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.
The area places a high value on all school-wide visiting lectures and encourages an active understanding of and engagement with various fields of contemporary art and photography. Students are expected to attend SMFA lectures and also events at neighboring institutions such as: The MFA, MIT List Center, Harvard Carpenter Center, Fogg Museum, the Rose Museum at Brandeis, the ICA, Massart, the Photographic Resource Center and local galleries.
The area's visiting artist class brings renowned artists to campus for lectures, interactive sessions with students, slide lectures, and workshops. Recent visitors include: Tim Davis, Chris Csikszentmihalyi, Trevor Paglan, Yoshua Okon, Shannon Ebner, Victor Muniz, Andrea Geyer, Andrew Freeman, Taryn Simon, Esteban Pastorino, Liz Cohen, Paul Seawright, Anthony Goicolea, Alessandra Sanguinetti, and Assia Essaydi. Our recent visiting artist faculty members include: Carla Herrera-Prats, Amber Tourlentes-Davis, Julia Hechtman, Sarah Malakoff, Gregory Halpern, Jonathan Calm, and Youngsuk Suh.
Our comprehensive facilities include professional digital photography equipment, Macs and a black and white darkroom.
For more information about the Photography area, contact David Mussina.
Canon 5d II
|35mm film cameras
|Epson 9800 45" printer
Epson 3800 printers
Imacon Film scanner
Epson V700 scanners
Nikon Coolscan film scanners
Fall 2013 Course Offerings
Below are current course offerings for the Photography area. See the Fall 2013 Course Catalog for full descriptions and schedules.
Photo 1 / PHT 1011
Photo 2 / PHT 2012
Photo 3: Project Development / PHT 3021
Making a Picture (instead of taking one) / PHT 2026
All About The Camera / PHT 2000 01
The Photographic Object: Black and White Print / PHT 2025 01
Intermediate Seminar: Locating Yourself in Contemporary Photography / PHT 2030
Intermediate Digital Printing / PHT 2075 0
Landscape as Concept Experience and Image / PHT 2200 01
Basic Lighting for Still and Moving Image / PHT 2502 01
Int/Adv Group Critique for Photographers / PHT 3000 01
Queer Visualities, Aesthetics and Insights / PHT 3018 01
Large Format Photography / PHT 3047 01
Advanced Seminar:Four Photographers / PHT 3205 01
Basic Lighting for Still and Moving Images / PHT 2014