Max Underwood Photography

Max Underwood was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where the beautiful southwestern landscapes and rich cultural history have inspired him to pursue photography as a passion and a career.

Close mentorship by photographers Janet Russek and David Scheinbaum, and having the opportunity to help 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.

His photo credits include publication in:

The Sun Magazine (10/2015: Issue 478) ‘Ovation’

Horse and Hound for National’s Daily Dozen (4/12/2013)

The Santa Fe New Mexican-“Fire destroys El Dorado home” (9/9/2014), ‘Tower Aglow’ (6/1/2010) ,”Alhambra” (12/18/2013)

The Pasatiempo- Soundwaves: ‘State of the Mingo’ (6/22/2012)

Santa Fe Reporter’s 2014-15 Annual Manual ‘Un Poco de todo’

2014, 2015 Santa Fe Literary Review -‘Altibajos’, ‘La Casita’, ‘Ovation’, ‘Muerte de Vaca’


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 available pro-bono and professionally as a free agent.