Discover and Explore the Art of Photography

PhotoNexus 2020

Behind the Camera. Behind the Print. Behind the Art.

Thursday, July 23Saturday, July 25
In the Magical and Artistic Santa Fe, New Mexico

Discover and Explore the Art of Photography

PhotoNexus 2020

Behind the Camera. Behind the Print. Behind the Art.

Thursday, July 23Saturday, July 25
In the Magical and Artistic Santa Fe, New Mexico

Explore the art of photography in new ways. Two days of conversations and behind-the-scenes insights from photography educators, curators, gallerists and photographers. These small group salon-like discussions and hands-on experiences will inform and inspire photography enthusiasts interested in photography as art. Whether you are considering or already collecting photographs, or you want to understand more about the art form, the PhotoNexus weekend is an experience for you.

More than the fleeting and temporary swipe, like and scroll of the social media photography streams, PhotoNexus is a chance to engage.

Discuss the creation of images, their realization in prints and the world of photographic art


Meet Santa Fe’s premier gallery owners for professional perspectives about what to look for when viewing photographs


Learn about photobooks and the evolution of online photography galleries


Understand trends impacting the art, the market and a world awash in imagery with leading photography experts and educators


Experience and explore fine art prints with a first-hand look at how they are made at one of the world’s leading platinum/palladium printers


Take a photo walk with some of Santa Fe’s finest photographers and go behind the camera to take a look at what they see and why they are shooting. Bring your camera


Engage in a dialogue with a panel of contemporary and internationally acclaimed photographers about their visions, fine art work and photography today

Explore the art of photography in new ways. Two days of conversations and behind-the-scenes insights from photography educators, curators, gallerists and photographers. These small group salon-like discussions and hands-on experiences will inform and inspire photography enthusiasts interested in photography as art. Whether you are considering or already collecting photographs, or you want to understand more about the art form, the PhotoNexus weekend is an experience for you.

More than the fleeting and temporary swipe, like and scroll of the social media photography streams, PhotoNexus is a chance to engage.

  • Discuss the creation of images, their realization in prints and the world of photographic art
  • Meet Santa Fe’s premier gallery owners for professional perspectives about what to look for when viewing photographs
  • Learn about photobooks and the evolution of online photography galleries
  • Understand trends impacting the art, the market and a world awash in imagery with leading photography experts and educators
  • Experience and explore fine art prints with a first-hand look at how they are made at one of the world’s leading platinum/palladium printers
  • Take a photo walk with some of Santa Fe’s finest photographers and go behind the camera to take a look at what they see and why they are shooting. Bring your camera
  • Engage in a dialogue with a panel of contemporary and internationally acclaimed photographers about their visions, fine art work and photography today

Register Now for $580 or $1,000 Per Couple

Be part of a small group exploring the art of photography with people behind the art.

Register Now for $580 or $1,000 Per Couple

Be part of a small group exploring the art of photography with people behind the art.

Stay With Us at the Historic Hilton

PhotoNexus’ home base is the Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza Hotel, a 300-year-old hacienda, just two blocks from the historic downtown plaza. After you register for PhotoNexus, you’ll receive a link with a special PhotoNexus discount at the Hilton. 

Come early or stay late and enjoy Santa Fe by taking advantage of the special PhotoNexus rate. Santa Fe is a colorful city, rich in history, culture and the arts. It is among the most important art markets in the country. Spend more time with the PhotoNexus discussion leaders and galleries. Visit other galleries featuring traditional to contemporary art. Take in the Last Friday ArtWalk at the hip Railyards. Explore the contemporary and traditional Spanish markets on Sunday, July 26. Check out the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum or the photography exhibit at the New Mexico Museum of Art. Whether it is fantastic dining, shopping, museums or galleries, Santa Fe will fascinate and inspire you.

Stay With Us at the Historic Hilton

PhotoNexus’ home base is the Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza Hotel, a 300-year-old hacienda, just two blocks from the historic downtown plaza. Make your reservation at the special PhotoNexus rate coming soon.

