Pratt Institute’s MFA in Photography is a two-year (four-semester) terminal degree program. We welcome advanced applicants with interests in contemporary art practices – of all varieties – that rely heavily on the role of photographic imagery and imaging. This can include artists who use lens-based cameras; photosensitive materials and/or sensors; re-photography, aggregation, and quotation; and all approaches that fall under the umbrella of the photographic—including research and critical positions with relation to the histories and practices of photography, both still and moving.
Our pedagogy encompasses both lens- and print-based technologies alongside the history and context for the making of photographic images, objects, and installations in the 21st century. Fluency in the language and currency of images in our cultural and media landscapes is a core value of our program. In addition to courses in photographic and interdisciplinary practice, each student in the program works independently in their own studio and in shared production facilities.
Sara Greenberger Rafferty
Director of Graduate Studies in Photography
Chair of Photography
The 2020 Visiting Artist & Critic in Photography is Carissa Rodriguez.
Recent visitors have included Rhea Anastas, Yto Barrada, Lucas Blalock, Charlotte Cotton, Moyra Davey, Rineke Dijkstra, Nicole Eisenman, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Jason Fulford, Lucy Gallun, Michelle Handelman, Lyle Ashton Harris, Leslie Hewitt, Katherine Hubbard, Matt Keegan, David Kennedy-Cutler, Nina Könnemann, An-My Lê, Leigh Ledare, Zoe Leonard, Kalup Linzy, Richard Maxwell, Ben Morgan-Cleveland, Zanele Muholi, Rashaad Newsome, Catherine Opie, Trevor Paglen, Jeff Preiss, Eileen Quinlan, Kathy Ryan, Stephen Shore, Taryn Simon, Lorna Simpson, Guido Van Der Werve, Letha Wilson, and Bryan Zanisnik.
This year the MFA program initiated Teaching Photographs which includes: Fia Backström, Pradeep Dalal, Leslie Hewitt, Matt Keegan, Gelare Khoshgozaran, Anouk Kruithof, Julie Pochron, Josephine Pryde, Stephanie Syjuco, Sara VanDerBeek, and Carmen Winant. An archive of this ongoing project lives at teachingphotographs.info.
Core MFA Photography faculty currently include Program Director Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Allen Frame, and Ann Mandelbaum. Affiliated faculty include the Chair of the Photography Department Shannon Ebner, Farah Al Qasimi, Anna Collette, Jim Costanzo, K8 Hardy, Patrice Helmar, Aura Rosenberg, Carrie Schneider, Carla Shapiro, and Anna Shteynshleyger in addition to Fine Arts and Photography faculty teaching core and elective classes throughout the interdisciplinary program.