instructor roster

© Kari Wehrs 2018

© Kari Wehrs 2018

sam abell

Sam Abell’s forty-year career has been dedicated to achieving artistic expression through documentary photography.

He has pursued his goals primarily through lengthy, in-depth assignments for National Geographic, where for thirty years he was a contract and staff photographer.  

At the same time, he has maintained a career as an artist, teacher and author. He is also a charter member of Canon's Explorers of Light program. 

A one-person exhibit and monograph of his work at mid-career titled Stay ThisMoment was organized by the International Center of Photography in New York in 1990. 

In 2002 a traveling exhibit and monograph of his work titled Sam Abell: ThePhotographic Life was organized by the University of Virginia Art Museum. 

His other book credits include Seeing Gardens (2000) and The Life of a Photograph (2008).  

In 2017 Nobechi Creative partnered with the City of Hagi to produce Mr. Abell’s retrospective exhibition Hagi: 1980. 

Mr. Abell was a founder of the Santa Fe Center of Photography and has been a member of the boards of the George Eastman House, Rochester, NY and the University of Virginia Museum of Art.

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keith carter

Keith Carter has explored time, place, and vernacular culture for close to fifty years. His haunting, enigmatic photographs have been exhibited in over one hundred solo exhibitions in thirteen countries. Thirteen monographs of his work have been published, as well as two documentary films: Keith Carter: The Artist Series, Ted Forbes and A Certain Alchemy, Anthropy Arts. In addition, He has contributed to nine other anthologies over the years. A fifty-year retrospective book was released fall of 2019 from University of Texas Press. In addition, he has been described as a "Poet of the Ordinary" by the Los Angeles Times (1994) and received the Texas Medal of Arts in 2009.

His work has been featured on the nationally televised program CBS Sunday Morning and he is the recipient of the Lange-Taylor Prize from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Mr. Carter’s work is included in numerous private and public collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Portrait Gallery, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the George Eastman House, and the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University.

He has held the Endowed Walles Chair of Art at Lamar University in Texas for twenty-five years where his awards include the University's highest teaching honors; the Regents’ Professor Award (2010) and Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Prize (1998).
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greg gorman

For over four decades, Greg Gorman has continued to master the art of photography.  From celebrity portraits and advertising campaigns to magazine layouts and fine art work, Mr. Gorman has developed and showcased a discriminating and unique style in his profession.  Mr. Gorman’s work documents that peculiar obsession of the 21st century celebrity.  His photography is timeless and not confined to has-beens, hot properties, and wannabes.  Each shot gives a picture of human nature in its infinite range.  Each picture is also a testament to the individual character. “For me a photograph is most successful when it doesn’t answer all the questions,” says Mr. Gorman, “and it leaves something to the imagination.”

In 1985, through the advice of illustrator Antonio Lopez, Mr. Gorman realized that he needed a creative outlet in addition to the commercial work that launched his career.   He then began to expand his personal work exploring the human form and became a notable photographer for not only his celebrity portraiture but also his figure studies of the male and female nude.

When not shooting famous faces, Mr. Gorman travels the world for specialized photographic projects and continues to work on compilations of his imagery. Mr. Gorman published his tenth monograph in 2016, entitled Outside the Studio, a collection of his street photography in South East Asia, published by Grafiche Damiani. A book of his photos for the award winning l.a. Eyeworks campaign, entitled Framed was released in 2012.  In the fall of 2009, Damiani Editore released In Their Youth, which incorporates forty years of unpublished work. These join Gorman’s previously published books Greg Gorman Volume I, Greg Gorman Volume II, Inside Life, Perspectives, As I See It, Just Between Us and a book of platinum prints entitled Odes to Pindar, published by The Journal of the 21st Century. Mr. Gorman just wrapped up production on his latest endeavor- Greg Gorman Private Works: 2000-2015, which features a collection of his personal work in male portraiture and the figure study(all previously unpublished work.

Greg Gorman has been recognized for his contribution to the world of photography with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Professional Photographer’s of America, the Achievement in Portraiture Award from The Lucie Foundation and the Pacific Design Center Stars of Design Award. Mr. Gorman has also been acknowledged for his charitable works for The Elton John Aids Foundation, Aids Healthcare Foundation, Focus on Aids, The Oscar De La Hoya Foundation, Vox/Out Voices of Style + Design, PETA, Angel Art, and PawsLA.