Come early or stay late and enjoy Santa Fe by taking advantage of the special PhotoNexus rate. Santa Fe is a colorful city, rich in history, culture and the arts. It is among the most important art markets in the country. Spend more time with the PhotoNexus discussion leaders and galleries. Visit other galleries featuring traditional to contemporary art. Take in the Last Friday ArtWalk at the hip Railyards. Explore the contemporary and traditional Spanish markets on Sunday, July 26. Check out the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum or the photography exhibit at the New Mexico Museum of Art. Whether it is fantastic dining, shopping, museums or galleries, Santa Fe will fascinate and inspire you.

Discover and Explore the Art of Photography

PhotoNexus 2020 Program

Discover and Explore the Art of Photography

PhotoNexus 2020 Program

Thursday, July 23rd

Arrive Santa Fe, check in at the Hilton

Evening

Presentation and Discussion: Collecting Snapshots and Other Photography:  How, Why and the Power of Images with Robert E Jackson on the creation and evolution of his photo collection and his love for the strong visual punch (and endless variety) to be found in the medium.

Friday, July 24th

8:00–10:30 am 

Lecture: Ansel Adams: Advocate for American Photography with Mary Virginia Swanson who will talk about the impact of Ansel Adams on the appreciation of fine art photography and provide an overview of the collectible print market today.

10:45–12:00 pm

Gallery Visit to Monroe Gallery: Sid and Michelle Monroe will talk with us about Photojournalism as Art

12:15 am–2:15 pm

Lunch Photographers Panel:  The Photographic Print and the Realization of Vision with Mark Berndt, David Michael Kennedy, Allan Ross, Robert Stivers

2:30–3:00 pm

Visit to Photo-Eye Books: The Photo Book: A Collectible and Its Growth in the Market with Christopher Johnson, Manager of Photo Eye Books

3:45–4:45 pm

Gallery Visit to Ernesto Mayan’s Fine Art Gallery: The Fine Art Gallery and Photography Together with Tony Bonanno and Ernesto Mayan

5:00–6:00 pm

Gallery Visit to Obscura Gallery to meet with Jennifer Schlesinger

6:00–7:30 pm

Small Group Photo Walks.  What the Photographer is Seeing and Photographing with Mark Berndt and others

Saturday, July 25th

8:30–10:0o am

Follow Up discussion and review of prints from the Photo Walk with Mark Berndt and others

10:15–11:30 am

Trends in Photography Today as seen through Santa Fe Workshops Reid Callanan

12:00 pm–2:00 pm

Photographers Panel:  Why I Shoot What I Shoot with Reid Callanan, Tony Bonanno and others to be announced.

2:00–3:00 pm

Travel to El Rito

3:00 pm–4:30 pm

Studio/Dark Room Visit/ Platinum Palladium Printing with David Michael Kennedy

5:30 pm

Arrive back in Santa Fe

Sunday, July 26th

Enjoy Santa Fe. Connect with the PhotoNexus discussion leaders or visit their galleries. Check out other galleries. Shop. Dine. Visit Museums. Departures.

The People Sharing Their Insights and Talents

Behind PhotoNexus

The People Sharing Their Insights and Talents

Behind PhotoNexus

Mark Berndt

Mark Berndt is a photographer whose work celebrates people and the circumstance of life. He brings the experience of a long and varied career in the visual arts, including more than 20 years of private teaching. His commitment to the art and business of professional photography brings considerable knowledge to the art of photographing and photography.

Tony Bonanno

Tony Bonanno is a professional photographer based in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  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” and “Camargue” series.  He was the recipient of the prestigious Leo Diehl Award in Chatham, Massachusetts and was the featured artist of the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History.  His photography has been featured in numerous galleries and exhibitions throughout the US and abroad.  He is a professional member of the American Society of Media Photographers and a member of the American Photographic Artists Association.

Reid Callanan

Reid Callanan has a deep passion for photography and has spent his entire adult life focused on it, especially as a photographic educator – the past twenty-eight years as Director of the world-renowned Santa Fe Photographic Workshops and before that working at Maine Photographic Workshops.  Well known for his workshop “Cameras Don’t Take Pictures” he also makes time to photograph every day and for his ongoing projects.

