11951867_10101233762601767_8063522135785351070_n Max Underwood was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where the beautiful and enchanting southwestern landscapes have inspired him to pursue photography as a hobby and a career.

Close mentorship by College of Santa Fe Photography Chair David Scheinbaum and photographer Janet Russek,and having the opportunity to develop prints from original Ansel Adams negatives with photographer Alan Ross, has greatly shaped Underwood’s knowledge and experience, both behind the lens and in the darkroom.In 2011, Underwood had the opportunity to intern under fashion and portrait photographer Valerie Santagto.

Outside of such photography greats such as Ansel Adams, Sebastiao Salgado, and Henri Cartier-Bresson, Underwood has also been influenced by Impressionist painters. Interest in the compositions and textures of Claude Monet, Pierre Auguste Renoir, and Edgar Degas, can be seen in Underwood’s abstractions, patterns and non-narrative imagery.

In July of 2015 Underwood’s photo “Shiva” was selected for feature in the Annual Exposure Awards Animals Collection the photography exhibition’s digital display and print, premiering at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France! In 2010 Underwood was awarded the Ada Wester Fine Art Endowed Scholarship for academic year 2010-2011.Underwood was a featured artist in The Observer Effect Photography show 2010 at Gallery VCR and the Photography Exhibition 2009 at Salon Mar Graff.

Underwood has also produced work for, Mix Santa Fe, and Sun Magazine. His photo credits include publication in:

El Dorado Vistas (March 2002, September 2003, October 2003, December 2003, 2006 ECIA Annual Report, July 2008, January 2009, January 2013, April 2013), 2007 WESA (Western + English Sales Association) flier,  the 16th annual Western Design Conference 2008 Source book ,the Santa Fe New Mexican-“Tower Aglow”(July 1st, 2010), The Pasatiempo- Soundwaves: “State of the Mingo” (June 22nd, 2012), Horse and Hound for National’s Daily Dozen (April 12, 2013) , “Alhambra” (December 18th, 2013) appeared in the SF New Mexican’s ‘Lasting Images’,  ‘Un Poco de todo’ was published in the Santa Fe Reporter’s 2014-15 Annual Manual,  2014 Santa Fe Literary Review -“Altibajos” (pg.76), “La Casita” (pg.63), The Santa Fe New Mexican- “Fire destroys El Dorado home” (September 9th, 2014), El Dorado Vistas (January 2015) “Simón”, 2015 Santa Fe Literary Review – “Ovation”(pg.15) and “Muerte de Vaca” (pg.135),  The Sun Magazine (October 2015: Issue 478) “Ovation”.

Underwood graduated from the University of New Mexico’s College of Fine Arts (Fall 2010), with a BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) in photography . Underwood is also available pro-bono and professionally as a free agent.