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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

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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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  • Opening this Sunday! Pratt Photo Professor Patrice Aphrodite Helmar’s “Polaris” ✨

June 30 - August 18, 2024

Opening Sunday, June 30, 5-7pm

New location
116 Elizabeth Street, floor one
NY NY 10013 bottom buzzer for entry

Hours
Wednesday-Sunday, noon-7pm

Image: Patrice Aphrodite Helmar, Dolly Beach, 2020, gelatin silver print, 20 × 24 inches. [A black and white, square format photograph of the artist, wearing a black puffy coat and a light colored balaclava, with their small dog, sitting near a fallen tree on a beach.]

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @patricehelmar
  • Opening TONIGHT @ Pratt Manhattan Gallery!

To Live in the Imagination 
Pratt Photography MFA Alumni Exhibition

June 28–August 31, 2024 

Opening Reception: Thursday, June 27, 2024, 6–8pm

Organized by Sara VanDerBeek 

Featured Artists:
Stephanie Espinoza 
Rachel Handlin 
Katharina Kiefert
Ethan Li 
Megan Mack in collaboration with Abby Waters 
Kristina Naso
Chloe Scout Nix 
Erin O’Flynn 
Jan Rattia 
Kunwar Prithvi Singh Rathore 
Lena Smart 
Baillie Vensel 
Jingge Zhang

@prattinstitute @soartpratt #prattexhibits
  • There are TWO more days to catch this week’s Senior Thesis Exhibition, “Fifty-One Fifty” by Declan Mulligan.

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

This is the final photo exhibition of the school year—congratulations to everyone on such an exciting and successful season!

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @0xdeclanmulligan
  • The blowing of the steam whistle concluding the Commencement Ceremony this afternoon! Congratulations again to the class of 2024!!👏🎓🥂

@prattinstitute @soartpratt #PrattGrad24
  • CONGRATS to all of the photo students graduating today! 🎓🎉🥳👏📸💐

We hope you all enjoy a well-deserved celebration and wish you all the best of luck moving forward—you’ll be missed!!!

@prattinstitute @soartpratt #PrattGrad24
  • Congratulations to Tommesha Holt, MFA Photo ‘23, on being awarded a Fulbright Grant! 👏✨

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @tommeshaholt
  • Opening TODAY! Our final week of BFA Thesis Exhibitions begins today, with “Fifty-One Fifty” by Declan Mulligan.

The opening reception will be held from 5 - 8PM in the Pratt Photography Gallery. 

Also open Tuesday - Friday from 11AM - 5PM. 

We look forward to seeing you there—congratulations Declan!

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @0xdeclanmulligan
  • MFA Photo students featured in an Art Review from Hyperallergic this week!

Today is the last day to catch this exhibition, so come by the Photography Gallery from 11am—5pm.

And read the full article @ hyperallergic.com/912412/pratt-mfa-photographers-turn-landscapes-into-critiques-of-power/ (Link in bio)!

Congratulations to Ethan, Erin, and Prithvi!

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @hyperallergic
  • There are TWO more days to catch this week’s MFA Thesis Exhibitions by Ethan Li, Erin O’Flynn, and Kunwar Prithvi Singh Rathore.

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

@prattinstitute @soartpratt
Opening this Sunday! Pratt Photo Professor Patrice Aphrodite Helmar’s “Polaris” ✨

June 30 - August 18, 2024

Opening Sunday, June 30, 5-7pm

New location
116 Elizabeth Street, floor one
NY NY 10013 bottom buzzer for entry

Hours
Wednesday-Sunday, noon-7pm

Image: Patrice Aphrodite Helmar, Dolly Beach, 2020, gelatin silver print, 20 × 24 inches. [A black and white, square format photograph of the artist, wearing a black puffy coat and a light colored balaclava, with their small dog, sitting near a fallen tree on a beach.]

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @patricehelmar
Opening this Sunday! Pratt Photo Professor Patrice Aphrodite Helmar’s “Polaris” ✨ June 30 - August 18, 2024 Opening Sunday, June 30, 5-7pm New location 116 Elizabeth Street, floor one NY NY 10013 bottom buzzer for entry Hours Wednesday-Sunday, noon-7pm Image: Patrice Aphrodite Helmar, Dolly Beach, 2020, gelatin silver print, 20 × 24 inches. [A black and white, square format photograph of the artist, wearing a black puffy coat and a light colored balaclava, with their small dog, sitting near a fallen tree on a beach.] @prattinstitute @soartpratt @patricehelmar
2 weeks ago
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1/9
Opening TONIGHT @ Pratt Manhattan Gallery!

