John Sexton Photography Workshops selected as one of the "Twelve Best Photography Workshops" by American Photo magazine.

“As John Sexton Photography Workshops celebrates a silver anniversary, its reputation as the pinnacle of black-and-white printing education only continues to grow. Sexton and his small but dedicated team have helped over 1,200 students on their quest to make better black-and-white photography,” –American Photo magazine

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Anne Larsen and John Sexton

October 14–18, 2024

By popular demand we are pleased to offer this extremely popular workshop for the 14th time! The Mono Basin and Eastern Sierra have some of the most exciting photographic opportunities imaginable. Late autumn light will add to the magic and wonder of this area. This field workshop will allow you to explore the spectacular photographic possibilities of this amazing landscape under the leadership of two skilled and talented photographers, Anne Larsen and John Sexton, and is open to dedicated photographers working with either traditional or digital tools. The most important thing is to arrive with an open mind and a desire to work hard at improving your photography.

If you are interested in attending this workshop please send your application soon. There is a strong possibility 2024 will be the last time we offer this particular workshop. It is very likely that the session will be over subscribed. Please note that this is NOT a first come, first served, workshop enrollment proess. We will be carefully considering each applicant with the goal of assembling a cohesive group of serious photographers with a variety of different photographic interests and experience levels. Over the years we have found this provides the most worthwhile experience for all involved. If you are not enrolled in the workshop, you will receive a full refund of all workshop fees paid. If you have any questions about the workshop, please feel free to contact us via email.

The group will be visiting a number of exciting locations to explore during the workshop. We will be photographing late and early light on the unique tufa formations on multiple field sessions at Mono Lake, as well as exploring nearby beautiful Sierra canyons and the spectacular Yosemite high country. Sexton and Larsen will be available to assist participants in the field and will be offering indoor instruction sessions. We will utilize a large, comfortable classroom facility in Lee Vining, just a few hundred yards from the shore of Mono Lake, and within walking distance of our motel. Along with instructor presentations and demonstrations, an important aspect of the workshop will be constructive portfolio reviews of prints that participants bring to the workshop. It will be a time of great scenery, photography, and camaraderie.

Included in the workshop fee will be two catered lunches in the field, along with a 100+ page handout booklet prepared by John. Lodging, additional meals, and transportation costs are the responsibility of each participant. This workshop is limited to nine people, and no guests are allowed. Early enrollment is advised. The workshop begins on Monday morning, and ends late Friday evening. Participation in the full workshop is required.

Fee: $1,995 (Includes all park entrance and permit fees)




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For further information, please contact:

Anne Larsen, Associate Director
John Sexton Photography Workshops
Post Office Box 2338
Carmel Valley, CA 93924

Phone: 831/659-3130

E-mail: mailto:info@johnsexton.com




October 14 - 18, 2024
Anne Larsen and John Sexton
Lee Vining, California
14th offering of this popular field workshop






NOVEMBER 10, 2023 through JANUARY 6, 2024

Anne and I are thrilled and deeply honored to announce our third two-person exhibition at The Ansel Adams Gallery in majestic Yosemite National Park. The exhibition, Sharing the Sublime, which opened on November 10, 2023, will be on display through January 6, 2024. You can view a number of the images included in the exhibition here.

Our relationship with The Ansel Adams Gallery has been a fulfilling and long-standing partnership. Anne has been represented by the gallery for over a decade. As for me, I am deeply humbled to hold the unique honor of being the gallery's longest-represented photographer, aside from Ansel Adams himself! This distinction is particularly special considering the gallery's illustrious history that spans more than 120 years. My association with the gallery, spanning a mere forty-three years, has been an important part of my artistic journey.

We are pleased to share a selection of curated prints from negatives that span the years of our artistic journey together. For both Anne and me, the magic of light as it reveals our subjects is an integral aspect of our creative photographic process. Through our work, we aspire to reveal not only the intrinsic beauty of the subjects before our lenses but also to convey the exhilaration and inspiration that we experienced when making each image. While we both employ similar photographic tools, our individual approaches yield distinct palettes in our respective prints. As is the case with all our prints, the prints in this exhibition are handcrafted black and white silver gelatin prints, made in our traditional wet darkroom—which is a place where magic happens for us both.