Robert E. Jackson

Robert E. Jackson has assembled one of the foremost collections of mostly U.S. based snapshots. Jackson’s practice lies somewhere between collector and curator, one that hinges on the photographs’ anonymity and on his attention to their unique formal and aesthetic qualities. Driven by a love for the range and creativity of amateur photographs, Jackson has acquired thousands of examples that are distinguished by both their breadth and quality. His collection of one-of-a-kind snapshots was the subject of a 2007 exhibit at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and a 2013 Pace/MacGill Gallery show in NYC. Publications about his collection include the National Gallery’s “The Art of the American Snapshot: 1888-1978” as well as “Pure Photography” and “The Seduction of Color”. He lives in Seattle and actively collects all kinds of found photography, including cabinet cards, arcade photographs, and photo-collages from the 1870’s through the early 21st century. Jackson holds a MA degree in art history from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a MBA from the University of Texas, Austin, where he wrote his thesis on corporate art collecting.

Christopher Johnson

Christopher Johnson manages Photo-Eye Bookstore, American’s oldest photobook store and one of the two oldest photobookstores in the world. Started by Rixon Reed in 1979, photo-eye Bookstore now serves more than 14,000 photobook fans a week through its various mailings and newsletters. They supply photobooks to the Getty, the Houston Museum of Fine arts, and Bard’s special collection libraries among many other institutions. Photo-eye books come from all over the world and they specialize in signed and one-of-a-kind art books and enjoy a world-wide reputation as trendsetters in the field of photobooks. Christopher J Johnson is manager of photo-eye books, a coauthor of Meow Wolf’s House of Eternal Return storyline, the poetry collection &luckier, part of the Mountains West Poetry Series, and various other art exhibition experiences and poetry publications. He has been a writer on the photographic arts for more than a decade. Owen Kobasz edits the blog & newsletter at photo-eye. He holds a BA in the liberal arts from St. John’s College and takes photos in his free time

David Michael Kennedy

David Michael Kennedy has a body of work spanning over 40 years which is held in both private and museum collections including The National Portrait Gallery, The Smithsonian Institution and The Harwood Museum.  His body of work includes iconic portraits of musicians, actors and artists. Leaving New York and commercial photography in 1986, David Michael Kennedy moved to New Mexico and focused on his fine art photography. His images are materialized through the traditional analogue technique of Platinum/Palladium printing, of which he is widely considered to be one of the best in the world.

Ernesto Mayans

The Ernesto Mayans Gallery celebrates its 35th Season in the historic Canyon Road art district in Santa Fe. Ernesto Mayans, an artist originally from Montevideo, Uruguay, specializes in 20th-century American and Latin American painting, photography, prints and sculpture.  Ernesto brings to our discussions a perspective about photography in the broader context of the fine art market.

Sidney and Michelle Monroe

Sidney and Michelle Monroe maintain extensive personal connections with important photographers, clients, collectors, dealers, estates, auction houses, and archives world-wide. They advise private collectors, museums and corporations with an emphasis on building significant collections with a variety of prudent focuses. Their
Monroe Gallery of Photography specializes in classic black & white photography with an emphasis on humanist and photojournalist imagery.

Jennifer Schlesinger

Jennifer Schlesinger is the owner and director of Obscura Gallery. She is also a curator, educator and artist. Jennifer has approached her fine art photography with an interest in how the historical development of photography has influenced the contemporary artistic medium. Jennifer graduated from the College of Santa Fe in 1998 with a B.A. in Photography and Journalism. Jennifer has exhibited widely.

Robert Stivers

Robert Stivers is an American photographer whose work has been collected and exhibited internationally. Best known for his captivating images and darkroom technique, The New Yorker describes his work as “Ghostly black-and-white images whose theatricality smartly complements their mystery. He has six published monographs, starting with the eponymous Robert Stivers: Photographs (1997) and continuing on with Listening to Cement (2002), Sestina (2003), Sanctum (2006) The Art of Ruin (2015) and staging pictures: early polaroids by Robert Stivers (2017/2018). His work is in major collections such as the Bibliothèque nationale (Paris, France), the Getty Museum (Los Angeles, CA), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY), Museum Ludwig (Cologne, Germany), and the Victoria and Albert Museum (London, United Kingdom). He currently lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Los Angeles, California.

