Collector's Adventure: Santa Fe, New Mexico

Grilled Artichokes

6 artichokes
6 garlic cloves
½ cup lemon juice

1 cup olive oil
6 cloves of minced garlic
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
2 tbsp lemon juice

6 oz goat cheese
Chopped mint
Orange zest
¼ cup olive oil

Remove outer layer of artichoke leaves and peel the stem. Cut the artichokes in half. Boil them in water with the garlic and lemon juice for 20 minutes. Remove from the water and transfer to the bowl. Mix the marinade and pour over the warm artichokes. Marinate at room temperature for 4 hours. Heat grill to medium high heat. Grill the artichokes for 3 minutes per side. Plate the artichokes with the goat cheese and sprinkle each plate with mint, orange zest, and olive oil.

The recipe above was for one of the eight courses our group savored during our last dinner in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Though our Director could argue that those artichokes were the highlight of our feast, I think we could both agree that the company and conversation made the evening truly memorable. Earlier this month, members of the Collectors’ Salon and Photo Forum took the Southwest’s cultural hub by storm and experienced the best photography, hospitality, fare, and weather the city had to offer.

So as we passed around what seemed like endless plates of tapas, we also passed around our cameras and phones, sharing with each other our favorite moments from the weekend. For some, it was hearing Jonathan Blaustein talk about his thought process behind his The Value of a Dollar series. For others, it was to seeing how he was able to simply, yet elegantly, capture powerful messages of economy in these beautifully minimal photographs. For me, it was the delicious BBQ that was served up at the home of photographers, Jo Whaley and Greg Mac Gregor. (As you can probably tell, I think some of the best memories are created around food. And that I really like to eat.) Jo and Greg threw a party for us and invited many people from the vibrant Santa Fe arts community. It was like the Southwest version of a French salon – spending the night engaging in conversations with photographers, educators, curators, and the like.  

It was a whirlwind weekend and after meeting with 8 photographers, visiting 2 museums, and 3 galleries it still feels like we only scratched the surface. Though we could have easily filled another week with studio visits, what we did experience left us inspired and excited by what’s in store for the medium of photography.

Lunch at Harry's Roadhouse







Lunch at Harry's Roadhouse

Visiting Nic Nicosia

Visiting Nic Nicosia 

Visiting Jo Whaley

Studio Visit with Jo Whaley