2018 Official Kick Off Party

Pop-Up Exhibition


Join us Friday, September 14 from 8-10pm as we kick off 4x5 Photo Fest festivities with Indy Coffee Club. View an exhibit of work by one of our panelists - Ilana Panich-Linsman, enjoy drinks, music, and more. 

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7114 UTSA BLVD #103

San Antonio, TX 78249

ON VIEW Sept 1 - 30, 2018

4x5 Photo Fest presents Ilana Panich-Linsman: Notes From The Border. For thousands of undocumented immigrants, crossing the U.S.-Mexico border means the prospect of safety and hope. The majority of immigrants arriving at America’s southern border are fleeing organized violence and dire economic prospects in their home countries in Central America. Though it’s not just leaving home and making the arduous journey through Mexico that stands in their way of a better life. Upon reaching the border, they face a new set of challenges, due in large part to the Trump administration’s shifting immigration policies, including “zero tolerance." Over the past few months, thousands of men and women have experienced detention in facilities with inadequate living conditions, and in many cases, separation from their own children. Those who’ve tried to seek asylum legally, looking to enter the U.S. at official ports of entry, have endured countless hours in unforgiving summer heat waiting on international bridges, often without gaining entry. This is a piece of their story, as documented by Texas-based photojournalist Ilana Panich-Linsman. Ilana’s recent photographs and videos have been made in collaboration with The New York Times and TIME Magazine.

4x5 Photo Fest 2018

Workshops & Speakers


4x5 Photo Fest consists of a full day of inspiring photography keynotes & workshops geared towards professional photographers, enthusiasts, and the creative class. Whether you're a freelancer, seasoned professional, intern, emerging photographer or business owner looking to connect with photographers - 4x5 Photo Fest is an experience you don't wanna miss out on. 4x5 Photo Fest also has pretty rad kickoff parties and programming for all attendees. Check out our incredible line-up to see what we have in store for you this September in San Antonio.


East Crossing is located in the historic Dignowity Hill area on the East side of Downtown San Antonio, TX. Housed in an old train depot, the warehouse has been transformed into a beautiful open-floor plan. 

125 Lamar

San Antonio, TX 78202

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Fest opens at 11am

Admission is Free


Keynote Speaker

Eli Reed

Photo by Elizabeth Hurley

Photo by Elizabeth Hurley


Eli Reed joined the elite Magnum Photos 1983 as a nominee and became a full member in 1988. Reed is the first and only staff newspaper photographer to be taken directly from a newspaper into Magnum Photos while working in a staff position. Reed has been a Sony Artisans Ambassador since 2014. He has been a Clinical Professor of Photojournalism at the University of Texas at Austin since January 2005 where he continues to work on various documentary projects. Reed graduated from Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts in May 1969. He started working as a staff photographer for the newspapers Middletown Times Herald Record in 1977, Detroit News in 1978, and the San Francisco Examiner in 1980 before joining Magnum in ’83.’ He spent the 1982/83 school year at Harvard University as a Nieman Fellow studying the History of War, Central America, Japan, economics, politics, fiction writing workshop, and film script writing.

During his professional career, he has had assignments and has been published in a large number of venues including magazines such as National Geographic, The New Yorker, Time, Newsweek, Life, New York Times Sunday Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Vibe, Vogue, Harpers Bazaar GQ, Oggi, Marie Claire, Vibe, Men’s Health, Ford and Rockefeller foundations, Save The Children, Polaroid, McDonalds, Global Fund, UNICEF, Doctors Without Borders, and London Sunday Times while covering world news events since 1982.

Some of his many awards include the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Documentary Photography 1992, Overseas Press Club 1983, Mark Twain Associated Press Award 1981, Pictures of the Year (POY) Nikon World Understanding Award 1983 Kodak World Image Award for Fine Art Photography, Leica Medal of Excellence, Pictures of the Year Nikon World Understanding Award, World Press Photo 1988, Pulitzer Prize nominee 1981, Visa Pour Linage Festival Du Photoreportage 1993, Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame International Independent Film and Video Competition Short Film Award giving recognition of his film on gangs which he filmed and directed, “Getting Out” 1996, (Global Fund 2009 excellence in Media Award for his coverage of HIV in the Amazon in Peru (Global Health Council, Washington, D.C.) and the 2011 Lucie Award Achievement in Documentary Photography. In 1996, Reed became the first living artist to have a major one-person exhibition at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Conn. He received an invitation by White House staff to give a lecture on his work to government photographers on September 14, 2016 at the Dwight Eisenhower building in Washington, D.C.

