Skip to content
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.
A photography student's cluttered studio, with images of the student and by the student, furniture, and multi media
Type
Graduate, MFA
Start Term
Fall Only
Credits
60
Duration
2 years
Courses
Plan of Study
School and Department
School of Art,
Photography
Index of images of Michelangelo's David in the Academia in Florence.

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.

Learn More

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.

Learn More

a photography student's work table with images, books, and creative tools

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.

Learn More

a student's tumultuous work studio with images on the wall and scraps on the floor

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

Person

Anna Collette

Project Manager, Aquasteady; Visiting Associate Professor

Person

Shannon Ebner

Chairperson of Photography

Person

Allen Frame

Adjunct Professor – CCE

Person

Sara Rafferty

Professor – Photography

Person

Nick Relph

Adjunct Assistant Professor; K-12 Center Instructor

Person

Carissa Rodriguez

Visiting Assistant Professor

Person

Carla Shapiro

Adjunct Associate Professor – CCE

Person

Milagros de la Torre

Visiting Assistant Professor

Person

Sara VanDerBeek

Visiting Associate Professor

Person

“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

Ready for More?

HERE’S HOW TO APPLYOUR CAMPUS & BEYOND
Join us at Pratt. Learn more about admissions requirements, plan your visit, talk to a counselor, and start your application. Apply here.You’ll find yourself at home at Pratt. Learn more about our student organizations, athletics, gallery exhibitions, events, the amazing City of New York, and our Brooklyn neighborhood communities. More info here.

Join us for events, follow us online, and learn more about Pratt’s impact in the world.

@prattphotography
Pratt Photography

@prattphotography

  • Stop by the Pratt Photography Gallery to catch this week’s Senior Thesis Exhibitions. We’re open 11am-5pm today and tomorrow, showing the work of Hope Nichols, Jaelyn Rotkovich, and Zara Stephens. ✨

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @hope_nichols @jaelyn_photography @zarawr.114
  • The next round of BFA Senior Thesis Exhibitions opens today! It features the work of Hope Nichols, Jaelyn Rotkovich, and Zara Stephens.

The opening reception will be held today, 2/19, from 5-8pm in the Pratt Photography Gallery. We look forward to seeing everyone there!

We will also be sharing some of their work and installation throughout the coming week. Congratulations Hope, Jaelyn, and Zara!

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @hope_nichols @jaelyn_photography @zarawr.114
  • Scenes from the Pratt Photography Department: Students in The Photobook class with Professor John O’Toole @johnmotoole looking at images from Evidence by Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel. @soartpratt @prattinstitute
  • Scenes from the Pratt Photography Department: From Professor Jan Rattia @janrattia Lighting 1 class 📸 as the students begin to learn the Profoto Lights! @soartpratt @prattinstitute
  • Stop in the Pratt Photography Gallery to check out the second week of Senior Thesis Exhibitions. We’re open 11am-5pm, showing the work of Tash Lin, Carson Gomas, and Jun Kim, through Friday. ✨

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @ta.studio_ @carsonsfilm @johnn.kimm
  • Per Pratt’s “Weather Advisory” email that was sent last night, all classes are canceled today. Labs are also closed due to the winter weather. Please check your email and Virtual Tech Office for further information.  Image Credit: [Untitled photo, possibly related to: Shoveling heavy snow off roof of house in Woodstock, Vermont] from The Library of Congress.
  • The second round of BFA Senior Thesis Exhibitions opens today!  It features the work of Jun Kim, Carson Gomas, and Tash Lin.

The opening reception will be held today, 2/12, from 5-8pm in the Pratt Photography Gallery. We hope to see you there!

We will also be sharing some of their work and installation throughout the coming week. Congratulations Jun, Carson, and Tash!

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @johnn.kimm @carsonsfilm @ta.studio_
  • This Thursday from 12pm til 2pm @prattphotoleague will be hosting it’s first PRINT SALE stop by the F hallway in the ARC Lower Level Hallway! @soartpratt @prattinstitute
  • Stop by the Pratt Photography Gallery and see the first week of BFA Senior Thesis Exhibitions the gallery is open 11-5 Monday through Friday. Congratulations Leslie, Autumn, and Gabrielle!