Mary Virginia Swanson

Mary Virginia Swanson is an educator, author and entrepreneur in the field of photography, and a respected advisor to artists and arts organizations. Unique in the field, her broad background includes exhibiting, collecting, licensing and marketing photographs and affords her a range of perspectives on making and marketing art. Swanson co-authored with Darius Himes the acclaimed Publish Your Photography Book: Revised & Updated (2014). She was named 2015 Honored Educator by the Society for Photographic Education. After receiving her MFA in Photography (Arizona State University, 1979) Ms. Swanson directed educational programs for The Friends of Photography including the Ansel Adams Workshops, headed special projects at Magnum Photos, established a summer educational institute at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and in 1991 founded SWANSTOCK, an innovative photo agency that managed licensing rights for fine art photographers. Today, Ms. Swanson frequently lectures, teaches marketing workshops and counts among her consulting clients a range of internationally respected artists and institutions. She is based in Tucson, Arizona and is on Instagram @maryvirginiaswanson.

Alan Ross

Alan Ross is an internationally respected master photographer and educator who worked side-by-side with Ansel Adams. He was personally selected by Ansel to print his Yosemite Special Edition negatives. As an artist, Alan is known for his tonally exquisite black-and-white photographs of the American west; his photographs hang in collections and galleries around the world including Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts, The Yale Museum of Art and the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson. He teaches the art of seeing and is also a master printer.

Mark Berndt

Mark Berndt is a photographer whose work celebrates people and the circumstance of life. He brings the experience of a long and varied career in the visual arts, including more than 20 years of private teaching. His commitment to the art and business of professional photography brings considerable knowledge to the art of photographing and photography.

Tony Bonanno

Tony Bonanno is a professional photographer based in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  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” and “Camargue” series.  He was the recipient of the prestigious Leo Diehl Award in Chatham, Massachusetts and was the featured artist of the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History.  His photography has been featured in numerous galleries and exhibitions throughout the US and abroad.  He is a professional member of the American Society of Media Photographers and a member of the American Photographic Artists Association.

Reid Callanan

Reid Callanan has a deep passion for photography and has spent his entire adult life focused on it, especially as a photographic educator – the past twenty-eight years as Director of the world-renowned Santa Fe Photographic Workshops and before that working at Maine Photographic Workshops.  Well known for his workshop “Cameras Don’t Take Pictures” he also makes time to photograph every day and for his ongoing projects.

Robert E. Jackson

Robert E. Jackson has assembled one of the foremost collections of mostly U.S. based snapshots. Jackson’s practice lies somewhere between collector and curator, one that hinges on the photographs’ anonymity and on his attention to their unique formal and aesthetic qualities. Driven by a love for the range and creativity of amateur photographs, Jackson has acquired thousands of examples that are distinguished by both their breadth and quality. His collection of one-of-a-kind snapshots was the subject of a 2007 exhibit at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and a 2013 Pace/MacGill Gallery show in NYC. Publications about his collection include the National Gallery’s “The Art of the American Snapshot: 1888-1978” as well as “Pure Photography” and “The Seduction of Color”. He lives in Seattle and actively collects all kinds of found photography, including cabinet cards, arcade photographs, and photo-collages from the 1870’s through the early 21st century. Jackson holds a MA degree in art history from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a MBA from the University of Texas, Austin, where he wrote his thesis on corporate art collecting.

Christopher Johnson

Christopher Johnson manages Photo-Eye Bookstore, American’s oldest photobook store and one of the two oldest photobookstores in the world. Started by Rixon Reed in 1979, photo-eye Bookstore now serves more than 14,000 photobook fans a week through its various mailings and newsletters. They supply photobooks to the Getty, the Houston Museum of Fine arts, and Bard’s special collection libraries among many other institutions. Photo-eye books come from all over the world and they specialize in signed and one-of-a-kind art books and enjoy a world-wide reputation as trendsetters in the field of photobooks. Christopher J Johnson is manager of photo-eye books, a coauthor of Meow Wolf’s House of Eternal Return storyline, the poetry collection &luckier, part of the Mountains West Poetry Series, and various other art exhibition experiences and poetry publications. He has been a writer on the photographic arts for more than a decade. Owen Kobasz edits the blog & newsletter at photo-eye. He holds a BA in the liberal arts from St. John’s College and takes photos in his free time

