DCP Speaker Series: Reid Callanan

Join Reid Callanan, founder and director of Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, for an evening of conversation and images focused on the joy and wonder of living a photographic life.

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Reid Callanan: A Life of Photography and Education

Join Reid Callanan, founder and director of Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, for an evening of conversation and images focused on the joy and wonder of living a photographic life in the world of photo education. For 42 years Reid has immersed himself in creative photographic communities in Maine and New Mexico that hold high the value of craft, vision and inspiration. The power of photography coupled with the life-changing workshop environment has taken Reid on memorable journeys to San Miguel de Allende, Cuba and Japan as well as offered him fascinating experiences with many of the world’s best photographers. In his presentation he’ll share personal stories and what he has learned about the creative photographic process. It’s bound to be an enjoyable and insightful evening.


I make images to see the world more clearly and myself more deeply. I photograph to discover and to reveal. I started photographing in 1974 during a semester abroad at Richmond College in London and have been making images ever since using a variety of photographic processes including silver halide, Polaroids, and now digital capture. My photographic projects include a personal diary of images called Homescapes, Polaroid images with an SX-70 camera and Time-Zero film, black-and-white digital portraits made in Cuba and Mexico, and most recently iPhone travel images.

My entire adult life has been focused on photographic education, the past twenty-eight years as Director of Santa Fe Photographic Workshops and before that working at Maine Photographic Workshops. While my business career is nearly all consuming, I do make time to photograph every day and for my ongoing portrait projects. I strive for emotional impact with my pictures and having a visual language enriches my life. My website includes completed bodies of work and ongoing projects.


Reid Callanan is a photographic artist and founder/director of Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, currently in its twenty-eighth year offering workshops to the international imaging community. In addition to campus programs in Santa Fe and San Miguel de Allende, the Workshops offers destination programs across the United States and to Cuba and Japan. As a dedicated educator, Reid understands the power of photography, especially in today’s visually centric culture. Reid also serves on the President’s Council of the Texas Photographic Society.

​In 1994 Reid founded the non-profit Santa Fe Center for Photography, now known as CENTER, as a way to give exposure and support to photographer’s from all over the world and currently is President of its Board of Directors. CENTER’s award programs have established the careers of countless photographic artists.


Known as one of the premier photography workshop organizations in the world, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops provides a supportive community where participants are inspired to achieve their photographic goals – both personally and professionally. Their instructor roster reads as a who’s who in the world of photography, spanning specialties such as documentary to landscape to high fashion to special effect and fine art.

The Workshops has had a major effect on two generations of photographers of all levels. Their immersive environment allows participants to live and breathe their craft for up to a week at a time. DCP Director Peter Poulides has taken 2 week long workshops at Santa Fe, each of which provided a huge boost in his creativity and professionalism as a working photographer and instructor. For years DCP has been referring clients to Santa Fe for impactful, long-form workshops.

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The Texas Photographic Society is a non-profit organization that celebrates the photographic arts, inspires the creative development of its members, and provides opportunities to engage with diverse audiences.

TPS is delighted to be celebrating over thirty years of providing programs and services for photographers and their audiences across the country. While “Texas” is in the name, TPS sustains an active international membership representing ten countries and forty four states.