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @lesliespinosaphoto @autumn_cc_ @gabrielletallmanphotography
Stop by the Pratt Photography Gallery to catch this week’s Senior Thesis Exhibitions. We’re open 11am-5pm today and tomorrow, showing the work of Hope Nichols, Jaelyn Rotkovich, and Zara Stephens. ✨

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @hope_nichols @jaelyn_photography @zarawr.114
Stop by the Pratt Photography Gallery to catch this week’s Senior Thesis Exhibitions. We’re open 11am-5pm today and tomorrow, showing the work of Hope Nichols, Jaelyn Rotkovich, and Zara Stephens. ✨

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @hope_nichols @jaelyn_photography @zarawr.114
Stop by the Pratt Photography Gallery to catch this week’s Senior Thesis Exhibitions. We’re open 11am-5pm today and tomorrow, showing the work of Hope Nichols, Jaelyn Rotkovich, and Zara Stephens. ✨

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @hope_nichols @jaelyn_photography @zarawr.114
Stop by the Pratt Photography Gallery to catch this week’s Senior Thesis Exhibitions. We’re open 11am-5pm today and tomorrow, showing the work of Hope Nichols, Jaelyn Rotkovich, and Zara Stephens. ✨

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @hope_nichols @jaelyn_photography @zarawr.114
Stop by the Pratt Photography Gallery to catch this week’s Senior Thesis Exhibitions. We’re open 11am-5pm today and tomorrow, showing the work of Hope Nichols, Jaelyn Rotkovich, and Zara Stephens. ✨

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @hope_nichols @jaelyn_photography @zarawr.114
Stop by the Pratt Photography Gallery to catch this week’s Senior Thesis Exhibitions. We’re open 11am-5pm today and tomorrow, showing the work of Hope Nichols, Jaelyn Rotkovich, and Zara Stephens. ✨

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @hope_nichols @jaelyn_photography @zarawr.114
Stop by the Pratt Photography Gallery to catch this week’s Senior Thesis Exhibitions. We’re open 11am-5pm today and tomorrow, showing the work of Hope Nichols, Jaelyn Rotkovich, and Zara Stephens. ✨ @prattinstitute @soartpratt @hope_nichols @jaelyn_photography @zarawr.114
1 day ago
View on Instagram |
1/9
The next round of BFA Senior Thesis Exhibitions opens today! It features the work of Hope Nichols, Jaelyn Rotkovich, and Zara Stephens.

The opening reception will be held today, 2/19, from 5-8pm in the Pratt Photography Gallery. We look forward to seeing everyone there!

We will also be sharing some of their work and installation throughout the coming week. Congratulations Hope, Jaelyn, and Zara!

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @hope_nichols @jaelyn_photography @zarawr.114
The next round of BFA Senior Thesis Exhibitions opens today! It features the work of Hope Nichols, Jaelyn Rotkovich, and Zara Stephens.

The opening reception will be held today, 2/19, from 5-8pm in the Pratt Photography Gallery. We look forward to seeing everyone there!

We will also be sharing some of their work and installation throughout the coming week. Congratulations Hope, Jaelyn, and Zara!

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @hope_nichols @jaelyn_photography @zarawr.114
The next round of BFA Senior Thesis Exhibitions opens today! It features the work of Hope Nichols, Jaelyn Rotkovich, and Zara Stephens.

The opening reception will be held today, 2/19, from 5-8pm in the Pratt Photography Gallery. We look forward to seeing everyone there!

We will also be sharing some of their work and installation throughout the coming week. Congratulations Hope, Jaelyn, and Zara!