Born in 1949 in Kansas City, Missouri, Mr. Gorman attended the University of Kansas from 1967-69 with a major in photojournalism.  He completed his studies at the University of Southern California, graduating with a Master of Fine Arts degree in cinematography in 1972.  Mr. Gorman’s latest career venture has been in the world of winemaking.  In collaboration with Orin Swift Cellars, Greg began making wine under his own label, GKG Cellars, in 2006. He currently divides his time between his homes in Los Angeles and Mendocino, California. 

In April of 2018, Mr. Gorman led his first Japan photography workshop with Nobechi Creative to great acclaim. He also gave a public lecture and curated and participated in a group exhibition.

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arthur meyerson

Arthur Meyerson is recognized as one of America's finest color photographers. Since 1974, this native Texan has traveled throughout the world creating award winning advertising, corporate and editorial photographs, as well as an extensive body of fine art imagery. Adweek magazine named him Southwest Photographer of the Year on three separate occasions and American Photo Magazine selected him as one of the leading photographers in advertising. 

His awards are numerous including gold medals from the New York Art Directors Club, the Art Directors Club of Houston, the Dallas Society of Visual Communications and the prestigious Stephen Kelly Award for his work on the Nike advertising campaign. He was selected by Nikon to their illustrious Legends Behind the Lens list and was honored by the Houston Advertising Federation as the inaugural recipient of the Only In Houston award for individuals “whose creativity and passion for his art have brought recognition to the city of Houston.” In 2008, the Houston Decorative Center named him as the first recipient of photography in their annual Stars Of Design celebration. 

Besides his commercial work, Mr. Meyerson’s fascination with light, color and the moment continues and has culminated into an impressive body of personal work. His photographs are in the public collections of several major institutions and have been exhibited internationally. He and his work have been profiled in many publications including Communication Arts, Rangefinder, Camera Arts, Graphis, Digital Photo Pro, Zoom (France), Portfolio, Idea (Japan), Novum (Germany), Photo world (China), and Fotodigital (Portugal). 

In 2012 his highly acclaimed book, The Color of Light was published and followed up in 2017 by his photographic autobiography, The Journey. A photographer with a strong commitment to his profession, Mr. Meyerson teaches photography workshops and participates in speaking engagements throughout the U.S. and abroad. 

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Ibarionex perello

Ibarionex Perello is a photographer, writer and educator with over 25 years of experience in the photographic industry. For the last 13 years, he has also been the host of the top-rated podcast The Candid Frame which features conversations with the world’s best established and emerging photographers. His photographs and articles have appeared in numerous magazines including Outdoor Photographer, Digital Photo Pro, Shutterbug, Rangefinder and Popular Photography. He is the author of six books including Chasing the Light: Improving Your Photography with Available Light. His latest book is Making Photographs: Developing a Personal Visual Workflow. He lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife and their dog, Zooey. 

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© Greg Gorman 2018

© Greg Gorman 2018

george nobechi

George Nobechi is an award-winning fine art and documentary photographer based in Tokyo, Japan, and is also the founder and director of Nobechi Creative. Born in Tokyo, Japan 1980, Mr. Nobechi is bilingual and bicultural Japanese and Canadian. Mr. Nobechi graduated from the University of British Columbia with a BA(Honors) in History and International Relations. 

A fourteen-country, six-continent round-the-world solo journey in 2008 spurred his passion in photography.  In 2015 Mr. Nobechi studied under renowned National Geographic photographer and Nobechi Creative instructor Sam Abell and decided to pursue photography full-time as a career. 

His series of quiet photographs shot through windows during three years on the road, Unmoored (Here.Still.) has won him international acclaim and was awarded the best landscape series in PDN Magazine's The Curator awards, Silver Prize in the Best Fine Art Series category in 2017 PX3 Paris Photo, and a coveted Top 50 Award in Critical Mass in 2017, among other awards. 

Mr. Nobechi’s work has been exhibited in Japan, Italy, Australia and throughout the USA, and has been published by PDN Magazine, Fraction Magazine, Feature Shoot, and Instagram’s curated official blog.

In 2018 Mr. Nobechi had his first major solo exhibition of photographs at the Jackson Dinsdale Art Center at Hastings College in Nebraska and a follow-up exhibition is upcoming in November and December of this year at the Workspace Gallery in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Mr. Nobechi will be back leading photographers this Fall with Arthur Meyerson on the Color of Japan expedition and Tokyo-Kyoto expedition, in addition to leading private tours.