Annual New Mexico Photo Art Show

Welcome to the Enchanted Lens Camera Club

Our next meeting will be on
Thursday, December 3rd

We meet at the
Jewish Community Center
5520 Wyoming Blvd NE

Our Speaker will be
Jack Leustig

Born and raised in farm-country east of Cleveland, Ohio, Jack Leustig began his professional career as a photographer in the early 1970s in New York City working for United Press International. In the mid-seventies he studied acting and directing for three years with Lee Strasberg and acted in several New York productions including a starring role at the Actors Studio.

In the late 1970s, Jack moved to Los Angeles where he managed the Aquarius Theater, a 1,200-seat, legitimate theatre in Hollywood that presented major Broadway musicals with their original casts. In 1981, after working on his first film, Zoot Suit, shot at the Aquarius with director Louis Valdez, Jack took a position at Francis Ford Coppola’s Zoetrope Studios.

Throughout the 1980s he worked on many films in various capacities including writing, casting, and acting (acting opposite Jessica Lange, Richard Gere, Sam Shepard, Michael Keaton and others). In 1989, Jack directed his first film, the acclaimed psychological short Triplicity, which he also wrote and produced. Immediately after that he directed The Making of Dances With Wolves before beginning his most ambitious and important project, 500 Nations, in 1990.

After four years in the making, 500 Nations, the eight-hour, prime-time documentary on the history of the indigenous nations of North America, aired on CBS in the spring of 1995. Created, written, produced and directed by Jack, the prime-time network mini-series was among the largest and most honored documentaries in network history. Howard Rosenberg in the L.A. Times wrote, “…stunning storytelling. Magnificently directed by Jack Leustig,” and Daily Variety echoed his sentiments by calling Jack’s direction “superb.” In 1996 in Washington, D.C., Jack was honored with the NEA Award for the Advancement of Learning Through Broadcasting.

During the same period of the early 90s, Jack’s photography and digital imaging had a resurgence with many of his images being published in books, CD covers, and magazines (including two national covers). In December of 1995 Jack’s life took a tragic turn when his wife of twenty-five years, the esteemed casting director Elisabeth Leustig, was killed in Moscow, Russia while working on The Saint for Paramount Pictures. He left the film industry and turned to the more private world of print making.

Over the next two years Jack worked with and learned ink jet printing from R. Mac Holbert at Nash Editions in Manhattan Beach, California (Holbert and his partner, Graham Nash, starting the fine art ink jet printing industry in 1990).

In March 1998, Jack and his second wife, Brenda, and their new child moved to Taos, New Mexico with the intention of opening a print studio. His move was inspired by Epson’s promise to soon release the finest printer in the world with archival inks at an affordable price. It took a few years longer than Epson had hoped but Jack used the time to refine his digital and printing skills working with Taos artists. In 2002, with the introduction of the Epson Stylus PRO9600, Jack Leustig Imaging opened in Arroyo Seco, New Mexico and has since emerged as the regional leader in the highest quality fine art printing.

The objective of the Enchanted Lens Camera Club is to provide enjoyment and knowledge of photography to its members through their participation and efforts in club activities.

Doors open by 6:30 pm, presentation starts at 7:00 pm. If you are interested in joining, please arrive early! See the Meetings page for details about our bi-monthly meetings. Our meetings are open to the public and free to attend!

Membership entitles you to:

Anyone interested in the practice of photography is eligible for membership.

Membership dues are $50.00 per year for individuals and $75.00 per year for couples or an additional family member. ELCC offers a reduced membership rate of $25 to students.

The dues pay for:

See Club Info for more details about yearly dues and club by-laws.