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @hope_nichols @jaelyn_photography @zarawr.114
The next round of BFA Senior Thesis Exhibitions opens today! It features the work of Hope Nichols, Jaelyn Rotkovich, and Zara Stephens. The opening reception will be held today, 2/19, from 5-8pm in the Pratt Photography Gallery. We look forward to seeing everyone there! We will also be sharing some of their work and installation throughout the coming week. Congratulations Hope, Jaelyn, and Zara! @prattinstitute @soartpratt @hope_nichols @jaelyn_photography @zarawr.114
4 days ago
View on Instagram |
2/9
Scenes from the Pratt Photography Department: Students in The Photobook class with Professor John O’Toole @johnmotoole looking at images from Evidence by Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel. @soartpratt @prattinstitute
Scenes from the Pratt Photography Department: Students in The Photobook class with Professor John O’Toole @johnmotoole looking at images from Evidence by Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel. @soartpratt @prattinstitute
Scenes from the Pratt Photography Department: Students in The Photobook class with Professor John O’Toole @johnmotoole looking at images from Evidence by Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel. @soartpratt @prattinstitute
Scenes from the Pratt Photography Department: Students in The Photobook class with Professor John O’Toole @johnmotoole looking at images from Evidence by Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel. @soartpratt @prattinstitute
Scenes from the Pratt Photography Department: Students in The Photobook class with Professor John O’Toole @johnmotoole looking at images from Evidence by Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel. @soartpratt @prattinstitute
1 week ago
View on Instagram |
3/9
Scenes from the Pratt Photography Department: From Professor Jan Rattia @janrattia Lighting 1 class 📸 as the students begin to learn the Profoto Lights! @soartpratt @prattinstitute
Scenes from the Pratt Photography Department: From Professor Jan Rattia @janrattia Lighting 1 class 📸 as the students begin to learn the Profoto Lights! @soartpratt @prattinstitute
Scenes from the Pratt Photography Department: From Professor Jan Rattia @janrattia Lighting 1 class 📸 as the students begin to learn the Profoto Lights! @soartpratt @prattinstitute
Scenes from the Pratt Photography Department: From Professor Jan Rattia @janrattia Lighting 1 class 📸 as the students begin to learn the Profoto Lights! @soartpratt @prattinstitute
Scenes from the Pratt Photography Department: From Professor Jan Rattia @janrattia Lighting 1 class 📸 as the students begin to learn the Profoto Lights! @soartpratt @prattinstitute
Scenes from the Pratt Photography Department: From Professor Jan Rattia @janrattia Lighting 1 class 📸 as the students begin to learn the Profoto Lights! @soartpratt @prattinstitute
Scenes from the Pratt Photography Department: From Professor Jan Rattia @janrattia Lighting 1 class 📸 as the students begin to learn the Profoto Lights! @soartpratt @prattinstitute
1 week ago
View on Instagram |
4/9
Stop in the Pratt Photography Gallery to check out the second week of Senior Thesis Exhibitions. We’re open 11am-5pm, showing the work of Tash Lin, Carson Gomas, and Jun Kim, through Friday. ✨

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @ta.studio_ @carsonsfilm @johnn.kimm
Stop in the Pratt Photography Gallery to check out the second week of Senior Thesis Exhibitions. We’re open 11am-5pm, showing the work of Tash Lin, Carson Gomas, and Jun Kim, through Friday. ✨

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @ta.studio_ @carsonsfilm @johnn.kimm
Stop in the Pratt Photography Gallery to check out the second week of Senior Thesis Exhibitions. We’re open 11am-5pm, showing the work of Tash Lin, Carson Gomas, and Jun Kim, through Friday. ✨

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @ta.studio_ @carsonsfilm @johnn.kimm
Stop in the Pratt Photography Gallery to check out the second week of Senior Thesis Exhibitions. We’re open 11am-5pm, showing the work of Tash Lin, Carson Gomas, and Jun Kim, through Friday. ✨

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @ta.studio_ @carsonsfilm @johnn.kimm
Stop in the Pratt Photography Gallery to check out the second week of Senior Thesis Exhibitions. We’re open 11am-5pm, showing the work of Tash Lin, Carson Gomas, and Jun Kim, through Friday. ✨

