© Marc Pagani
May 05, 2015 - Established by French colonists in the early 1700s, New Orleans, Louisiana (NOLA), is still strongly influenced by European culture. This major port city is well known for its diverse and multilingual heritage. As the birthplace of jazz, NOLA is famous for its lively music, rich cuisine and many celebrations and festivals, all of which make it a great place to let the good times roll.
© Mike Davis
May 01, 2015 - The “Family. Life.” Project Engages a Global Student Audience
© Kristine Bosworth
April 08, 2015 - Last fall, an exclusive panel discussion with Nikon Ambassadors Dixie Dixon and Lucas Gilman and Nikon photographer Steve Simon had New York’s Jacob Javits Center abuzz with creative inspiration and business advice. These three diverse photographers shared candid opinions and expert guidance on what students need to know to jump-start their photo-industry career. After this free, Nikon-sponsored event, attendees gathered at the stage for one-on-one discussions with the speakers and networked over a catered reception while viewing a curated slideshow of the panelists’ favorite images. Those in attendance walked away fired up to put the combined advice into practice in their own growing careers.
Headshot © David Lindner
March 25, 2015 - Q: I photograph city dwellers from the windows of neighboring apartments. Many of these pictures are published on my Web site and have been exhibited in a photo gallery. A family pictured in my images saw this show and is threatening to sue me. What legal rights do I have to display and sell these prints?
© Kristina Varaksina
March 16, 2015 - Dos and Don’ts for Presenting at a Portfolio Walk
HEADSHOT © DAVID LINDNER
October 30, 2014 - Q: I collaborated with friends on some videos for a band on spec. The band just signed with an agent who wants to use our work to promote an upcoming tour. We shot these videos to build a reel for our own services and covered all expenses ourselves. We don’t have anything in writing with the band or their backers. How can we recoup our expenses, protect our content and not get burned on this project?”
© Erika Gatz
April 14, 2014 -
Learning by doing often trumps classroom study and bookish
pursuits as a worthy educational approach. Add top-notch instructors, an
inspiring setting, an open-ended schedule and easy access to materials
to the mix, and you have all the elements provided by the schools
featured here. What’s more, these laboratories of learning are readily
accessible to a wide range of pupils, from current students and recent
grads to career changers and avocational enthusiasts. In “Total
Immersion,” we investigate three distinctive communities in which to
study photography, new media, career training and/or craftsmanship—each
one offering students an intensity of purpose and incisive vision that
regular academic programs can lack.
© Trevor Muhler
April 04, 2014 -
Utah’s biggest city and state capital, Salt Lake City (SLC), is situated in a valley surrounded by mountains—making it an outdoor photographer’s paradise. It’s a mecca for outdoor sport enthusiasts as well, especially skiers. Founded in 1847 by Brigham Young, by the mid-1800s SLC was nicknamed
the Crossroads of the West,
due to its proximity to the first transcontinental railroad. In 1913,
SLC was traversed by the first transcontinental highway and, presently,
its locus as hub for the cross-country freeways I-15 and I-80, makes SLC
easily accessible to all.
© Ami Vitale
April 01, 2014 -
Last fall, an exclusive panel discussion with Nikon Ambassadors Ami
Vitale, Corey Rich and Jerry Ghionis had New York’s Jacob Javits Center
abuzz with creative inspiration and business advice. These three diverse
photographers shared candid opinions and expert guidance on How to Maintain a Solid Presence in a Shifting Field.
© Jason Francisco
March 25, 2014 -
There’s a clear message coming out of the nation’s capital on the issue
of higher education these days: It’s all about skills and jobs. In a
highly reported sound bite from President Obama’s speech before a
group of manufacturing industry workers, he commented, “Folks can make a
lot more potentially with skilled manufacturing or the trades than they
might with an art history degree.” Obama continued with the suggestion
that a four-year college education is less significant than “[getting]
the skills and the training that you need.”
What is the future of arts education for the next generation of budding creative talent? This article takes A Sneak Peek at the Obama administration's College Affordability Plan.
Headshot © David Lindner
March 12, 2014 -
Q: I'm an aspiring sports photographer and am currently interning for a
number of teams at my school. I'd like to start selling these images on
the Internet but someone told me I'd need to remove logos from my images
first. Why is that necessary? It seems like it would take a lot of
photo © Christina Katsolis
October 11, 2013 -
Museum Studies: Photography Programs with Associated Museums Generate Academic Enlightenment
© Andy Bloxham
March 22, 2013 -
Photography education is a rapidly evolving field, due in part to the
technological changes affecting the medium. Another factor in this
evolution is a changing of the guard among teachers. As older faculty
members retire or programs grow, yesterday’s graduate students are
moving into teaching positions, full of new ideas to advance the field
and inspire the next generation of students. While jobs in photo
education are not easy to come by and teaching is no simple task, many
photo students and recent graduates aspire to take on this role. For
insights about the path from student to teacher, we talked to three
photo educators who have already greatly affected the programs they
teach in, even at the start of their careers.
graph courtesy of Dr. Glenn Rand
March 07, 2013 -
Any number of anecdotes point to a sharp rise in the number of adjunct faculty currently teaching in photographic education. The 2012 Mac-on-Campus Photography Survey goes further and helps us understand the depth of this trend. While such data can tell us some things, practical examples can offer a clearer view to both advantages and limits of adjunct positions.
photo © Sebastien Secchi
May 01, 2012 -
Three photography programs staffed by dedicated educators who balance teaching with successful photography careers
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
— Benjamin Franklin
At a time when photo education is increasingly influenced by trends such as online learning and systems to economize time and minimize contact, stories about personal guidance by educators who combine teaching expertise with high level, practical knowledge and professional clout offer a breath of fresh air. For students seeking to navigate the rocky terrain from classroom learning to success in the real world, direct contact with instructors offering this level of perspective on the field can be an invaluable educational asset. Here, we investigate three photo programs in varied educational settings, each staffed by distinguished teachers who serve as positive role models to their students while simultaneously pursuing flourishing photography careers of their own.