadt Award and most recently by the North American Travel Journalists Association for excellence in photography. In addition to being widely published and exhibited, she also lectures regularly about her work at such institutions as Harvard University and the Portland Art Museum. Based in Portland, Oregon and Maui, Hawaii, Susan travels throughout the world shooting a variety of subjects and specializes in capturing a sense of place through her wide ranging imagery. Susan's in-depth knowledge of digital technologies and her multimedia skills keep her at the cutting edge of visual storytelling. Born and raised in Indiana, she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from the Pacific Northwest College of Art and hasn't set down her camera since.

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  • Eddie Soloway

    Eddie Soloway

    Award-winning nature photographer, Soloway's photographs are an expression of his passion and commitment to the natural world. His eye has developed during a lifetime of exploring the earth's wild places. Former positions in educational workshop design, wilderness program development, and custom fine photographic printing have further honed his expertise. In 1998, Eddie was the first recipient of the Excellence in Photographic Teaching Award presented by the Santa Fe Center for Photography. Today he divides his time between making fine-art prints, teaching, speaking on creativity and the photographic life, and furthering photographic publishing projects. He is the author of the book, One Thousand Moons, and the instructional DVD, A Natural Eye Workshop.

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  • Amy Toensing

    Amy Toensing

    Amy Toensing, an American photojournalist committed to telling stories with sensitivity and depth, is known for her intimate essays about the lives of ordinary people.

    Toensing has been a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine for over a decade and recently completed her fourteenth feature story for them. She has covered cultures around the world including the last the cave-dwelling tribe of Papua New Guinea, the Maori of New Zealand and the Kingdom of Tonga. She has also covered issues such as the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina and Muslim women living in Western culture. For the last 3 years she has been documenting Aboriginal Australia which was published in the June, 2013 issue of National Geographic magazine.

    Toensing's work has been exhibited throughout the world, including an exhibit at the 2012 Visa Pour L'image, Festival of the Photograph in Perpignan France, and she has been recognized with numerous awards. Her work has also appeared in Smithsonian, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Time Magazine, and National Geographic Traveler. A photograph she took in the Australian outback was chosen as one of National Geographic magazine's all time 50 Best Photos.

    Toensing began her professional career in 1994 as a staff photographer at her hometown paper, The Valley News, in New Hampshire. She then worked for The New York Times, Washington D.C. bureau covering the White House and Capitol Hill during the Clinton administration. In 1998, Toensing left D.C. to receive her Master's Degree from the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University.

    In addition to her photojournalism work, Toensing is committed to teaching photography to kids and young adults in underserved communities. This includes working with the non-profit organization VisionWorkshops on numerous projects including teaching Somali and Sudanese refugees in Maine and Burmese refugees in Baltimore photography. Last year she traveled to Islamabad to teach young Pakistanis photojournalism and cover their own communities.

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  • Dan Westergren

    Dan Westergren

    As Director of Photography for National Geographic Traveler magazine, Dan Westergren is responsible for the magazine's photographic vision. While under his watchful eye, National Geographic Traveler has won numerous awards for photography. Besides photo editing, Dan is an accomplished photographer who has photographed a variety of articles for Traveler magazine. He particularly enjoys cold, high places, having photographed the summits of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Blanc, and the Matterhorn for the pages of Traveler. He is also an experienced teacher, having led workshops for National Geographic Expeditions in places such as Santa Fe, New Mexico, Tuscany, Italy, Baja, Mexico, Antarctica and the Arctic.

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  • Nevada Wier

    Nevada Wier

    Award-winning photographer specializing in the remote corners of the globe and the cultures that inhabit them, Nevada's journeys have taken her throughout Southeast Asia, India, China, Nepal, Africa, New Zealand, Central Asia, Mongolia, South America and other obscure regions of the world. Her work is represented for licensing by Getty and Corbis. Nevada has been published in numerous national and international publications, including: NG Adventure, Geo, Islands, National Geographic, Outdoor Photographer, Outside, and Smithsonian. She is a Fellow of The Explorer's Club, a member of the Society of Woman Geographers and was featured in a Northwest Airlines international television and print ad campaign.

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  • Ami Vitale

    Ami Vitale

    Ami Vitale's journey as a photojournalist has taken her to more than 80 countries. She has witnessed civil unrest, poverty, destruction of life, and unspeakable violence. But she has also experienced surreal beauty and the enduring power of the human spirit, and she is committed to highlighting the surprising and subtle similarities between cultures. Her photographs have been exhibited around the world in museums and galleries and published in international magazines including National Geographic, Adventure, Geo, Newsweek, Time, Smithsonian. Her work has garnered multiple awards from prestigious organizations including World Press Photos, the Lowell Thomas Award for Travel Journalism, Lucie awards, the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding Reporting, and the Magazine Photographer of the Year award, among many others.

    She has been working most recently with Ripple Effect Images, an organization of well-known scientists, writers, photographers and filmmakers with a mission of creating powerful and persuasive films and stories illustrating the very specific problems women in developing countries face and the programs that can help them. In 2010, Ami was a Senior Producer for Multimedia, at the Knight Center for International Media at the University of Miami School of Communication where she got her Masters and worked on a project on women's pregnancy and infant mortality in Sierra Leone and a feature film about migration and climate change in Bangladesh. She has been the subject of the five-part documentary series "Over the Islands of Africa" and a featured speaker and judge in more than 20 countries from China to Chile. She is on the board of the Alexia Foundation and frequently gives workshops throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. Now based in Montana, she can be reached at ami@amivitale.com or through Panos Pictures.

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  • Alison Wright

    Alison Wright

    Award-winning documentary photographer Alison Wright has spent a career capturing the universal human spirit through her photographs and writing; documenting endangered cultures in the world's most remote regions.

    Wright has photographed/authored nine books including Face to Face: Portraits of the Human Spirit, The Dalai Lama: A Simple Monk, The Spirit of Tibet: Portrait of a Culture in Exile, Faces of Hope: Children of a Changing World, and three National Geographic books on London, Great Britain, and China. Her memoir, Learning to Breathe: One Woman's Journey of Spirit and Survival, chronicles her personal story of survival and rehabilitation following a horrific bus accident in Laos.

    She was named a 2013 National Geographic Traveler of the year, honoring those who travel with a sense of passion and purpose. Her work has been exhibited worldwide and widely published in National Geographic travel books and magazines, as well as in numerous other publications. She has also photographed for a multitude of global humanitarian aid organizations, and created her own foundation to help support children in crisis around the world.

    A two-time recipient of the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism award, she also received the prestigious Dorothea Lange Award for work on child labor in Asia. Wright has photographed/authored nine books including her memoir, Learning to Breathe: One Woman's Journey of Spirit and Survival, chronicling her personal story of survival and rehabilitation following a horrific bus accident in Laos.

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Fall Schedules 2014

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