His portrait of Tupac Shakur was included in the “American Cool” catalogue and exhibition opening at the National Portrait Gallery in the Smithsonian Institution February 2014. Reed was voted onto the Magnum Foundation Board in 2018.

A book signing will follow the artist talk at 6pm. Eli Reed's A Long Walk Home will be available for purchase at the Fest (while supplies last). You can also purchase your book in advance with will call pick up.


Panel Discussion

Women in Photography

Our Women in Photography panel will explore how women are working to change the conversation of how stories are told. 4x5 Photo Fest is uniting an eclectic group of accomplished photographers, all women, to speak about their work and their journey towards success within their role as a female artist. All originating from a diverse range of backgrounds, these women will engage in a stimulating panel discussion covering topics about their methods, subject matter, personal vision, and their processes for creating extraordinary bodies of work. Complementing the panel discussion will be a series of slide-show presentations delivered by each participating panel member, showcasing a selection of images which define their style.

The panel will include Isabel Castro, Ilana Panich-Linsman, Julia Robinson, and it will be moderated by Lisa Krantz.


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Lisa Krantz is a staff photographer at the San Antonio Express-News. She was recently named as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography for the story of Rowan Windham, a 10-year-old who inspired others with his positive outlook on life despite battling a rare, incurable disorder. She was also a finalist in 2015 as part of a team entry on the Central American immigration crisis. Her work has been recognized by World Press Photo and Pictures of the Year International (POYi) including the Community Awareness Award and third place Newspaper Photographer of the Year (2010 & 2015). She has twice received both the ASNE Photojournalism Award and the Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Award for Photojournalism. NPPA's Best of Photojournalism, PDN Photo Annual, SPJ's Sigma Delta Chi and the National Headliner Awards have also recognized her work. She is a three-time NPPA Region 8 Photographer of the Year.

A Life Apart: The Toll of Obesity, the story of Hector Garcia Jr.'s struggle with obesity in the last four years of his life, was screened at Visa pour l'Image in Perpignan, France, and exhibited at the Festival della Fotografia Etica in Lodi, Italy. Krantz has a psychology degree from Florida State University and a MA in photography from Syracuse University. Previously she worked at the Naples (FL) Daily News.


Julia Robinson is an independent photojournalist in native Austin, Texas. Robinson has been a staff photographer at large metropolitan dailies and small-town newspapers and honored with recognition from Pictures of the Year International, NPPA's Best of Photojournalism, the Missouri Press Association, the Associated Press, and anyone who ever put my photo on their fridge.

Julia is founder of a monthly photo gathering cleverly named "Austin Photo Night" and the current NPPA Regional Chair for the South.

Clients include: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USAToday, Wired, The Dallas Morning News, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Texas Highways Magazine, Reuters, The Texas Observer, and the University of Texas.


Isabel Castro is an Emmy-nominated, award-winning Mexican documentary filmmaker and multimedia journalist. Her work is focused on immigration and civil rights.

Her directorial debut CROSSING OVER, about transgender asylum seekers, won a 2015 GLAAD Media Award for Best Documentary Film. Interviews about her work on CROSSING OVER were nominated for two additional GLAAD awards.

She worked on two seasons of the Emmy-award winning series, VICE on HBO and helped launch VICE News Tonight on HBO, as a producer covering civil rights and policy. She was nominated for a News Emmy in 2017.


Ilana Panich-Linsman (b. 1984) is a visual journalist based in Austin, Texas. Her regular clients include the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, theWashington PostAudubon Magazine, Rolling Stone, ESPN, CNN, Time Magazine, and others. 

Her awards include one of Magnum Photo’s 30 under 30, AI-AP American Photo, UNICEF Photo of the Year Honorable Mention, and the Multimedia Award at the Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism. 

Panich-Linsman is a graduate of the International Center of Photography’s photojournalism program (New York) where she was awarded a Director’s Fellowship. She holds a bachelor of arts degree from Scripps College (Claremont, Calif.), completed the Eddie Adams Workshop in 2009, and graduated in 2014 from the University of the Arts, London, with a master of arts degree in photojournalism.

