About Lee Manning

I am currently living in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and am very active in the city’s exceptionally famous art community. I was recently selected by New Mexico’s Acclaimed Artist Program to hang my work in conjunction with the state’s Art in Public Places series. I was one of ten Santa Fe photographers juried into the first Asian International Photography Fair, a part of Art Singapore 2009. I have won several awards, curated numerous photography exhibits, and conducted photography workshops in Italy, Colorado, and New Mexico. I have published one photography book, and am working on two more for release early next year.

I have been a photographer for over forty years, and when light and shadows accent a scene in such a way that makes me want to photograph it, I still get excited about the outcome. My style of fine-art, portrait and nude photography is classic, inspired by the extraordinary combination of available light and shadow that allows a naturalness to evolve throughout a shoot. This naturalness in my nude and portrait photography is also the result of trust between me and the model as I encourage the model to allow moods and expressions to flow freely. This is seen in my photographs as contentment, satisfaction, ease, thoughtfulness, or playfulness. In an environment such as this, poses cease to be poses but become a genuine conveyance of feeling shown in the model’s face and body posture.


Exhibitions and Awards

Asia International Photography Fair, Singapore

New Mexico Accomplished Artist Selection

Six Shooters Exhibition, Santa Fe

Photo Arts Santa Fe, Santa Fe

Klainguti Gallery, Genoa, Italy

Historic Museum of Terceira, Portugal

Spirit Dancer Gallery, Santa Fe

Santa Fe Artist Studio Tour , Santa Fe

Working With Artists Gallery, Denver

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs

Business of Art Center, Manitou Springs, Colorado

B & W Magazine Merit Award

Las Vegas, New Mexico Arts Council Merit Award

Colorado State Fair, Pueblo, Honorable Mention

Focus Magazine Portfolio

Words of Expression Book

Passageways Book


More of Lee's work can be seen on the following Web sites:

One Model Place




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