Conservation Photography with Purpose

Steven served 29 years protecting public lands, natural, cultural and historic resources.

Today, Steven is in constant search for opportunities to promote conservation of public lands and resources through photography.  Steven calls it "conservation photography with a purpose".  Our public lands and resources are irreplaceable treasures held in trust for us all, yet constantly under threat of exploitation and privatization.  As most of these lands and resources are located in the Western United States, it is paramount that people, some who may not fully understand or appreciate the value of these wide open spaces to the health of our culture and nation, are able to see images of these lands so that they, too, can feel a sense of ownership and a desire to do what ever it takes to keep these lands and resources in public stewardship now and for future generations.

"Description of the inspiration or the meaning of a work of photography... lies in the work itself.  The endless discussions of creativity appear to me to be pointless intellectual carousels; their purpose seems more the presenting of burnt offerings and worshiping of modish identifications than the achieving of mutual enlightenment".  Ansel Adams, ca. 1983

Steven's images currently showing at these fine establishments:

Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery

2470A Calle de Guadalupe, Mesilla, New Mexico  88046

Open Daily 10 am to 5 pm


On-Line Photography Show

ANMPAS Shades of Gray

On Line Black and White Photography Show


Model Mayhem

Steven's Photography Awards, Projects and Past Showings:


Honorable Mention, Nature Category, 2019 Monochrome Awards

First Place Winner, Black and White 2019 Southern New Mexico State Fair Photo Contest

First Place Winner and Best of Show  2018 Southern New Mexico State Fair Photo Contest

Amateur, Honorable Mention, 2018 Fine Art Photography Awards

2nd Place Winner, 2018 Images of Nebraska Photo Contest

Merit Winner, 2017 Black and White Magazine Portfolio Contest, (Issue #122)

Open Theme Amateur Nominee, 2016 Fine Art Photography Awards

Six Honorable Mentions, 2016 Monochrome Awards

Honorable Mention, Non-Professional, Landscapes, 2016 Neutral Density Awards

Winner, 2016 Black and White Image, Fort Lewis College Center For Southwest Studies.


Steven, along with Lanny Wagner, leads Road Scholar Photography excursions since 2018.

Steven was selected by the National Parks Arts Foundation  as the November 2015 Artist in Residence at Fort Union National Monument, New Mexico.

Steven is a contract freelance photographer for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

Steven was a volunteer freelance photographer for the US Department of Interior,  BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT, NEW MEXICO in 2015.

Steven was a member of the  MESILLA VALLEY FINE ARTS Gallery 2009-2010.

Past Showings:

rokoko art gallery

Historic New Mexico Churches

A Black and White Photography Show

also featuring Renee Waskiewicz's Stained Glass Art

1785 Calle de Mercado, Mesilla, New Mexico

November 2019  - Artist Reception November 9, 2019, 4-7pm


ANMAPS Shades of Gray  Photography Show

New Mexico State Fairgrounds

300 N. San Pedro Drive NE,  Albuquerque, New Mexico

December 7-28, 2019


Black and White Exhibition

The Center for Fine Art Photography

Fort Collins, Colorado

August, 2019


SE Center for Photography

Natural Nude

116 East Broad St Greenville, SC 29601


ANMPAS Shades of Gray Photographic Art Show

New Mexico State Fairgrounds, Fine Art Building

300 San Pedro Dr, NE Albuquerque, New Mexico  

December 2-27, 2018


rokoko art gallery

Recollection Reconnection Dia de los Muertos Group Show

October 13 thru November 24, 2018

1785 Avenida de Mercado, Las Cruces, New Mexico  88005

Steven's black and white Historic New Mexico church images.


Mas Art

126 S. Main St.  Las Cruces, New Mexico  88001

            Steven's black and white Historic New Mexico church images. 

August 2018       


15th Annual Eldorado Fall Art Show

Friday, October 14, 3-7 pm and Saturday, October 15, 9 am to 5 pm

St. Johns Methodist Church 1200 Old Pecos Trail Santa Fe, New Mexico


Fort Lewis College Center for Southwest Studies

Parks, People, Preservation: Celebrating the National Park Service in the Southwest 

June 23 thru December 6, 2016

Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado.


Liquid Outpost Coffehouse and Art Space

Steven W Martin Photography Presents: 

Land of Enchantment, Visions of Old New Mexico

 located inside the Inn and Spa At Loretto,

211 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe New Mexico.  

November 2015


New Mexico Public Lands Information Center

301 Dinosaur Trail, Santa Fe, New Mexico. 

50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act.