Headshot by Bonny Berry.

artist talk

Mark Sobhani

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Mark Sobhani is a San Antonio-based photographer. Sobhani has spent the majority of his career as a newspaper photographer and left his staff job in 2009 and began freelancing for corporate and commercial work, as well as weddings and photojournalism. He is currently the NBA team photographer for the San Antonio Spurs. 


photography and the law: copyright workshop

Alicia Wagner Calzada


Alicia Wagner Calzada is a Media Law Attorney based in San Antonio, Texas. She serves as the Deputy General Counsel for the National Press Photographers Association and her clients include print and online publications as well as individual photographers and journalists. She works on a variety of matters including defamation, First Amendment, copyright and social media and speaks regularly on these issues.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Alicia was a photojournalist for 20 years. Her photography has been published in a wide range of books, magazines, and newspapers. In 2013, the NPPA created the Alicia Calzada First Amendment award to recognize individuals whose efforts have improved First Amendment rights for photographers.

While copyright may not be that clear in the age of social networks, there are elements of copyright law that are easy to understand. Alicia will provide a basic knowledge of copyright laws and the small claims bill they are currently working towards getting passed in Congress. 

printing for impact workshop

Amanda Dominguez


Choosing which paper or product to print on can be a tough decision. Yet choosing what's right for your image can add to its overall appeal and presentation. Join Digital Pro Lab’s Amanda Dominguez as she talks about what to consider when you are ready to print. We will discuss everything from paper texture to finish, white point to black point, color gamut to icc profiles, specialty wood, rock, metal and more. We will also discuss what sizes give your image the most impact, big or small!

Amanda Dominguez is the Marketing & Operations Manager at Digital Pro Lab. From film to digital and back again, she has worked at Digital Pro Lab through the photo industry's and lab’s many transitions. With over 14+ years of experience in marketing, print & product development, design, systems management and more, Amanda continues to embrace the challenges of the industry and has made it her mission to elevate the importance of preserving moments through print.

4x5 Photo Fest 2018

Film Screening


4x5 Photo Fest will screen Tía Chuck: A Portrait of Chuck Ramirez. The film is the captivating feature length directorial debut by filmmakers Angela and Mark Walley chronicling the life and work of the late artist Chuck Ramirez (1962-2010).

Learn more at: www.TiaChuckFilm.com & www.WalleyFilms.com


Film Screening & Q&A with directors angela and mark walley

Tía Chuck: A Portrait of Chuck Ramirez

Angela and Mark Walley at Casa Chuck - Photo Courtesy Walley Films

Angela and Mark Walley at Casa Chuck - Photo Courtesy Walley Films


Mark and Angela Walley have been collaborating as artists, musicians, and filmmakers for over 15 years. Walley Films, their independent film studio, was founded in 2010 and focuses on documentation and advocacy of contemporary art in Texas. Mark and Angela have produced short documentary film series for Glasstire.com, Rice University Art Gallery, Southwest School of Art, Artpace San Antonio, and the Moody Center for the Arts. Their clients have included Art 21, Blue Star Contemporary, San Antonio Museum of Art, and McNay Art Museum.

Walley Films short documentary films have screened at Rice University Art Gallery, Houston; Peabody Essex Museum, Massachusetts; Aicon Gallery, New York; Kunsthaus Stade, Germany; and NUS Museum, Singapore. Mark and Angela's video collaborations with visual artists have been presented at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, Trinity University Art Gallery, Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, FL!GHT Gallery, and Presa House Gallery. 

The pair recently completed their feature-length documentary directorial debut, Tía Chuck: A Portrait of Chuck Ramirez, following the life and work of the late artist Chuck Ramirez. Learn more at TiaChuckFilm.com. Their work has been featured on National Geographic, Vimeo Staff Picks, Colossal, The Atlantic, Roger Ebert's Journal, NPR Picture Show, BuzzFeed DIY, BOOOOOOOOM, and Smithsonian Magazine among others. 

lomography intro to diana f+ Workshop

Sara Marjorie Strick


The Diana F+ family features the cult Diana camera in all kinds of sizes, shapes and forms you could imagine. Take timeless and dramatic photos on 120 film with at ease. Create stunning soft-focused images and customize it with sweet lenses or even an instant back for additional effects and flexibility. 