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @ta.studio_ @carsonsfilm @johnn.kimm
Stop in the Pratt Photography Gallery to check out the second week of Senior Thesis Exhibitions. We’re open 11am-5pm, showing the work of Tash Lin, Carson Gomas, and Jun Kim, through Friday. ✨

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @ta.studio_ @carsonsfilm @johnn.kimm
Stop in the Pratt Photography Gallery to check out the second week of Senior Thesis Exhibitions. We’re open 11am-5pm, showing the work of Tash Lin, Carson Gomas, and Jun Kim, through Friday. ✨ @prattinstitute @soartpratt @ta.studio_ @carsonsfilm @johnn.kimm
1 week ago
View on Instagram |
5/9
Per Pratt’s “Weather Advisory” email that was sent last night, all classes are canceled today. Labs are also closed due to the winter weather. Please check your email and Virtual Tech Office for further information.  Image Credit: [Untitled photo, possibly related to: Shoveling heavy snow off roof of house in Woodstock, Vermont] from The Library of Congress.
Per Pratt’s “Weather Advisory” email that was sent last night, all classes are canceled today. Labs are also closed due to the winter weather. Please check your email and Virtual Tech Office for further information. Image Credit: [Untitled photo, possibly related to: Shoveling heavy snow off roof of house in Woodstock, Vermont] from The Library of Congress.
1 week ago
View on Instagram |
6/9
The second round of BFA Senior Thesis Exhibitions opens today!  It features the work of Jun Kim, Carson Gomas, and Tash Lin.

The opening reception will be held today, 2/12, from 5-8pm in the Pratt Photography Gallery. We hope to see you there!

We will also be sharing some of their work and installation throughout the coming week. Congratulations Jun, Carson, and Tash!

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @johnn.kimm @carsonsfilm @ta.studio_
The second round of BFA Senior Thesis Exhibitions opens today!  It features the work of Jun Kim, Carson Gomas, and Tash Lin.

The opening reception will be held today, 2/12, from 5-8pm in the Pratt Photography Gallery. We hope to see you there!

We will also be sharing some of their work and installation throughout the coming week. Congratulations Jun, Carson, and Tash!

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @johnn.kimm @carsonsfilm @ta.studio_
The second round of BFA Senior Thesis Exhibitions opens today!  It features the work of Jun Kim, Carson Gomas, and Tash Lin.

The opening reception will be held today, 2/12, from 5-8pm in the Pratt Photography Gallery. We hope to see you there!

We will also be sharing some of their work and installation throughout the coming week. Congratulations Jun, Carson, and Tash!

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @johnn.kimm @carsonsfilm @ta.studio_
The second round of BFA Senior Thesis Exhibitions opens today! It features the work of Jun Kim, Carson Gomas, and Tash Lin. The opening reception will be held today, 2/12, from 5-8pm in the Pratt Photography Gallery. We hope to see you there! We will also be sharing some of their work and installation throughout the coming week. Congratulations Jun, Carson, and Tash! @prattinstitute @soartpratt @johnn.kimm @carsonsfilm @ta.studio_
2 weeks ago
View on Instagram |
7/9
This Thursday from 12pm til 2pm @prattphotoleague will be hosting it’s first PRINT SALE stop by the F hallway in the ARC Lower Level Hallway! @soartpratt @prattinstitute
This Thursday from 12pm til 2pm @prattphotoleague will be hosting it’s first PRINT SALE stop by the F hallway in the ARC Lower Level Hallway! @soartpratt @prattinstitute
2 weeks ago
View on Instagram |
8/9
Stop by the Pratt Photography Gallery and see the first week of BFA Senior Thesis Exhibitions the gallery is open 11-5 Monday through Friday. Congratulations Leslie, Autumn, and Gabrielle! @prattinstitute @soartpratt @lesliespinosaphoto @autumn_cc_ @gabrielletallmanphotography
2 weeks ago
View on Instagram |
9/9

From the Catalog