The MassArt Photography Program teaches photography as fine art with an emphasis on personal vision, experimentation, and an understanding of the history of photography and the body of criticism that surrounds it. Students are introduced to a wide array of both film-based and digital tools; they become well-versed in the medium’s technical and aesthetic traditions while exploring contemporary directions through slide lectures and critiques. Our curriculum covers both analog and digital production and offers a wide variety of elective courses providing a strong foundation for critical thinking, collaboration, and a career in photographic arts.
A highly respected group of artists form the core faculty of the department, including Barbara Bosworth, Anna Collette, Matthew Connors, Laura McPhee, Abelardo Morell (emeritus), Matthew Monteith and Nicholas Nixon. Their efforts are augmented by a remarkable group of visiting professors. We are proud of our diverse and well-recognized faculty and staff, many of whom have received prestigious fellowships and publish and exhibit worldwide.
Our extraordinary Visiting Artist Lecture Series is an integral part of our curriculum and is open to the whole community. Recent visitors have included An-My Le, Walead Beshty, Dawoud Bey, Elinor Carucci, Charlotte Cotton, William Christenberry, Gregory Crewdson, Lois Conner, Philip-Lorca DiCorcia, Doug Dubois, Emmet Gowin, Judith Joy Ross, Luc Sante, Paul Shambroom, Stephen Shore, Jem Southam, and Penelope Umbrico.
Our 11,000 square-foot facilities include a three-studio digital facility with large format printers, Flextight scanners and 40 workstations. Our analog black & white developing and printing areas are central to our curriculum with two large gang darkrooms, individual darkrooms, and a non-silver darkroom. Of special note is the 20x24 Polaroid “Land Camera”, built by Edwin Land (1909-91), founder of Polaroid. Only seven of these cameras were ever made and MassArt’s is the only one not in commercial use or in a museum.
Our location in central Boston, just blocks away from world famous museums and galleries, invites students to attend exhibitions of contemporary and historical photography and to visit with artists, curators, and gallerists.
Barbara Bosworth, Professor
BS, Bowling Green State University
MFA, Rochester Institute of Technology
Matthew Connors, Professor
BA, University of Chicago
MFA, Yale University
BA, Vassar College
MFA, Massachusetts College of Art & Design
Laura Mcphee, Professor
BA, Princeton University
MFA, Rhode Island School of Design
Matthew Monteith, Assistant Profesor
MFA, Yale University
Nick Nixon, Professor
BA, University of Michigan
MFA, University of New Mexico