Austin based photographer and LomoAmigo, Sara Marjorie Strick will be offering a Lomography Intro to Diana F+ workshop at 4x5 Photo Fest. Sara will focus on the creative features and opportunities this camera presents and will share her personal advice as a photographer. Sara specializes in live music, portraits, events, and building content for brands. She works full time as the Social Media Manager for Precision Camera, a family-owned and operated camera store in Austin. Her clients include The New York Times, HGTV, Urban Outfitters and Juiceland to name a few. She has worked as a staff photographer for festivals such as Day For Night, FPSF, SXSW, Float Fest and others. 

The workshop is limited to 25 spots and registration is required. Participants have the option to borrow a Diana F+ without flash during the workshop or purchase a used version of their own at a discounted rate of $30 (full price $49). Workshop fee is $10 and includes (1) pack of 120 film.

The Lomography Workshop begins promptly at 2pm. Please allow 1hr for the workshop. Workshop tickets, cameras and film are transferable, but film and cameras are not refundable.



Suhail Arastu


Suhail Arastu was raised in San Antonio, Texas and studied Neurobiology & Classics at The University of California, Berkeley where he competed as an NCAA Gymnast. In Philadelphia he began graduate studies before moving to a small Japanese mountain village for a year of contemplation, deep sea fishing, hiking, skiing and teaching. He then travelled the world by ship under the auspices of the United Nations Economic & Social Council before returning home in 2008. Suhail works in Institutional Advancement for Musical Bridges Around the World, a non-profit performing arts company charged to unite, educate and inspire through culturally diverse visual and performing arts. He served two terms as a Trustee of The Mind Science Foundation, one term on the Board of Directors of Gemini Ink and is the Arts & Culture Chair for Anuja San Antonio - the organization managing San Antonio’s Sister City Relations with Chennai, India. Suhail is the Mayor's appointee to the Public Art Commission and enjoys serving on the Board of Directors of Constitution Cafe & The Lone Star Art Alliance. He was elected to the 40th Class of Leadership San Antonio and completed a Marshall Memorial Fellowship in Spring of 2018; in August of the same year he was appointed to serve on the Board of Sister Cities International, a Washington DC based organization that grew out of the League of Cities under President Eisenhower. He leads Yoga privately and at Yoga in Motion. A collection of Suhail’s photographs from seven continents was shown at PechaKucha Volume 5.

4x5 Photo Fest swag

Exhibitors & Vendors

Each year we have a pretty awesome exhibitor and vendor area. 4x5 Photo Fest sponsors and partners share demos and new products, while exhibitors sell smaller sized prints, showcase their portfolio, and network with other professional photographers. Stop by the 4x5 Photo Fest merch table to pick up official 2018 T-shirts, hats, prints, patches, pins, stickers, and more.

Desert Willow Studios - Jackie Scripps

Desert Willow Studios - Jackie Scripps

Shane Cook

Shane Cook

Nicole Geary

Nicole Geary

Joshua Muñoz

Joshua Muñoz

Dominique Beltran

Dominique Beltran

Hannah Lashway

Hannah Lashway

Jeffrey Olivares

Jeffrey Olivares

David Teran

David Teran





The Camera Exchange

The Camera Exchange

Digital Pro Lab

Digital Pro Lab



Precision Camera & Video

Precision Camera & Video


Drop us a line if you're interested in becoming a vendor/sponsor/partner.

2018 4x5 Photo Fest

Sponsors & Partners


Each year 4x5 Photo Fest teams up with an amazing group of sponsors and partners to build intentional community within the San Antonio and Austin region by connecting, educating, encouraging and inspiring others to become better photographers. Through our collaborations with local photographers, journalists, educators, and businesses, we are specifically catering to heighten the rich and diverse photography community in the San Antonio and Austin area.

Talk to us if you're interested in becoming a 2018 Sponsor!


Official Title Sponsor


Venue Sponsor


Film Screening Sponsor


Print Swap Sponsor


Media Sponsors


Women in Photography Panel Discussion Sponsor


Mark Sobhani Artist Talk Sponsor


Copyright & Law Workshop Sponsor


Silver Business Sponsor


Fest Friends


In-Kind Sponsors