A National Geographic photographer will accompany each workshop departure to share photographic techniques, knowledge, and insights. Listed below are some of the photographers and the departure date(s) they will be joining.
Ira Block is a National Geographic photographer in the classic mode, a master at photographing anything, whether it be landscapes, people, artifacts, or complicated concepts. In the mid-1970s, Ira began shooting for National Geographic magazine and later worked with both National Geographic Traveler and National Geographic Adventure magazines. His assignments have taken him to locations as diverse as Africa, the Australian outback, the Gobi Desert, Siberia, the North Pole, Antarctica and Bhutan. The subject matter of Ira's photographs is as varied as the destinations stamped in his passport. Some of his assignments include "The Samurai Way" and "Race to Save Incan Mummies." From gold coins retrieved from Havana's sunken treasure ships to the largest discovered T-Rex dinosaur, to a lost Confederate submarine, Ira's lens continues to capture and document amazing stories from around the globe. Closer to home, Ira’s favorite destination is the American Southwest. He has worked with the Eight Northern Pueblos of New Mexico on a story about the Anasazi, documented the renovation of Tucson’s San Javier del Bac Cathedral, and brought to life Mesa Verde and Chaco Canyon with his expert lighting skills.
Award-winning photographer Nevada Wier specializes in the remote corners of the globe and the cultures that inhabit them. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including National Geographic magazine, Outdoor Photographer, Outside, and Smithsonian. She is a Fellow of The Explorer's Club and a member of the Women's Geographic Society. A longtime resident of Santa Fe, Nevada has captured countless images of the American Southwest.
Pulitzer Prize–winning photographer Jay Dickman has worked in photojournalism for more than 35 years, covering topics as diverse as the war in El Salvador, the Olympics, national political conventions, six Super Bowls, and the 40th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. Among his over 25 assignments for the National Geographic Society, Jay has lived for three months in a Stone Age village in Papua New Guinea and spent a week under the Arctic ice in a nuclear attack sub. A popular photo instructor and expedition leader, he has also published five books and numerous articles for National Geographic Traveler, LIFE, Condé Nast Traveler, Time, Sports Illustrated, and Forbes.
Ralph Lee Hopkins is a popular photography workshop instructor based in Santa Fe. Also a trained geologist at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, he was a photographer on a U.S. Geological Survey Colorado River expedition through the Grand Canyon matching historical photos from the 1890 Stanton Expedition. Ralph's images have appeared in National Geographic's books, magazines, and online galleries, and are represented by the National Geographic Image Collection.