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Photography today is an interdisciplinary, experimental and research-based discipline. Students working with us will make image-based work in a challenging and supportive environment, expanding and developing their ideas as working and thinking artists.
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Type
Graduate, MFA
Start Term
Fall Only
Credits
60
Duration
2 years
Courses
Plan of Study
School and Department
School of Art,
Photography
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Photography at Pratt

At Pratt, photography is a medium that inspires critical thinking. You will explore the photographic medium at the intersections of language, philosophy and critical theory within the various disciplines that comprise contemporary art. As a student, you’ll examine the medium in its varied forms and think critically about its impact on our society and culture. Faculty will help you as you realize your artistic goals, develop your singular voice, and engage with photography as a cultural discourse.

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The Experience

The Photography MFA curriculum encourages material exploration, the unlearning of images, and a curiosity about how the work we make relates to our cultural conditions. We welcome artists 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 realm of the photographic—including research and critical positions with relation to the histories and practices of photography, both still and moving.

Guest Artists

The Pratt Photography Talk Series and Visiting Artists Lecture Series provide robust opportunities each year for talks and individual studio visits with visiting relevant artists, critics, curators, and writers. Each spring, the MFA in Photography hosts a distinguished artist as a visiting critic.

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Making and Learning

Our studio, lab, equipment, and shop resources are situated within the contemporary art context of Brooklyn and wider NYC, where our community of students and faculty engage in a rich learning and art-making environment.

Studios and Facilities

Photography and Fine Arts graduate students have individual studios near the main Brooklyn campus in a renovated factory. In addition, they have use of dedicated fabrication shops, temporary exhibition spaces, seminar rooms, and a student lounge. The Photography Department, on the main Brooklyn campus, offers a full range of state-of-the-art facilities in support of the MFA in Photography. Learn more about our photography facilities.

Learning Resources

You’ll be immersed in a cohesive community and enmeshed in the city that surrounds us. Small class sizes, close faculty mentorship, and learning resources provide the support you’ll need to take full advantage of all that New York City has to offer.

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Our Faculty

Core MFA Photography faculty currently include Program Director Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Carlos Jimenez Cahua, and Allen Frame. Affiliated faculty include the Chair of the Photography Department Shannon Ebner, Shirley Bruno, Anna Collette, Milagros de la Torre, Nick Relph, Carla Shapiro, and Sara VanDerBeek in addition to Fine Arts faculty teaching core and elective classes throughout the interdisciplinary program. See all Photography faculty and administrators.

Shirley Bruno

Visiting Assistant Professor

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Anna Collette

Project Manager, Aquasteady; Visiting Associate Professor

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Shannon Ebner

Chairperson of Photography

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Allen Frame

Adjunct Professor – CCE

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Sara Rafferty

Professor – Photography

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Nick Relph

Adjunct Assistant Professor; K-12 Center Instructor

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Carissa Rodriguez

Visiting Assistant Professor

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Carla Shapiro

Adjunct Associate Professor – CCE

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Milagros de la Torre

Visiting Assistant Professor

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Sara VanDerBeek

Visiting Associate Professor

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“You’ll be amongst the most intelligent, responsive, caring, and engaged faculty possible. You’ll have access to excellent facilities, and the opportunity to take classes that push you outside of your comfort zone, while still honing your specific processes and craft.”

Nic Anselmo (he/him), MFA Photography ’23

Our Alumni

As a new MFA program, our alumni are a small group of tight-knit artists. Most alumni stay in and around Brooklyn, entering a community of artists and thinkers that engage in contemporary discourse and practices.

“My practice is centered around unanswerable questions. How are our identities formed through visual culture? What do collective cultural traumas and experiences feel like inside other people’s bodies? Alongside obsessive research, I employ strategies of the archive, the re-make, and impersonation, to create images and videos that collapse history with the present and offer possible answers, if only for a fleeting moment.”

