As photography majors, students develop art skills and learn to
express themselves visually through the development of images.
Throughout their study, students acquire valuable problem solving
skill which enable them to pursue further study in art as well as
enter the work force in many different capacities. Some students
pursue careers in the commercial world, working in photography
studios, while others move on to earn graduate degrees after their BFA
experience in photography.
The photography area offers students the opportunity to discover a way of seeing that serves them in their search for personal vision and its expression regardless of studio or academic discipline. Both figuratively and literally students are taught to observe the world more closely, appreciate it’s nuances, ironies, and contradictions and provide–– through their photography–– an analysis of what they see and understand. Students are introduced to the variety of tools and equipment that allow them a sound mastery and a clear viewpoint from which to make informed and passionate choices. They discover that the camera can be as simple and as complicated a tool for invention while becoming aware and informed of the medium’s rich technical and aesthetic traditions. In the field of contemporary photography materials and practices have broadened to include not only profound historical and traditional practices, but highly sophisticated digital technologies as well. Guiding students through this multifarious world with a strong conviction in ones ideas and command of expressive tools is a goal placed highly above most others.
Our curriculum emphasizes proficiency in analog and digital production. Beginning at the introductory level, students learn 35 mm film cameras and darkroom printing fundamentals alongside photographic history, engaging in and developing critical thinking towards the work of their peers and their own in regular critiques. As students continue onto the intermediate and then the advanced levels, they are offered a selection of courses to further as well as deepen their technical skills as they also begin to broaden their awareness of contemporary practice and trends. Students explore color film and digital output, medium and large format film cameras, alternative cameras and processes and, through this broad base, find their way to subject and the means by which that subject is best expressed. Weekly discussions, technical demonstrations, critiques, lectures, and field trips challenge and support students’ ongoing research that culminates in the production of a body of work for their capstone, the BFA Senior Thesis Exhibition. Students are encouraged to take classes within the broad 2D curriculum, the School of Art and the College of Arts and Sciences to enrich their experience and engage in an interdisciplinary approach to their work.
The photography facility is comprised of a spacious enlarging room supporting 15 Saunders LPL D6700 Dichroic color enlargers and 6 Saunders 4550 LPL Dichroic enlargers for printing color and black-and-white 35mm , 120mm and 4x5 negatives.A circular light safe door facilitates its access from the main area where washing and finishing prints, film processing and general discussions take place.
The photography program supports a modest studio equipped with electronic strobes, incandescent lights, soft boxes, backdrops, and a camera stand that students may access after classes and on weekends with the permission of an instructor. Students are expected to acquire their own 35 mm film camera for the introductory Black and white class and which will support them as they make progress through the program. We supply Mamiya 645 s and Calumet 4x5 cameras for our large format and advanced level students.
Our program and facilities are dedicated to evolving into contemporary practice. A 15- station computer lab designed to the specifications required of photography students supports two film scanners, an Epson 9900 large format printer capable of printing 44" inches wide, and two 17" wide printers. This technology serves students regardless of their proficiency or preference for film or digital capture, and demonstrates our commitment to evolving technology and standards within the photographic medium.
A general classroom, shared with the Printmaking area, is used as a lecture room, studio lighting space clean workroom, and critique area.
The '2-D Artist's Association (2DAA) has been recently organized to advance the study and promotion of two-dimensional artist and their work. Field trips, visiting artists, workshops and common cause issues are all part of the agenda. All students in drawing, painting and print are encouraged to participate.
Toledo Friends of Photography is a dedicated group of art photographers and professionals who are committed to promoting fine art photography in the northern Ohio region. Students have the opportunity to become involved and possibly become members of the Society for Photographic Education. This organization sponsors annual conferences at the national level.
Midwest Society for Photographic Education is a regional organization that students may choose to get involve with.
BGSU Photography 2014
Position: Adjunct Instructor, Photography, First Year Program
Address: 1108 FAC
As photography majors, students develop art skills and learn to express themselves visually through the development of images. Throughout their study, students acquire valuable problem solving skill that enable them to pursue further study in art as well as enter the work force in many different capacities. Some students pursue careers in the commercial world, working in photography studios, while others move on to earn graduate degrees after their BFA experience in photography.