Photography Intensive

VIAR S4107D - 6 points
Visual Arts
Summer 2017
Thomas Roma, Yola Monakhov Stockton, Yoav Horesh

Session 1: May 22 to June 30, 2017 | MTWThF

For course schedule and location, please visit the School of Professional Studies summer site here.


The Photography Intensive engages students in all elements of photographic practice and the development of a portfolio. The experienced faculty are responsive to the specific needs of each photographer and the course is appropriate for students at any level. The curriculum is designed for students to quickly accelerate their understanding of the language of photography and to realize the creative possibilities in their own work. A combination of technical tutorials, individual meetings with internationally renowned artists and art professionals, as well as a series of seminars and group critiques, provide students with the tools they need to advance professionally and further develop the core elements of their practice. The Photography Intensive provides an exceptional workshop environment where students have 24-hour access to traditional and digital facilities, coupled with daily hands-on assistance from experienced faculty and staff, culminating in a group exhibition at the LeRoy Neiman Gallery. Students are expected to produce work independently throughout the six-week term and fully dedicate their time and efforts to the course.

The course is designed for several distinct types of students: exceptional undergraduates passionate about photography, college graduates preparing to apply for MFA programs, experienced photographers looking to gain knowledge of the photographic tradition and its advanced techniques, and seasoned artists and teachers wishing to rigorously develop their practice through a critical dialogue with faculty and other students.


This was an amazing program. I feel more prepared than ever to leave the classroom environment and create my own work!

Student, Advanced Photography Intensive, 2013

Features of the Course


  • Shared workspace on 115th Street and Broadway, New York City

  • Group Critique

  • Individual meetings with faculty and visiting artists

  • Lectures by internationally renowned photographers

  • Critical History of Photography Seminar

  • Visits to Museums, Galleries, and Artist Studios in New York City

  • Guided photographic trips

  • Technical tutorials covering traditional darkroom printing and contemporary digital practice

  • Portfolio editing and writing workshops

  • Career development and professional practice workshops


Facilities and Equipment Access


  • Full, 24-hour, access to the School of the Arts Photography Facilities

  • Studio Classroom with lockers for storage of equipment and supplies

  • Digital Lab

    • Imacon and Epson Scanners

    • Epson 9000 Series Inkjet Printer (all inks provided)

  • Black and White Darkrooms

    • 35mm, Medium Format and 4x5 Enlargers

    • Film and Print Processing Areas



Course Elements




At the beginning of the course, each student share a slide presentation of their work with students and faculty



Individual Meetings


Students are scheduled to meet with each member of the faculty every week. For additional perspective, students also meet with artists and other professionals who visit the course during weekly visits.



Visiting Artist Lectures


Beginning in the second week, a prominent photographer lectures about their work. Lectures are followed with a meeting with each student in the course. Visiting artists include Eileen Quinlan, Elinor Carucci, Jeffrey Henson Scales, Vince Aletti, and Gary Schneider. More about Visiting Artists⇒



Technical Tutorials


The first five weeks feature technical tutorials on advanced black and white darkroom production, lighting, and color-managed digital workflow from high-resolution scan to exhibition quality inkjet print.



Group Critique


Each student presents their work to faculty and other students during a day-long series of group critiques.  Faculty lead the discussions and the critiques take place in the first three weeks of the term.



Critical History of Photography Seminar


Students read and discuss key issues in contemporary photography and the history of the medium. New readings are provided each week.



New York City, Art, and Photography


Staff lead visits to museums, galleries and studios around New York. In addition, trips are arranged to facilitate photographing in the city.  Often, these visits and trips tie in directly to topics discussed in the Critical History of Photography Seminar.



Final Review and Exhibition


The course concludes with an exhibition at the LeRoy Neiman Gallery at Columbia University. The faculty conduct a final analysis of work completed in the course and have a discussion with the students in the gallery.

I enrolled hoping to learn how to think like an artist and understand the history of photography (in 6 weeks!) and I got that.

Student, Advanced Photography Intensive, 2013

Visiting Artists


Born 1971 in Jerusalem, Israel, Elinor Carucci graduated in 1995 from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design with a degree in photography, and moved to New York that same year.  In a relatively short amount of time, her work has been included in an impressive amount of solo and group exhibitions worldwide, solo shows include Edwynn Houk gallery, Fifty One Fine Art Gallery, James Hyman and Gagosian Gallery, London among others and group show include The Museum of Modern Art New York and The Photographers' Gallery, London.



Eileen Quinlan is an internationally known artist exploring the material boundaries of the photographic process and its personal and conceptual implications. Quinlan received her BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in 1996 and her M.F.A. from Columbia University in 2005. Recent notable exhibitions include "What is a Photograph?” at the International Center of Photography, New York, “New Photography”, 2103, Museum of Modern Art, New York, "My Eyes Can Only Look at You ", The Institute of Contemporary Art(ICA), Boston, MA, and "After Hours," March 18 - April 18, 2015, Campoli Presti, London. Eileen Quinlan lives and works in New York.



Born in East London, South Africa, Gary Schneider lives and works in New York. He has a BFA from Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town, South Africa and an MFA from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York. He is a Professor at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, New Jersey.

Schneider’s solo exhibitions include: Artists Space, New York City; The Musee de L’Elysee Lausanne, Switzerland; The International Center of Photography, New York City; The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu; The Sackler Museum, Boston; The Museum of Photographic Art in San Diego; and The Reykjavík Art Museum, Hafnarhús, Iceland.

He has received awards and grants, including: An Eisenstaedt Award from Life Magazine and Columbia School of Journalism;  a National Endowment for the Arts grant; the Lou Stoumen Award; and a  Guggenheim Fellowship.

Some public collections that include his work are: The National Gallery of Canada; The Art Institute of Chicago; The Whitney Museum; Yale University Art Museum; The Guggenheim Museum; Harvard Art Museums; and The Museum of Fine Arts Boston.



Vince Aletti reviews photography exhibitions for The New Yorker’s 'Goings on About Town' section and photo books for Photograph magazine. Formerly the photography critic and art editor at the Village Voice, he received ICP’s Infinity Award in writing in 2005 and was a curator at that museum for 2009’s “Year of Fashion,” including “Avedon Fashion 1944-2004."


Jeffrey Henson Scales spent more than 40 years as a freelance documentary and commercial photographer – those documentary photographs have been exhibited at museums throughout the United States and Europe. His photographs have appeared in numerous photography magazines, books and anthologies, as well as in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, The George Eastman House and The Baltimore Museum of Art. A one-person exhibition, "Pictures From America by Jeffrey Henson Scales," sponsored  by The Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York, traveled throughout the United States from 1996 to 2001.


Currently: Since 1998, Jeffrey Henson Scales has been a photography editor at The New York Times. Currently there he is the photography editor of The Sunday Review, and The Book Review. He is also co-editor of the annual, Year In Pictures section for both print and online editions. He curates The New York Times Sunday Review photography column, “Exposures.”

The Advanced Photography Intensive was fantastic. It's the ideal way for a mature student and a photographer in any level to intensively workshop their photography. One of the selling points of the course is that you make your own program out of it—you can focus on whatever you want.

Student, Advanced Photography Intensive, 2013