Baillie Vensel, MFA Photography ’23

“If you come to Pratt, you will know how amazing this big family is. They teach me technical details, we always criticize each other enthusiastically, I can feel the vitality and rich knowledge of each person. I learn a lot from them.”

Shengqi Ming (he/him), MFA Photography ’23

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  • There are TWO more days to catch this week’s MFA Thesis Exhibition, “strangers are friends I haven’t met yet” by Rachel Handlin.

Come by the Pratt Photography Gallery, open from 11am-5pm today and tomorrow, to see the show!✨

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @handlinrachel
  • Congratulations to the recipients of this year’s Photography Departmental and Convocation awards!

Pictured here: BFA graduates Kevin Gutoskey, Lana Ho, and Conan Darrah, and MFA graduates Erin O’Flynn, Rachel Handlin, and Chloe Scout Nix. (Not pictured: Lida Ramsay and Jiahong Wang) 📷✨🎓👏

@prattinstitute @soartpratt
  • Our MFA Thesis Exhibitions begin today! The first week showcases the work of Rachel Handlin.

Please join us in the Pratt Photography Gallery tonight, from 5-8PM for the opening, and from 11AM-5PM the rest of the week.

Congratulations Rachel! ✨📷🎓

@handlinrachel @prattinstitute @soartpratt
  • Come and see “Life and Debt”, this year’s Senior Thesis Group Show—a wonderful culmination of the work made by this year’s class!
 
The show will be on view in the Pratt Photography Gallery through this Friday. The gallery is open from 11:00am-5:00pm, and we hope to see you there! 👏🎓📷✨

@prattinstitute @soartpratt
  • Happy Eclipse day! Here is Professor @shteynshleyger looking up! 🌞🌝🌚
  • Stop by the Pratt Photography Gallery tonight at 5pm for the opening of the Senior Group Show titled: Life and Debt. The exhibition will be on view until Friday 4/12! Congrats to the class of 2024!🎓📸🎞️
  • We hope all our Admitted Students enjoyed their day on campus and visiting the department. Here is our student tour guides! @hayden.brooks @albertsonsstirfrydeenr @mtorcellophotos @kula_films @nnick.silvaa @soartpratt @prattinstitute @prattadmissions
  • Welcome to all the Students and Parents visiting us today for Admitted Students Day! @soartpratt @prattinstitute @prattadmissions
  • There are TWO more days to catch this week’s round of Senior Thesis Exhibitions. Come by the Pratt Photography Gallery, open from 11am-5pm today and tomorrow, to see the work of Lida Ramsay and Kevin Gutoskey.✨

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @lidaramsay @kevingutoskey
There are TWO more days to catch this week’s MFA Thesis Exhibition, “strangers are friends I haven’t met yet” by Rachel Handlin.

Come by the Pratt Photography Gallery, open from 11am-5pm today and tomorrow, to see the show!✨

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @handlinrachel
There are TWO more days to catch this week’s MFA Thesis Exhibition, “strangers are friends I haven’t met yet” by Rachel Handlin.

Come by the Pratt Photography Gallery, open from 11am-5pm today and tomorrow, to see the show!✨

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @handlinrachel
There are TWO more days to catch this week’s MFA Thesis Exhibition, “strangers are friends I haven’t met yet” by Rachel Handlin.

Come by the Pratt Photography Gallery, open from 11am-5pm today and tomorrow, to see the show!✨

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @handlinrachel
There are TWO more days to catch this week’s MFA Thesis Exhibition, “strangers are friends I haven’t met yet” by Rachel Handlin.

Come by the Pratt Photography Gallery, open from 11am-5pm today and tomorrow, to see the show!✨

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @handlinrachel
There are TWO more days to catch this week’s MFA Thesis Exhibition, “strangers are friends I haven’t met yet” by Rachel Handlin.

