Born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada in 1957, Craig Varjabedian received his BFA from the University of Michigan in 1979 and his MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1989. He has enjoyed a prodigious career photographing, exhibiting, writing, publishing, lecturing and teaching for over thirty years.

Home is in the Land of Enchantment—Santa Fe, New Mexico which he shares with his wife Kathryn, their daughter Rebekkah and two rambunctious black-and-white photo dogs named Dektol and Ektar. 





Emmy Award

National Endowment for the Arts (2x)

McCune Charitable Foundation (2x)

Wrangler Photography Book Award, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

New Mexico Humanities Council (3x)

Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Best Art Book Award, New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards

Award for Excellence, Association of American University Presses

Ben Franklin Award


published books

The Alchemy of Light. Eloquent Light Editions, Santa Fe

Into the Great White Sands. University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque

Light of the Great Mystery: Native American Portraits. Eloquent Light Editions, Santa Fe

Photographs and Words: Photographs by Craig Varjabedian. Eloquent Light Editions, Santa Fe

Landscape Dreams, A New Mexico Portrait. University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque

The Eloquence of Trees: Photographs by Craig Varjabedian. Athenon and PhotoBook Press

Ghost Ranch and the Faraway Nearby. University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque

Four and Twenty Photographs: Stories from Behind the Lens. University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque

This Enchanted Land. Texas Lutheran University, Seguin

As the Spirit Stands Still: Photographs by Craig Varjabedian. Cirrus Editions Limited, Santa Fe

The Grace of Light: Images of Faith from Catholic New Mexico. Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs

En Divina Luz: The Penitente Moradas of New Mexico. University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque

Places of Power: Photographs by Craig Varjabedian. Self


Museum Exhibitions

The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

The Meadows Museum, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado

The Albuquerque Museum of Art & History, Albuquerque, New Mexico (2x)

C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, Montana

The Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Weigand Gallery, College of Notre Dame, Belmont, California

Fine Arts Center Galleries, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island

Museum of the Southwest, Midland, Texas

National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Palace of the Governors, Santa Fe, New Mexico (2x)

Museo de las Americas, Denver, Colorado

Ross Art Museum/Ohio Wesleyan University

Fort Collins Museum, Fort Collins, Colorado


selected public and private collections

Aarott Library, New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, New Mexico

The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, Albuquerque, New Mexico

The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland

The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, California

Colorado Springs Fine Art Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado

DeGolyer Rare Book Library, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas

Senator Diane Feinstein, San Francisco, California

Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin, Texas

The Jaegal Foundation, Baltimore, Maryland

J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

LaSalle Partners, Limited, Chicago, Illinois

Los Alamos National Bank, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, New Mexico

National Hispanic Cultural Center of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Governor Bill Richardson, New Mexico

Taos Historic Museums, Taos, New Mexico

Trinity Capital Corporation, Los Alamos, New Mexico

The William Benton Museum of Art, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Conneecticut

Zimmerman Library, The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico



Founder and Director of the Eloquent Light Photography Workshops, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Since 1986.

Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, New Mexico