To Live in the Imagination 
Pratt Photography MFA Alumni Exhibition

June 28–August 31, 2024 

Opening Reception: Thursday, June 27, 2024, 6–8pm

Organized by Sara VanDerBeek 

Featured Artists:
Stephanie Espinoza 
Rachel Handlin 
Katharina Kiefert
Ethan Li 
Megan Mack in collaboration with Abby Waters 
Kristina Naso
Chloe Scout Nix 
Erin O’Flynn 
Jan Rattia 
Kunwar Prithvi Singh Rathore 
Lena Smart 
Baillie Vensel 
Jingge Zhang

@prattinstitute @soartpratt #prattexhibits
Opening TONIGHT @ Pratt Manhattan Gallery! To Live in the Imagination Pratt Photography MFA Alumni Exhibition June 28–August 31, 2024 Opening Reception: Thursday, June 27, 2024, 6–8pm Organized by Sara VanDerBeek Featured Artists: Stephanie Espinoza Rachel Handlin Katharina Kiefert Ethan Li Megan Mack in collaboration with Abby Waters Kristina Naso Chloe Scout Nix Erin O’Flynn Jan Rattia Kunwar Prithvi Singh Rathore Lena Smart Baillie Vensel Jingge Zhang @prattinstitute @soartpratt #prattexhibits
2 weeks ago
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2/9
There are TWO more days to catch this week’s Senior Thesis Exhibition, “Fifty-One Fifty” by Declan Mulligan.

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

This is the final photo exhibition of the school year—congratulations to everyone on such an exciting and successful season!

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @0xdeclanmulligan
There are TWO more days to catch this week’s Senior Thesis Exhibition, “Fifty-One Fifty” by Declan Mulligan.

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

This is the final photo exhibition of the school year—congratulations to everyone on such an exciting and successful season!

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @0xdeclanmulligan
There are TWO more days to catch this week’s Senior Thesis Exhibition, “Fifty-One Fifty” by Declan Mulligan.

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

This is the final photo exhibition of the school year—congratulations to everyone on such an exciting and successful season!

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @0xdeclanmulligan
There are TWO more days to catch this week’s Senior Thesis Exhibition, “Fifty-One Fifty” by Declan Mulligan.

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

This is the final photo exhibition of the school year—congratulations to everyone on such an exciting and successful season!

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @0xdeclanmulligan
There are TWO more days to catch this week’s Senior Thesis Exhibition, “Fifty-One Fifty” by Declan Mulligan.

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

This is the final photo exhibition of the school year—congratulations to everyone on such an exciting and successful season!

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @0xdeclanmulligan
There are TWO more days to catch this week’s Senior Thesis Exhibition, “Fifty-One Fifty” by Declan Mulligan.

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

This is the final photo exhibition of the school year—congratulations to everyone on such an exciting and successful season!

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @0xdeclanmulligan
There are TWO more days to catch this week’s Senior Thesis Exhibition, “Fifty-One Fifty” by Declan Mulligan.

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

This is the final photo exhibition of the school year—congratulations to everyone on such an exciting and successful season!

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @0xdeclanmulligan
There are TWO more days to catch this week’s Senior Thesis Exhibition, “Fifty-One Fifty” by Declan Mulligan.

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

This is the final photo exhibition of the school year—congratulations to everyone on such an exciting and successful season!

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @0xdeclanmulligan
There are TWO more days to catch this week’s Senior Thesis Exhibition, “Fifty-One Fifty” by Declan Mulligan.

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

This is the final photo exhibition of the school year—congratulations to everyone on such an exciting and successful season!

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @0xdeclanmulligan
There are TWO more days to catch this week’s Senior Thesis Exhibition, “Fifty-One Fifty” by Declan Mulligan. Come by the Pratt Photography Gallery, open from 11am-5pm today and tomorrow, to see the show! ✨ This is the final photo exhibition of the school year—congratulations to everyone on such an exciting and successful season! @prattinstitute @soartpratt @0xdeclanmulligan
2 months ago
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3/9
The blowing of the steam whistle concluding the Commencement Ceremony this afternoon! Congratulations again to the class of 2024!!👏🎓🥂 @prattinstitute @soartpratt #PrattGrad24
2 months ago
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4/9
CONGRATS to all of the photo students graduating today! 🎓🎉🥳👏📸💐 We hope you all enjoy a well-deserved celebration and wish you all the best of luck moving forward—you’ll be missed!!! @prattinstitute @soartpratt #PrattGrad24
2 months ago
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5/9
Congratulations to Tommesha Holt, MFA Photo ‘23, on being awarded a Fulbright Grant! 👏✨

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @tommeshaholt
Congratulations to Tommesha Holt, MFA Photo ‘23, on being awarded a Fulbright Grant! 👏✨

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @tommeshaholt
Congratulations to Tommesha Holt, MFA Photo ‘23, on being awarded a Fulbright Grant! 👏✨ @prattinstitute @soartpratt @tommeshaholt
2 months ago
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6/9
Opening TODAY! Our final week of BFA Thesis Exhibitions begins today, with “Fifty-One Fifty” by Declan Mulligan.

The opening reception will be held from 5 - 8PM in the Pratt Photography Gallery. 

Also open Tuesday - Friday from 11AM - 5PM. 

We look forward to seeing you there—congratulations Declan!

