San Miguel Charms Photographer Arthur Meyerson
By Carrie McCarthy
Photographer and Santa Fe Photographic Workshops instructor Arthur Meyerson has been coming to San Miguel de Allende since the early 1980s. He’s taught photo workshops eleven times over the years, and he visits regularly for leisure. Recently, he even hosted his daughter’s wedding in nearby Las Trancas.
From the very first time he visited, Arthur knew San Miguel was special. As he remembers, “When I first visited San Miguel, I was well-traveled in Mexico, but I’d never been in a colonial town like this before. There was something about San Miguel that was instantly captivating. It was amazing. I was overwhelmed by the charm, the color, the light.”
He immediately fell in love with San Miguel and was overjoyed when he had the opportunity to return in 2001. Reid Callanan, Director of Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, approached him about teaching workshops in San Miguel. Arthur’s response was enthusiastic. He recalls saying, “I’ve been waiting for this for a long time.”
This year, Arthur returns to teach his signature workshop, “The Color of Mexico,” October 18-23. He believes San Miguel is “an excellent place to learn about light and color and the nuances of seeing light and color. It’s a perfect Mexican experience rolled into this beautiful colonial town, one that gives photographers everything they could want—color photographers in particular.”
Arthur also notes practical elements that make San Miguel an ideal locale for a workshop. “It’s a small town, so it’s easy to learn your way around and get a feel for place and places. And the people are terrific,” he says. “From a participant’s standpoint, they get an opportunity to visit places they’d never get to visit otherwise. Not only in San Miguel, but also on the day trips we do. We pack a lot into a week-long workshop and give people an experience they won’t get anywhere else.”
He continues, “I’m always amazed at the bodies of work my students produce in the short time we’re there. I know it is because San Miguel is so inspirational. And I think that’s why it’s such a good place for Santa Fe Workshops to return to year after year.”
Since that first visit more than 30 years ago, Meyerson’s affection for San Miguel has only deepened. He has watched as the city has gained popularity among tourists, expats, and artists, but he’s impressed by how “it’s managed to maintain its beauty and its culture, and that’s one of the things that keeps people coming back for more. People are drawn to the culture, the arts scene, the lifestyle,” he says. “It’s always been this special place to me. Sometimes you can’t put your finger on these feelings, but San Miguel keeps calling me back. Every time I arrive in the city, I feel like I’m home. It’s a feeling I get that I don’t get everywhere I travel.”
Santa Fe Photographic Workshops will offer nine workshops in San Miguel this fall and free Instructor Image Presentations. For more information, visit sanmiguel.santafeworkshops.com.