The Art of Photography as Art

PhotoNexus 2019

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

Friday, July 26 & Saturday, July 27
In the Magical and Artistic Santa Fe, New Mexico

The Art of Photography as Art

PhotoNexus 2019

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

Friday, July 26 & Saturday, July 27
In the Magical and Artistic Santa Fe, New Mexico

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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 $490

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

Register Now for $490

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. Make your reservation at the special PhotoNexus rate.

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 28. 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.

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 28. 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.

The Art of Photography. Photography as Art.

PhotoNexus 2019 Program

The Art of Photography. Photography as Art.

PhotoNexus 2019 Program

Thursday, July 25th

Arrive Santa Fe, check in at the Hilton

8:00–10:00 pm

Informal “Meet and Greet” for Participants. Cash bar at the Hilton

Friday, July 26th

8:00 am

Cowboy Breakfast Buffett

9:00 am

Welcome/Introductions

9:15–10:45 am

Discussion: Living with Photography. Nathan Benn, collector, photographer, former manager of Magnum photos shares his collection and how he thinks about living with photography at home. He will also share insights about his books and a collection he has put together.

11:00 am–12:30 pm

Discussion: History of Photography and Understanding Fine Art Prints with the Focus on Building Collections with the team at Scheinbaum & Russek

12:45–2:15 pm

Lunch: The Historical Development of Photography as an Artistic Medium. Contemporary Considerations with Jennifer Schlesinger, Pilar Law who are curators, gallerists and photographers

2:30–3:30 pm

Behind-the-Scenes: An Art Dealer and Gallerist Perspective including a discussion about how the history of photography influences contemporary work and processes with Jennifer Schlesinger at Obscura Gallery

3:45–4:45 pm

Perspectives on Photo Books, Galleries and Online Galleries with Photo-Eye Gallery director Anne Kelly

5:30–7:00 pm 

Behind-the-Lens: Small Group Photo Walk with Santa Fe Photographers.  Participants join some of Santa Fe’s finest photographers to gain a first-hand understanding of what they are shooting, why and how.  Bring your camera.

  1. Natalie Christensen
  2. Mark Berndt

7:30 pm

Dinner at a Santa Fe Restaurant or Explore Santa Fe on your own

Saturday, July 27th

8:00 am

Cowboy Breakfast Buffet

9:00–10:30 am

Discussion: Trends in Photography and the Art of Photography in a Visually Saturated World with Reid Callanan, Founder and Director of the Santa Fe Photography Workshops

10:45 am–12:15 pm

Behind-the-Scenes: Thoughts about Photojournalism and Perspectives for Collectors with Sid and Michel Monroe, Monroe Gallery

12:30–2:00 pm

Lunch Behind-the-Lens: Photographers Panel Discussion.Why They Shoot What They Shoot, Photography Today

  1. Jennifer Schlesinger
  2. Natalie Christensen
  3. David Michael Kennedy
  4. Mark Berndt
  5. Alan Ross

2:00–3:00 pm

Travel to El Rito, north of Santa Fe

3:00–4:45 pm

Behind the Photographic Print: Studio Visit to one of the world’s leading platinum/palladium printers.  Visit traditional and digital darkrooms. Learn about printing and the platinum/palladium process with David Michael Kennedy.

4:45 pm

Group Decision: Explore the town of El Rito with dinner at great local restaurant or back to Santa Fe

Sunday, July 28th

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.

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.

Natalie Christensen

Natalie Christensen is a photographer and has shown work in the U.S. and internationally including London, Dusseldorf, New York and Los Angeles. Her photographs are in the permanent collections of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art and the University of Texas at Tyler.  In addition to pursuing her interests in art and design, Natalie also worked as a psychotherapist for over 25 years.

Anne Kelly

Anne Kelly is the director of the Photo-Eye gallery.  Photo-Eye was founded in 1979 as a mail order photography book source. It is the world’s foremost online photography bookstore featuring more than 30,000 fine-art photography books.  It has grown to include one of the world’s foremost websites devoted to contemporary photography. The Photo-eye gallery was established in Santa Fe in 1991 and has been selling prints online since 1996.