Come by the Pratt Photography Gallery, open from 11am-5pm today and tomorrow, to see the show!✨

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @handlinrachel
There are TWO more days to catch this week’s MFA Thesis Exhibition, “strangers are friends I haven’t met yet” by Rachel Handlin.

Come by the Pratt Photography Gallery, open from 11am-5pm today and tomorrow, to see the show!✨

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @handlinrachel
There are TWO more days to catch this week’s MFA Thesis Exhibition, “strangers are friends I haven’t met yet” by Rachel Handlin.

Come by the Pratt Photography Gallery, open from 11am-5pm today and tomorrow, to see the show!✨

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @handlinrachel
There are TWO more days to catch this week’s MFA Thesis Exhibition, “strangers are friends I haven’t met yet” by Rachel Handlin.

Come by the Pratt Photography Gallery, open from 11am-5pm today and tomorrow, to see the show!✨

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @handlinrachel
There are TWO more days to catch this week’s MFA Thesis Exhibition, “strangers are friends I haven’t met yet” by Rachel Handlin.

Come by the Pratt Photography Gallery, open from 11am-5pm today and tomorrow, to see the show!✨

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @handlinrachel
There are TWO more days to catch this week’s MFA Thesis Exhibition, “strangers are friends I haven’t met yet” by Rachel Handlin.

Come by the Pratt Photography Gallery, open from 11am-5pm today and tomorrow, to see the show!✨

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @handlinrachel
There are TWO more days to catch this week’s MFA Thesis Exhibition, “strangers are friends I haven’t met yet” by Rachel Handlin. Come by the Pratt Photography Gallery, open from 11am-5pm today and tomorrow, to see the show!✨ @prattinstitute @soartpratt @handlinrachel
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Congratulations to the recipients of this year’s Photography Departmental and Convocation awards!

Pictured here: BFA graduates Kevin Gutoskey, Lana Ho, and Conan Darrah, and MFA graduates Erin O’Flynn, Rachel Handlin, and Chloe Scout Nix. (Not pictured: Lida Ramsay and Jiahong Wang) 📷✨🎓👏

@prattinstitute @soartpratt
Congratulations to the recipients of this year’s Photography Departmental and Convocation awards!

Pictured here: BFA graduates Kevin Gutoskey, Lana Ho, and Conan Darrah, and MFA graduates Erin O’Flynn, Rachel Handlin, and Chloe Scout Nix. (Not pictured: Lida Ramsay and Jiahong Wang) 📷✨🎓👏

@prattinstitute @soartpratt
Congratulations to the recipients of this year’s Photography Departmental and Convocation awards! Pictured here: BFA graduates Kevin Gutoskey, Lana Ho, and Conan Darrah, and MFA graduates Erin O’Flynn, Rachel Handlin, and Chloe Scout Nix. (Not pictured: Lida Ramsay and Jiahong Wang) 📷✨🎓👏 @prattinstitute @soartpratt
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Our MFA Thesis Exhibitions begin today! The first week showcases the work of Rachel Handlin.

Please join us in the Pratt Photography Gallery tonight, from 5-8PM for the opening, and from 11AM-5PM the rest of the week.

Congratulations Rachel! ✨📷🎓

@handlinrachel @prattinstitute @soartpratt
Our MFA Thesis Exhibitions begin today! The first week showcases the work of Rachel Handlin. Please join us in the Pratt Photography Gallery tonight, from 5-8PM for the opening, and from 11AM-5PM the rest of the week. Congratulations Rachel! ✨📷🎓 @handlinrachel @prattinstitute @soartpratt
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Come and see “Life and Debt”, this year’s Senior Thesis Group Show—a wonderful culmination of the work made by this year’s class!
 
The show will be on view in the Pratt Photography Gallery through this Friday. The gallery is open from 11:00am-5:00pm, and we hope to see you there! 👏🎓📷✨

@prattinstitute @soartpratt
Come and see “Life and Debt”, this year’s Senior Thesis Group Show—a wonderful culmination of the work made by this year’s class!
 
