Image Detail © Jeffrey Heyne

CENTER’s premier juried portfolio review event, the Review Santa Fe Photo Festival, is a weekend conference and festival for photographers who have created a project or series that are seeking audience expansion, critical discussion and community gathering in a profoundly unique sense of place. Join us in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains for several special programs including artist talks, pop-up exhibits, a print raffle, and a closing dinner celebration.

This special weekend festival has been called one of the most effective professional development programs for photographers. The reviewers and the Review Santa Fe 100 Photographers travel from around the world to take part in this prestigious juried portfolio review and are carefully chosen with their ability to offer opportunities as well as feedback. The weekend hosts over 1,000 one-on-one portfolio reviews with curators, editors, publishers and international festival directors whom each year come to Santa Fe to view the photographic vanguard.

A weekend of non-stop forward momentum. View the full schedule.

View the 2018 Program Guide!


Review Santa Fe Photo Festival offers Festival Passes for access to the lively receptions, conversations, and career advancing opportunities the conference offers. Festival pass holders can take part in à la carte portfolio reviews, receptions and artist talks to meet documentary and fine art photographers, editors, educators, publishers, collectors and other photography lovers. Read more about the festival pass here.



The Review Santa Fe Reviewers are carefully selected curators, editors, book publishers, gallery and festival directors. We invite those that take an active interest in sourcing new talent in efforts to create the most worthwhile investment for the photographers and the festival pass holders.

At Review Santa Fe we work hard to research and include reviewers that are offering more than feedback, but also opportunities for career advancement and placement of your work in a supportive and friendly environment. So far we have 14 galleries, 8 curators, 7 book publishing experts, and 13 editors from Canada, Japan, Italy and several major cities across the U.S.


5:00-6:00pm – VIP PREVIEW – Open to Reviewers, Press and Festival Pass holders
6:00-8:00pm – Portfolio Viewing is free and open to the public
Santa Fe Farmer’s Market Pavilion: 1607 Paseo De Peralta, Santa Fe, NM

Portfolio Viewing, Photo by Dottie Lopez

CENTER is pleased to provide a platform to view the 100 portfolios of the 2018 Review Santa Fe attendees with a chance to network with photographers, reviewers, and the Santa Fe art community. Portfolio Viewing hosts esteemed gallerists, curators, editors and other photography enthusiasts to view a broad range of contemporary photography encompassing social, environmental and political issues, including stellar fine art projects.

Hundreds of Photographers from around the world apply to take part in the Review Santa Fe Photo Festival with only about 20% of the total applicants chosen to participate. The photographers were carefully selected by an independent jury of esteemed professionals, read more here. This is an extraordinary opportunity to view the 100 compelling projects of the nationally and internationally recognized photographers, as well as many on the brink of wider acclaim.


Artist Talk, Photo by Sam Abel

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 12-4pm
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, 11am-5pm
The Drury Plaza Hotel, Lamy Room: 828 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, NM

CENTER’s 2018 Award & Grant winners travel to Santa Fe as part of the award package to present their work at the Review Santa Fe Photo Festival. Additionally, the projects will be in the exhibition Full Circle: 2018 CENTER Award Winners, curated by Mary Anne Redding, at the Turchin Center for the Arts, December 7, 2018 – April 27,2019.

Read more about the Award & Grant winners here.


Opening Reception: October 5, 2018, 6 – 8pm
Open Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 1 – 5pm
El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe gallery: 555 Camino de la Familia, Santa Fe, NM

Satiro, Mexico 1992 © Joel-Peter Witkin

CENTER is pleased to announce the solo exhibition Splendor and Misery: Photographs by Joel-Peter Witkin, opening October 5, 2018 at El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe Gallery.

Witkin considers morality as central to his work. Drawing from a rich body of sources – literature, myth, and Renaissance and Baroque painting – he creates elaborate tableaux that explores perverse, erotic, and religious concerns. He collaborates with people often from the more extreme margins of society as his subjects, and occasionally works with corpses and mutilated body parts, often photographing in countries where the laws are more lenient when working with human remains.

The image selection for Splendor and Misery: Photographs by Joel-Peter Witkin will include better known images as well as newer works that have rarely been shown. Up to 30 photographs and several drawings from the Joel-Peter Witkin collection will be on view from October 5 – November 4, 2018.More information here.


Portrait of Joel (Self Portrait) 1985

OCTOBER 20, 2018
Reception 7:30pm // Dinner 8:30pm // Presentation 9:30pm
The Drury Plaza Hotel: 828 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, NM

Join CENTER in honoring photographic legend Joel-Peter Witkin. Known for his controversial imagery, Joel-Peter Witkin has been an icon in the art world since the 1980’s. Witkin is first and foremost a storyteller, with each of his images evoking a narrative that calls into question the ideals of beauty, exploitation vs. empowerment, and the role of death in contemporary Western culture.

The evening includes a reception, dinner, and talk by the writer, Eugenia Parry, as well as a presentation by Joel-Peter Witkin. Enjoy an engaging evening with this esteemed artist, as well as the Review Santa Fe photographers, reviewers and the Santa Fe community. Tickets are available here.

photographing presidents, dissidents and disarmament

Espen Rasmussen for the Nobel Peace Center

CENTER is pleased to present a talk by Liv Astrid Sverdrup, Director of Exhibitions at the Nobel Peace Center on Thursday, October 18 at 3pm at the Drury Plaza Hotel in the Lamy Room. Learn more and get your tickets here.

Book Fair

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21, 10am-12pm
at the Drury Plaza Hotel, 828 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, NM

CENTER offers a new opportunity to purchase outstanding photo books at a book fair with a wide variety of photo books. Learn more here.