Colton Clifford, 2018
Colton Clifford, 2018
Jova Lynne, 2018
Jova Lynne, 2018
Sheida Soleimani, 2015
Sheida Soleimani, 2015

Photography

Department Philosophy

The Photography department is a space of critical discussion and thinking through image making.

Department Philosophy

The Photography department is a space of critical discussion and thinking through image making.

Photography posed the question when it was invented, where is the real in this image? It imitated reality, but forever disrupted it. For this reason any art made with or in relationship to the lens has to take into account the social and political space it helps produce.

In this department we expand our understanding of photography to encompass technologies of image-making as media: still, moving, animated, digital, analog, and everything in between.

We are surrounded by images, we all know this very well, but what is their effect?

Department Philosophy

Ricky Weaver, 2018

Department Philosophy

Department Philosophy

Images have their own ontology

They are constantly being mediated through photographs, billboards, cell phones, your own reflection in the water. As images are increasingly created digitally, they care less and less for what they imitate or represent. With the invention of photography, an image could be produced without a pencil or paint – the human was suddenly not needed as much. The first image inaugurated the post-human.

Department Philosophy

We are produced in relation to images

Department Philosophy

We are produced in relation to images

Their language constructs the very categories of nationality, race, gender, age, and class, determining how we are identified. They have violent consequences when perceptions and judgments are clouded by effects like police brutality and climate change denial. Images are not real, however, reality is quite literally a set of images that, like geological plates, continuously melt and crack.

Program

Megan Kelley, 2017

Program

Program

In this department we expand what photography is to images in the form of the moving image, digitally generated images, lens-based technologies, and media technologies in general. Critical discussions in seminars, group critique and studio visits will help us to make work that engages our contemporary condition in relation to the ever-expanding remit of images. The department encourages consideration of how form and content work together to create meaning; as Marshall McLuhan famously said, the medium is the message.

The MFA is approximately 15 students who work closely with their Artist-in-Residence to radically shift and revolutionize their art practices. Regular visiting artists and scholars are carefully selected to expand the conversations within the department, offering multiple vantage points and networks from which to assess contemporary artistic practice. This focus on criticality, discourse, and speculation aims to foster rigorous artists who constantly challenge the media of their own productions, and therefore, the world these help create.

A Portrait of the Post-Human?

This fall, the Photography Department hosted the symposium A Portrait of the Post-Human? Hosted by Photography Artist-in-Residence Danielle Dean, the symposium featured speakers Aria Dean, Amanda Beech, Steven Shaviro and Michael Stone-Richards, who all looked to tackle humanity’s entanglements between the visual and political. Watch the full symposium here.

M. Pofahl, 2018

Facilities

Each MFA candidate is awarded a studio space. Cranbrook Photography houses both a digital lab and traditional darkrooms. The digital lab workspace includes iMacs equipped with the latest version of the Adobe Creative Suite, an Epson 10000XL flatbed scanner for opaque and transparent media, and an Epson P20000 large-format printer running Caldera RIP software. The Photography department offers students the use of a Mamiya Leaf Credo digital medium format camera with 80 megapixels for both studio and field work. The lighting studio is fully equipped with Profoto strobes with various sized light modifiers, stands, and backdrops. The Central Media Lab houses a studio with infinity walls, and provides additional digital cameras, lights, and sound equipment for check out.​

Student Work

Student Work
Anna Young, 2018
Student Work
Vincent Marcinelli, 2018
Student Work
Sonia Litynskyj, 2018
Student Work
Jarvi Kononen, 2018
Student Work
Chanel Von Habsberg-Lothringen, 2014
Student Work
Bernadette Mueller, 2015
Student Work
Ryan Debolski, 2014
Student Work
Brian Carpenter, 2012
Student Work
Trisha Holt, 2012
Student Work
Brittany Nelson, 2011
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The department encourages consideration of how form and content work together to create meaning.