Jay Dusard, of Douglas, Arizona has photographed the quiet, subtle aspects of the landscape for thirty years, yet he is most well known for his portraits of cowboys. This is a direct result of his first book, The North American Cowboy: A Portrait, the product of a 1981 Guggenheim Fellowship. Following the publication of that classic book, Jay published La Frontera, a collaboration with writer Alan Weisman about the U.S./Mexico border from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific. Following that, he published Beyond the Rangeland Conflict: Toward a West that Works, a collaboration with writer Dan Daggett, is proving to be a pivotal book in the history of land stewardship in the West, detailing examples of outstanding ranching practices designed to improve the land, the livestock and the wildlife. The book was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Open Country, published in 1994, features additional landscape studies. His latest book, Horses, is a small-format book praising those wonderful creatures that have been such an integral part of the West for centuries. He pursues photography—mostly ranching and cowboy themes again—when not busy doing ranching work or playing his cornet in jazz groups
Dusard's love of the land—particularly the sculpted landscape of the West—his love of people, and his outrageous, contagious sense of humor make him one of the finest photography instructors in the U.S.A. He'll make your workshop very enjoyable
Bill Ellzey, of Crestone, Colorado, (where he lives in a self-built strawbale home) picked up a camera in 1965 while in the Air Force. He started primarily as a cowboy photographer, and still photographs cowboys occasionally, just to keep his hand at it, on the family ranch in the Texas panhandle. But his photographic interests expanded, and have taken him around the world: from Australia to Egypt, from the Rockies in mid-winter to jungles of Central America in mid-summer, and the wilds of Patagonia any time he can get there. Along the way, Bill’s commitment to photography as a full time working pro has led him to explore widely diverse worlds of photography — fine art black and white, portraiture (classic indoor and outdoor locations), sports actions (from rodeo to skiing), commercial, industrial, advertising, aerial photography, editorial assignment and stock. While still doing black and white, Bill concentrates on color photography today.
A self-taught photographer, Ellzey started teaching others years ago. He founded Western Photo Workshops in Telluride, Colorado and was its director for eleven years, and continues to teach privately and for organizations in the US and abroad. Sought for his extremely varied experience and easy-going teaching style, he has taught for schools such as Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, and Winona International School of Professional Photography.
His work from India, Australia, Japan, Mexico, Alaska, Egypt, Ireland, Bhutan, Zambia, Chilean Patagonia and the American West has been published in the US and abroad. His images have been featured in magazines, books, calendars, newspapers, catalogs, annual reports, galleries and private collections. His stock photography is represented by National Geographic Creative. Read more at www.billellzey.com.
Don Rommes, of Nipomo, California, a neonatologist by profession, has embraced photography as an outlet for creative self-expression. His initial explorations of the remote canyons of southern Utah was with a large format camera using b&w film, the perfect counterbalance to the stressful environment of an intensive care nursery. Recently, digital photography and post-processing have fully replaced film and darkroom, and single fine art prints are giving way to books and multimedia PDFs with the intent of telling a story. He has struck the perfect balance between vocation and avocation.
Don is an authority on photographing the Escalante canyons and is thoroughly comfortable in its remote backcountry. His photographs have been displayed in the Smithsonian and in BLM visitor centers in the Southwest. His self-published book, Canyon Reflections, ( http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/1156322) is a collection of photographs and personal anecdotes from his 20-year study of the Escalante Canyons. A multi-media PDF of the same title was recently published by LensWork Extended magazine #86 ( http://www.lenswork.com/lwcollection.htm). Don is currently working on a second book/multimedia project in the culturally and environmentally sensitive areas of southern Utah.
He has considerable knowledge of the art and technique of photography (both traditional and digital), is successfully exploring ways to create and distribute photographic projects in the electronic age, and shares his insights and experiences freely. Of greatest importance to you, he’ll get you into the Escalante wilderness and back, safely.