The photography program at UTSA has recently undergone an update in curriculum offerings and is currently in the process of upgrading equipment and facilities. Coursework exposes students to traditional and contemporary techniques and processes such as; non-silver emulsions, the zone system, gelatin silver printing, color through digital darkroom, studio lighting and advanced printing & toning.

The new curriculum encourages students to explore their personal interests through assignments that require engagement with techniques and processes. Contemporary photographic practice is experienced through exploration of collaboration, intervention, installation, and incorporation of photographic image with other media. In addition to access in the main digital lab, the photo area has two dedicated digital stations with 27” iMac computers and Epson flatbed negative scanners calibrated for printing in the Visual Resource Center.  Our digital printing facility features Epson printers that allow students to print up to 44” wide on a variety of substrates.  Students also have the option to check-out available equipment including medium format cameras, 4×5 and 8×10 large format cameras, analog and digital 35mm cameras with various lenses and filters, tungsten and strobe lighting kits with light modification systems and battery units for location shooting, tripods and other helpful tools.

Students also are invited to work with contemporary photographers who visit the San Antonio area to exhibit or present their artwork.  During the 2009-2010 school year, Thomas Neff gave a lecture on his photographs of Post-Katrina New Orleans, Joy Gates gave a gum dichromate demonstration, Ruth Adams, Pinky Bass and Lupita Murillo Tinnen gave a panel presentation on the issue of women’s health in their artwork as part of the women’s history month presentations, Lupita and Pinky also worked on a photo intervention project with UTSA students, and Jay Gould was the premiere artist invited for a week long mini-residency where he worked with advanced photo students on a shooting expedition.

Students may participate in exhibitions and events as part of Exposure, the student run Photography Club.

In September 2011, UTSA will host the South Central Regional Conference for the Society of Photographic Education, which will bring regional photography students, artists, and educators to San Antonio during Fotoseptiembre. The conference will offer artist lectures, panel presentations, exhibitions, and portfolio reviews.

Image: Julie Ledet-Fremin, Graduate Student in Photography

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