The 505 – Lisa Kantor

The name says it all: 5 questions, 5 images, in an echolocation allusion to the primary area code of New Mexico. The 505 is an interview format highlighting ASMP photographers, new and emerging. 

Where did you grow up, and how did you come to live in New Mexico?
I grew up in Tucson, Arizona, land of the majestic Saguaro. I came to live in Santa Fe after several decades in Los Angeles. I just had to get back to the Southwest, and Santa Fe is the most beautiful spot on the planet. I feel a deep soul connection with the landscape and the people. I simply could deny it no longer.

2. What lessons has photography taught you? 
Photography has taught me patience, discipline, confidence, and a renewed satisfaction in the pleasure of practice. I have learned to “see” in a deeper and always more fascinating way. I look for beauty in the mundane and in the extraordinary.


3. What person has most influenced you, or your photography? Can you tell me about him or her?
My Mother was a painter. As a child, she would take me to her art classes, art shows, and coffee klatch with her artist friends. She most always painted from photos cut out of Arizona Highways Magazine. I watched her lay color on canvas. Much discussion ensued about the photos, their composition, and how she planned to enhance the image for her paintings.


4. Do you have any passions or talents outside of your work?
I love ushering at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival each summer. Not only do I get to hear beautiful music; the Saint Francis Auditorium at the Fine Art is my happy place. Plus, I get to wear the turquoise sash!! My other great passion is the Santa Fe Farmers Market. We are so lucky to live in a community that values local food and local economies. Oh, and YUM!!

5. If you could photograph anyone or anything living now or at any point in history, who would it be and why? What camera would you want to use?

I wish I could have photographed Edward Abby while listening to Linda Ronstadt on the radio(it’s a Tucson thing). I would use my trusty old Olympus OM-4T with a G.Zuiko 55mm lens. Probably loaded with Tri X.


5 responses to “The 505 – Lisa Kantor”

  1. Congratulations Lisa
    You’ve had many achievements and this one ranks near the top
    Beautiful work ! I didn’t know.
    Much love