George Austin, CPP

DFW – March 21 – 22

George’s first complete sentence, written in his baby book was, “op de door” meaning open the door and let me outside. That desire to explore the outside world set the tenor of his life, the life of an explorer.
In 1974 he found work with U.S. Forest service in Glenwood, New Mexico working trails and fighting fires as a wilderness patrolman. George had been interested in wilderness photography since college at UTEP and found that his photos were the best way to share his adventures in the wilderness. He started his wilderness adventure slide shows and began to learn the art of photography.
In 1977 he found work as a portrait photographer with a company in El Paso traveling to six towns a week in the four corner states of New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado.
In 1979 George took a job at the AURA National Science Foundation, at Sun Spot Observatory, developing film for cameras tracking the sun. His experience there in darkroom chemistry and densitometry in a scientific environment gave George skills he would use when he began his career in the mini lab industry. During this time he met his wife Melinda giving one of his adventure slide shows.
In 1985, George and Melinda moved to Santa Fe where he worked in a mini-lab and began learning fine art photography. He was a member of the Santa Fe Society of Artist selling his work in downtown Santa Fe.  He had three photographic exhibits at the David Ross Studio on Palace Avenue, and also exhibited at The Armory and The College of Santa Fe.  In addition, he had an opening for fourteen of his prints purchased by the Ore House Restaurant overlooking the Plaza.
In 1994, George and Melinda moved to Silver City NM to open Silver Imaging Photo Lab providing photo lab services to the community. In 2006 they added a portrait studio to the business and in 2007 obtained school contracts to photograph students at Silver High School. That was followed by contracts for La Plata Middle school and Harrison Schmitt elementary as well as family and children’s portraits in their studio.
George has earned his Certification of Professional Photography (CPP) from the Professional Photographers of America. He has been President of Professional Photographers of New Mexico and was awarded the National Award for his service to that organization.  Promoting excellence in photography is George’s continuing passion.

  • Past president PPANM
  • CPP
  • PPA National Award