David Michael Kennedy

David Michael Kennedy has a body of work spanning over 40 years which is held in both private and museum collections including The National Portrait Gallery, The Smithsonian Institution and The Harwood Museum.  His body of work includes iconic portraits of musicians, actors and artists. Leaving New York and commercial photography in 1986, David Michael Kennedy moved to New Mexico and focused on his fine art photography. His images are materialized through the traditional analogue technique of Platinum/Palladium printing, of which he is widely considered to be one of the best in the world.

Ernesto Mayans

The Ernesto Mayans Gallery celebrates its 35th Season in the historic Canyon Road art district in Santa Fe. Ernesto Mayans, an artist originally from Montevideo, Uruguay, specializes in 20th-century American and Latin American painting, photography, prints and sculpture.  Ernesto brings to our discussions a perspective about photography in the broader context of the fine art market.

Sidney and Michelle Monroe

Sidney and Michelle Monroe maintain extensive personal connections with important photographers, clients, collectors, dealers, estates, auction houses, and archives world-wide. They advise private collectors, museums and corporations with an emphasis on building significant collections with a variety of prudent focuses. Their
Monroe Gallery of Photography specializes in classic black & white photography with an emphasis on humanist and photojournalist imagery.

Jennifer Schlesinger

Jennifer Schlesinger is the owner and director of Obscura Gallery. She is also a curator, educator and artist. Jennifer has approached her fine art photography with an interest in how the historical development of photography has influenced the contemporary artistic medium. Jennifer graduated from the College of Santa Fe in 1998 with a B.A. in Photography and Journalism. Jennifer has exhibited widely.

Robert Stivers

Robert Stivers is an American photographer whose work has been collected and exhibited internationally. Best known for his captivating images and darkroom technique, The New Yorker describes his work as “Ghostly black-and-white images whose theatricality smartly complements their mystery. He has six published monographs, starting with the eponymous Robert Stivers: Photographs (1997) and continuing on with Listening to Cement (2002), Sestina (2003), Sanctum (2006) The Art of Ruin (2015) and staging pictures: early polaroids by Robert Stivers (2017/2018). His work is in major collections such as the Bibliothèque nationale (Paris, France), the Getty Museum (Los Angeles, CA), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY), Museum Ludwig (Cologne, Germany), and the Victoria and Albert Museum (London, United Kingdom). He currently lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Los Angeles, California.

Mary Virginia Swanson

Mary Virginia Swanson is an educator, author and entrepreneur in the field of photography, and a respected advisor to artists and arts organizations. Unique in the field, her broad background includes exhibiting, collecting, licensing and marketing photographs and affords her a range of perspectives on making and marketing art. Swanson co-authored with Darius Himes the acclaimed Publish Your Photography Book: Revised & Updated (2014). She was named 2015 Honored Educator by the Society for Photographic Education. After receiving her MFA in Photography (Arizona State University, 1979) Ms. Swanson directed educational programs for The Friends of Photography including the Ansel Adams Workshops, headed special projects at Magnum Photos, established a summer educational institute at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and in 1991 founded SWANSTOCK, an innovative photo agency that managed licensing rights for fine art photographers. Today, Ms. Swanson frequently lectures, teaches marketing workshops and counts among her consulting clients a range of internationally respected artists and institutions. She is based in Tucson, Arizona and is on Instagram @maryvirginiaswanson.

Alan Ross

Alan Ross is an internationally respected master photographer and educator who worked side-by-side with Ansel Adams. He was personally selected by Ansel to print his Yosemite Special Edition negatives. As an artist, Alan is known for his tonally exquisite black-and-white photographs of the American west; his photographs hang in collections and galleries around the world including Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts, The Yale Museum of Art and the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson. He teaches the art of seeing and is also a master printer.

Register Now

Be part of a small group going behind the camera, behind the print and behind the art of photography

Register Now

Be part of a small group going behind the camera, behind the print and behind the art of photography