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.

Pilar Law

Pilar Law has been in the business of photography and a photographer’s advocate for 14 years. She’s worked with photo stock agencies, technology companies and photo labs to bring them online and to develop new approaches to fine art printing, book making and exhibiting, social media marketing and sales.  She is also a curator, gallerist and photographer.  Her Edition One Gallery is a unique contemporary photography gallery specializing in editions of one both from emerging and established photographers.

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.

Scheinbaum & Russek

Scheinbaum & Russek are celebrating 38 years in business and they specialize in 20th century vintage and contemporary photography as well as representing the Estates of Beaumont and Nancy Newhall and Eliot Porter. Scheinbaum & Russek have approached the gallery world through their roles as educators, artists, and collectors and bring to their gallery an appreciation of photographers, the fine print and the history of photography.

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.

Nathan Benn

Over the past fifty years, Nathan Benn has worn many professional hats related to photographic arts, including National Geographic Magazine photographer, Director of Magnum Photos, curator, Internet entrepreneur, and museum Trustee. He is currently vice-president of CENTER for Photography in Santa Fe and is working on a sixth solo museum exhibition of his photographs. Nathan’s photographs can be found in the permanent collections of the National Portrait Gallery, the Rijksmuseum, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Harvard Art Museums, and George Eastman Museum.

In parallel to his career of making and managing photographs, Nathan has been a serious collector of photography and Early American decorative arts. He will talk about the homes and collections in New York and Santa Fe that he shares with his wife, Rebecca Abrams, a fine arts photographer. His presentation will be about their evolution as collectors, what inspires them to want to live with photographs, and personal concerns and strategies regarding photography collecting and preserving one’s photographic legacy.

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.

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.

Natalie Christensen

Natalie Christensen is a photographer and has shown work in the U.S. and internationally including London, Dusseldorf, New York and Los Angeles. Her photographs are in the permanent collections of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art and the University of Texas at Tyler.  In addition to pursuing her interests in art and design, Natalie also worked as a psychotherapist for over 25 years.

Anne Kelly

Anne Kelly is the director of the Photo-Eye gallery.  Photo-Eye was founded in 1979 as a mail order photography book source. It is the world’s foremost online photography bookstore featuring more than 30,000 fine-art photography books.  It has grown to include one of the world’s foremost websites devoted to contemporary photography. The Photo-eye gallery was established in Santa Fe in 1991 and has been selling prints online since 1996.

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.

Pilar Law

Pilar Law has been in the business of photography and a photographer’s advocate for 14 years. She’s worked with photo stock agencies, technology companies and photo labs to bring them online and to develop new approaches to fine art printing, book making and exhibiting, social media marketing and sales.  She is also a curator, gallerist and photographer.  Her Edition One Gallery is a unique contemporary photography gallery specializing in editions of one both from emerging and established photographers.

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.

Scheinbaum & Russek

Scheinbaum & Russek are celebrating 38 years in business and they specialize in 20th century vintage and contemporary photography as well as representing the Estates of Beaumont and Nancy Newhall and Eliot Porter. Scheinbaum & Russek have approached the gallery world through their roles as educators, artists, and collectors and bring to their gallery an appreciation of photographers, the fine print and the history of photography.

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.

Nathan Benn

Over the past fifty years, Nathan Benn has worn many professional hats related to photographic arts, including National Geographic Magazine photographer, Director of Magnum Photos, curator, Internet entrepreneur, and museum Trustee. He is currently vice-president of CENTER for Photography in Santa Fe and is working on a sixth solo museum exhibition of his photographs. Nathan’s photographs can be found in the permanent collections of the National Portrait Gallery, the Rijksmuseum, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Harvard Art Museums, and George Eastman Museum.

In parallel to his career of making and managing photographs, Nathan has been a serious collector of photography and Early American decorative arts. He will talk about the homes and collections in New York and Santa Fe that he shares with his wife, Rebecca Abrams, a fine arts photographer. His presentation will be about their evolution as collectors, what inspires them to want to live with photographs, and personal concerns and strategies regarding photography collecting and preserving one’s photographic legacy.

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