Peter Essick returns this Fall as our instructor for the 5th SxSE Okefenokee/Cumberland Island workshop. We’ll travel through the swamp in private boats for Sunrise and Sunset on Thursday.  Friday will find us ferrying over to Cumberland Island for a day-long private van tour, stopping along the way to shoot beaches, animals, and architecture. Saturday is a day to explore the historic city of St. Marys, and/or return to the swamp or the island. Group critiques follow on Saturday evening.

More info coming soon. Questions, and/or if you’d like to be notified when this workshop opens please e


Peter Essick is a photographer, teacher, and editor with 30 years of experience working with National Geographic Magazine. He specializes in nature and environmental themes. Named one of the forty most influential nature photographers in the world by Outdoor Photography Magazine UK, Essick has been influenced by many noted American landscape photographers from Carleton Watkins to Robert Adams. His goal is to make photographs that move beyond documentation to reveal in careful compositions the human impact of development as well as the enduring power of the land.


Essick is the author of three books of his photographs, The Ansel Adams Wilderness, Our Beautiful, Fragile World and Fernbank Forest. He has photographed stories for National Geographic on many environmental issues including climate change, high-tech trash, nuclear waste and freshwater. After 30 years travelling the world as an editorial photographer, Essick decided to focus his work on a more personal documentation of the environmental and cultural changes in his hometown of Atlanta.


Essick’s photographs are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, the Booth Western Art Museum and many other private collections. He is represented by Spalding Nix Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia.

Peter’s Work:


IG: @peteressick