The photography area spans a range of practices in the 21st century, constantly questioning and reframing the evolution of photographic and post-photographic approaches. Gaining a solid grounding in photography history, students explore the pluralities of contemporary photo-related practice with a range of professional tools at their disposal. Students learn to make exhibition quality prints and photo objects with digital or analog technologies, frequently seamlessly integrating the two. Courses reflect the research of an accomplished and diverse faculty encouraging deep critical thinking around a range of issues such as visual literacy in a photo saturated society, engagement with contemporary international subjects, site specificity, abstraction, reenactment, and performativity. Students are expected to cultivate a unique relationship to their work from an array of instructional options including reading, lectures, technical demos, critiques, visiting artists talks, one-on-one meetings, participation in colloquia, and local art events and discussions. Experimentation and risk-taking are supported to cultivate individual interests and working methods.

Facilities include comprehensive space for creating professional digital prints, black and white darkrooms, studios for photoshoots, access to digital and analog cameras ranging from 35mm to large format, and space for creating large-scale analog prints.

Sample classes include:

Intro to Black & White Photography
Basic Lighting
Seeing and Surveillance in the Contemporary World
The Photographic Book
Narrative in Photography
Large Format Photography

Regular Full Time Faculty:
Bonnie Donohue
David Mussina
Jeannie Simms
Sandra Stark

Regular Part Time Faculty:
Bill Burke

Continuing Part Time Faculty:
Laura Blacklow

Visiting Full Time Faculty:
Claire Beckett, Interim Area Rep