Sharing the Sublime Exhibition


We owe a great debt of gratitude to Evan Russel, our steadfast collaborator, and Curator at The Ansel Adams Gallery for the past eleven years. Evan, in his thoughtfully written Curator's Note, has these very kind words about our photographs:

Photography is about connection and communication. It is about an experience that an artist is attempting to share with a greater audience, those of like-mind and at common odds, whether by absurdist irony or realist approach. As Ansel Adams would say, "When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs."

When looking at a photograph by Anne Larsen or John Sexton, I am immediately transported to an emphatic place of quiet light; there is a familiarity and fellowship with each subject regardless of its whereabouts or any notion of its prior existence. The darkest aspen forests glow, ice playfully masquerades as a sea of cumulus clouds, and the dazzling morning sun scattered through fog is shrouding. I feel connected, focused, and welcome.

Emanating from the silver prints by both Anne and John is this tacit notion of truth; of genuine places communicating a sympathetic sublimity that is unique yet somehow universal to us all.

If you happen to find yourself in beautiful Yosemite National Park between now and January 6, 2024, we invite you to stop by the gallery to see our photographs on display. Moreover, for those who might be in Yosemite on December 16, 2023, we extend a personal invitation to join us for the gallery's artists' reception between 11 am and 2 pm. It would be a pleasure and an honor to see friends, and hopefully make some new ones. After all, we would not want to be the only ones, along with Evan, in attendance!


2018 International Photography Hall of Fame
Induction and Award Exhibition

International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum
3415 Olive Street
Saint Louis, Missouri 63103

October 27th, 2018 - January 10th, 2019

The IPHF is proud to present the 2018 Hall of Fame Induction and Award Exhibition featuring photographs from 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Joel Bernstein, and the 2018 Class of Hall of Fame Inductees; Willard S. Boyle, Walter Iooss, John Loengard, Susan Meiselas, and John Sexton.

More information is available HERE


John Sexton Photographs at IPHF Exhibition

A portion of John's photographs included in the
2018 Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Exhibition
On display through January 10, 2019


NOVEMBER 12, 2017 - JANUARY 7, 2018

Anne and I are thrilled to be sharing a two-person photographic exhibition, Exploring Light, at the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite National Park. The exhibition runs from November 12th, 2017 through January 7th, 2018. This will be our second two-person exhibition at the Ansel Adams Gallery.

Sexton - Larsen Exploring Light Exhibition

We are pleased to share images not only of the natural environment, but the show will also include human-made subjects. For each of us, the use of light as it graces the subject, is an integral aspect of our creative photographic process. Though Anne and I have different palettes, we both work hard in the making of negatives, as well as in the execution of prints, to create an experience of beauty and luminosity. Naturally all of the prints in the exhibition will be black and white, silver gelatin prints hand-printed in our traditional wet darkroom.

We hope, if you are visiting Yosemite during the exhibition between now and January 7, 2018, you will have an opportunity to stop by and see our photographs on display.



John's Photographs Included in exhibition at the National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
November and December 2014

It is a great honor to have twelve of my prints included in the new exhibition Journey of the Heart: Exhibition of Straight Photography Original Print 1839-2014 on display at the National Art Museum of China through December 10, 2014. This large exhibition looks at the entire history of photography. I am further honored to have some of my prints added to NAMOC's permanent collection. I am thrilled to have my work on the walls with such legends as Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, William Henry Fox Talbot, Imogen Cunningham, and many others! There is a bit more information on the exhibition here.



John and Anne's photographs included in the Sun to Moon Gallery 13th Anniversary Exhibition
November 20, 2014 through January 15, 2015

Anne and I are honored to have photographs included in the current 13th Anniversary exhibition at the Sun to Moon Gallery in Dallas, Texas. We wish we could attend the celebration, and see the show, but unfortunately our schedule will not allow us to do so.



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