The show will be on view in the Pratt Photography Gallery through this Friday. The gallery is open from 11:00am-5:00pm, and we hope to see you there! 👏🎓📷✨

@prattinstitute @soartpratt
Come and see “Life and Debt”, this year’s Senior Thesis Group Show—a wonderful culmination of the work made by this year’s class!
 
The show will be on view in the Pratt Photography Gallery through this Friday. The gallery is open from 11:00am-5:00pm, and we hope to see you there! 👏🎓📷✨

@prattinstitute @soartpratt
Come and see “Life and Debt”, this year’s Senior Thesis Group Show—a wonderful culmination of the work made by this year’s class!
 
The show will be on view in the Pratt Photography Gallery through this Friday. The gallery is open from 11:00am-5:00pm, and we hope to see you there! 👏🎓📷✨

@prattinstitute @soartpratt
Come and see “Life and Debt”, this year’s Senior Thesis Group Show—a wonderful culmination of the work made by this year’s class!
 
The show will be on view in the Pratt Photography Gallery through this Friday. The gallery is open from 11:00am-5:00pm, and we hope to see you there! 👏🎓📷✨

@prattinstitute @soartpratt
Come and see “Life and Debt”, this year’s Senior Thesis Group Show—a wonderful culmination of the work made by this year’s class!
 
The show will be on view in the Pratt Photography Gallery through this Friday. The gallery is open from 11:00am-5:00pm, and we hope to see you there! 👏🎓📷✨

@prattinstitute @soartpratt
Come and see “Life and Debt”, this year’s Senior Thesis Group Show—a wonderful culmination of the work made by this year’s class!
 
The show will be on view in the Pratt Photography Gallery through this Friday. The gallery is open from 11:00am-5:00pm, and we hope to see you there! 👏🎓📷✨

@prattinstitute @soartpratt
Come and see “Life and Debt”, this year’s Senior Thesis Group Show—a wonderful culmination of the work made by this year’s class!
 
The show will be on view in the Pratt Photography Gallery through this Friday. The gallery is open from 11:00am-5:00pm, and we hope to see you there! 👏🎓📷✨

@prattinstitute @soartpratt
Come and see “Life and Debt”, this year’s Senior Thesis Group Show—a wonderful culmination of the work made by this year’s class!
 
The show will be on view in the Pratt Photography Gallery through this Friday. The gallery is open from 11:00am-5:00pm, and we hope to see you there! 👏🎓📷✨

