At RISD we approach photography as an ever-changing set of technical, conceptual and aesthetic conditions that exist within a broad social and cultural context. Here you make, present and interpret photographic images, learning how to use cultural signifiers, symbols and metaphors in the content and structure of image making.
In the studio
After learning the fundamentals of film processing and darkroom printing, students move on to experiment with digital capture, high-end printing at medium and large scales, video, installation work and other approaches of their choice.
Photography alumni pursue a wide range of options after graduation, with some going on to specialize in commercial or editorial photography and/or video, while others teach, run their own businesses, make and exhibit fine art photography or do a combination of commercial and fine art work. Most become lifelong image-makers adept at expressing a unique way of seeing the world.
Documentary photographer John Willis leads a fall studio built on trust, respect and the importance of community.
The exhibition celebrates the work of Photography juniors, seniors and graduate students whose practices focus on capturing the intangible, placemaking and more.
SEI Teaching and Research Fellow Zoé Samudzi explores images of violence and death and how humanitarian photography may or may not influence the viewer’s behavior.