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @0xdeclanmulligan
Opening TODAY! Our final week of BFA Thesis Exhibitions begins today, with “Fifty-One Fifty” by Declan Mulligan. The opening reception will be held from 5 - 8PM in the Pratt Photography Gallery. Also open Tuesday - Friday from 11AM - 5PM. We look forward to seeing you there—congratulations Declan! @prattinstitute @soartpratt @0xdeclanmulligan
2 months ago
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7/9
MFA Photo students featured in an Art Review from Hyperallergic this week!

Today is the last day to catch this exhibition, so come by the Photography Gallery from 11am—5pm.

And read the full article @ hyperallergic.com/912412/pratt-mfa-photographers-turn-landscapes-into-critiques-of-power/ (Link in bio)!

Congratulations to Ethan, Erin, and Prithvi!

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @hyperallergic
MFA Photo students featured in an Art Review from Hyperallergic this week!

Today is the last day to catch this exhibition, so come by the Photography Gallery from 11am—5pm.

And read the full article @ hyperallergic.com/912412/pratt-mfa-photographers-turn-landscapes-into-critiques-of-power/ (Link in bio)!

Congratulations to Ethan, Erin, and Prithvi!

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @hyperallergic
MFA Photo students featured in an Art Review from Hyperallergic this week!

Today is the last day to catch this exhibition, so come by the Photography Gallery from 11am—5pm.

And read the full article @ hyperallergic.com/912412/pratt-mfa-photographers-turn-landscapes-into-critiques-of-power/ (Link in bio)!

Congratulations to Ethan, Erin, and Prithvi!

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @hyperallergic
MFA Photo students featured in an Art Review from Hyperallergic this week!

Today is the last day to catch this exhibition, so come by the Photography Gallery from 11am—5pm.

And read the full article @ hyperallergic.com/912412/pratt-mfa-photographers-turn-landscapes-into-critiques-of-power/ (Link in bio)!

Congratulations to Ethan, Erin, and Prithvi!

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @hyperallergic
MFA Photo students featured in an Art Review from Hyperallergic this week!

Today is the last day to catch this exhibition, so come by the Photography Gallery from 11am—5pm.

And read the full article @ hyperallergic.com/912412/pratt-mfa-photographers-turn-landscapes-into-critiques-of-power/ (Link in bio)!

Congratulations to Ethan, Erin, and Prithvi!

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @hyperallergic
MFA Photo students featured in an Art Review from Hyperallergic this week!

Today is the last day to catch this exhibition, so come by the Photography Gallery from 11am—5pm.

And read the full article @ hyperallergic.com/912412/pratt-mfa-photographers-turn-landscapes-into-critiques-of-power/ (Link in bio)!

Congratulations to Ethan, Erin, and Prithvi!

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @hyperallergic
MFA Photo students featured in an Art Review from Hyperallergic this week! Today is the last day to catch this exhibition, so come by the Photography Gallery from 11am—5pm. And read the full article @ hyperallergic.com/912412/pratt-mfa-photographers-turn-landscapes-into-critiques-of-power/ (Link in bio)! Congratulations to Ethan, Erin, and Prithvi! @prattinstitute @soartpratt @hyperallergic
2 months ago
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8/9
There are TWO more days to catch this week’s MFA Thesis Exhibitions by Ethan Li, Erin O’Flynn, and Kunwar Prithvi Singh Rathore.

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

@prattinstitute @soartpratt
There are TWO more days to catch this week’s MFA Thesis Exhibitions by Ethan Li, Erin O’Flynn, and Kunwar Prithvi Singh Rathore.

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

@prattinstitute @soartpratt
There are TWO more days to catch this week’s MFA Thesis Exhibitions by Ethan Li, Erin O’Flynn, and Kunwar Prithvi Singh Rathore.

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

@prattinstitute @soartpratt
There are TWO more days to catch this week’s MFA Thesis Exhibitions by Ethan Li, Erin O’Flynn, and Kunwar Prithvi Singh Rathore.

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

@prattinstitute @soartpratt
There are TWO more days to catch this week’s MFA Thesis Exhibitions by Ethan Li, Erin O’Flynn, and Kunwar Prithvi Singh Rathore.

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

@prattinstitute @soartpratt
There are TWO more days to catch this week’s MFA Thesis Exhibitions by Ethan Li, Erin O’Flynn, and Kunwar Prithvi Singh Rathore.

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

@prattinstitute @soartpratt
There are TWO more days to catch this week’s MFA Thesis Exhibitions by Ethan Li, Erin O’Flynn, and Kunwar Prithvi Singh Rathore.

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

@prattinstitute @soartpratt
There are TWO more days to catch this week’s MFA Thesis Exhibitions by Ethan Li, Erin O’Flynn, and Kunwar Prithvi Singh Rathore.

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

@prattinstitute @soartpratt
There are TWO more days to catch this week’s MFA Thesis Exhibitions by Ethan Li, Erin O’Flynn, and Kunwar Prithvi Singh Rathore.

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

@prattinstitute @soartpratt
There are TWO more days to catch this week’s MFA Thesis Exhibitions by Ethan Li, Erin O’Flynn, and Kunwar Prithvi Singh Rathore. Come by the Pratt Photography Gallery, open from 11am-5pm today and tomorrow, to see the show!✨ @prattinstitute @soartpratt
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