@prattinstitute @soartpratt
Come and see “Life and Debt”, this year’s Senior Thesis Group Show—a wonderful culmination of the work made by this year’s class! The show will be on view in the Pratt Photography Gallery through this Friday. The gallery is open from 11:00am-5:00pm, and we hope to see you there! 👏🎓📷✨ @prattinstitute @soartpratt
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Happy Eclipse day! Here is Professor @shteynshleyger looking up! 🌞🌝🌚
Happy Eclipse day! Here is Professor @shteynshleyger looking up! 🌞🌝🌚
Happy Eclipse day! Here is Professor @shteynshleyger looking up! 🌞🌝🌚
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Stop by the Pratt Photography Gallery tonight at 5pm for the opening of the Senior Group Show titled: Life and Debt. The exhibition will be on view until Friday 4/12! Congrats to the class of 2024!🎓📸🎞️
Stop by the Pratt Photography Gallery tonight at 5pm for the opening of the Senior Group Show titled: Life and Debt. The exhibition will be on view until Friday 4/12! Congrats to the class of 2024!🎓📸🎞️
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We hope all our Admitted Students enjoyed their day on campus and visiting the department. Here is our student tour guides! @hayden.brooks @albertsonsstirfrydeenr @mtorcellophotos @kula_films @nnick.silvaa @soartpratt @prattinstitute @prattadmissions
We hope all our Admitted Students enjoyed their day on campus and visiting the department. Here is our student tour guides! @hayden.brooks @albertsonsstirfrydeenr @mtorcellophotos @kula_films @nnick.silvaa @soartpratt @prattinstitute @prattadmissions
We hope all our Admitted Students enjoyed their day on campus and visiting the department. Here is our student tour guides! @hayden.brooks @albertsonsstirfrydeenr @mtorcellophotos @kula_films @nnick.silvaa @soartpratt @prattinstitute @prattadmissions
We hope all our Admitted Students enjoyed their day on campus and visiting the department. Here is our student tour guides! @hayden.brooks @albertsonsstirfrydeenr @mtorcellophotos @kula_films @nnick.silvaa @soartpratt @prattinstitute @prattadmissions
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Welcome to all the Students and Parents visiting us today for Admitted Students Day! @soartpratt @prattinstitute @prattadmissions
Welcome to all the Students and Parents visiting us today for Admitted Students Day! @soartpratt @prattinstitute @prattadmissions
Welcome to all the Students and Parents visiting us today for Admitted Students Day! @soartpratt @prattinstitute @prattadmissions
Welcome to all the Students and Parents visiting us today for Admitted Students Day! @soartpratt @prattinstitute @prattadmissions
Welcome to all the Students and Parents visiting us today for Admitted Students Day! @soartpratt @prattinstitute @prattadmissions
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There are TWO more days to catch this week’s round of Senior Thesis Exhibitions. Come by the Pratt Photography Gallery, open from 11am-5pm today and tomorrow, to see the work of Lida Ramsay and Kevin Gutoskey.✨

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @lidaramsay @kevingutoskey
There are TWO more days to catch this week’s round of Senior Thesis Exhibitions. Come by the Pratt Photography Gallery, open from 11am-5pm today and tomorrow, to see the work of Lida Ramsay and Kevin Gutoskey.✨

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @lidaramsay @kevingutoskey
There are TWO more days to catch this week’s round of Senior Thesis Exhibitions. Come by the Pratt Photography Gallery, open from 11am-5pm today and tomorrow, to see the work of Lida Ramsay and Kevin Gutoskey.✨

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @lidaramsay @kevingutoskey
There are TWO more days to catch this week’s round of Senior Thesis Exhibitions. Come by the Pratt Photography Gallery, open from 11am-5pm today and tomorrow, to see the work of Lida Ramsay and Kevin Gutoskey.✨

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @lidaramsay @kevingutoskey
There are TWO more days to catch this week’s round of Senior Thesis Exhibitions. Come by the Pratt Photography Gallery, open from 11am-5pm today and tomorrow, to see the work of Lida Ramsay and Kevin Gutoskey.✨

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @lidaramsay @kevingutoskey
There are TWO more days to catch this week’s round of Senior Thesis Exhibitions. Come by the Pratt Photography Gallery, open from 11am-5pm today and tomorrow, to see the work of Lida Ramsay and Kevin Gutoskey.✨

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @lidaramsay @kevingutoskey
There are TWO more days to catch this week’s round of Senior Thesis Exhibitions. Come by the Pratt Photography Gallery, open from 11am-5pm today and tomorrow, to see the work of Lida Ramsay and Kevin Gutoskey.✨

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @lidaramsay @kevingutoskey
There are TWO more days to catch this week’s round of Senior Thesis Exhibitions. Come by the Pratt Photography Gallery, open from 11am-5pm today and tomorrow, to see the work of Lida Ramsay and Kevin Gutoskey.✨

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @lidaramsay @kevingutoskey
There are TWO more days to catch this week’s round of Senior Thesis Exhibitions. Come by the Pratt Photography Gallery, open from 11am-5pm today and tomorrow, to see the work of Lida Ramsay and Kevin Gutoskey.✨ @prattinstitute @soartpratt @lidaramsay @kevingutoskey
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