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At Pratt, we consider photography to be a tool and message for personal and cultural expression. As a student you will develop a deeper understanding of your role within a complex image-based landscape, formulating a dynamic perspective in order to make a wide array of meaningful contributions to the field.
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Type
Undergraduate, BFA
Credits
126
Duration
4 years
Courses
Plan of Study
School and Department
School of Art,
Photography
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Photography at Pratt

The Photography curriculum provides an extensive photographic education through a series of core classes that promote students’ technical and conceptual development.

Students are expected to establish their photographic practices through the study of analog and digital processes within a deeper understanding of the histories and theories of the medium. Given the central role that images play in our lives, demonstrating literacy in photography has taken on new meaning, new urgency, and new forms.

Student Work

Look at these bodies of work that our current Photography students are producing. Through concentrated learning about photographic processes, critical discourse, and exposure to contemporary art, you’ll develop your own visual language and artistic voice.

The Experience

Mateo Arciniegas Huertas, BFA Photography ’23, in the Made in NYC Product Photography Studio (courtesy Stephanie Powell for Made in NYC)
Pratt Campus and Classroom photos.

Our photographic production spaces are at the core of your educational experience at Pratt. The digital labs, analog darkrooms, and lighting studio are creative environments that foster community and function as an extension of the classroom. The atmosphere and culture of these spaces are centralized around promoting skill-building, creativity, and the exploration of materials and processes. Students are encouraged to expand upon what they learn in class, experiment with both concept and form, and question the boundaries of the photographic medium.

Labs and Facilities

At Pratt, our labs and facilities are capable of supporting a wide range of photographic practices. Our darkrooms can accommodate negative formats ranging from 35mm to 4×5 sheet film. They also provide areas for print finishing. Our digital labs feature state-of-the-art Apple computers, Epson printers, film digitization stations, and a Risograph Digital Duplicator for independent book publications. In the department’s lighting studio, Profoto and Lowell lighting equipment, stands, dollies and seamless backdrops make learning about studio shoots an important part of the professional experience.

For more information, please visit the Pratt Photography Facilities Page.

Facilities for the photography program at Pratt. Students work in a vast computer lab with white walls.

Internships

Students have the opportunity to explore different sectors of the field through their choice of internships at various art institutions, galleries, and studios such as the Whitney Museum of Art, Conveyor Arts, Distributed Art Publishers (D.A.P.), David LaChapelle Studio, and Diverse Works to name a few. An internship provides students with real-world work experience. During their course of study, students have the option to complete an internship for program credit. A Pratt faculty advisor guides each student until their learning objectives are met.

Study Abroad

Immersing yourself in another culture is an incredible experience that can extend the boundaries of creativity. Study abroad programs are an integral part of the college experience, and Pratt has deep connections with university partners around the world.  In addition to partnering with universities abroad, Pratt Photography has abroad opportunities as part of Pratt Berlin, a semester-long program where students will take Pratt course offerings with Pratt faculty while living in Berlin, Germany.  Similarly, the Photography Department has elective courses with short-term travel components embedded into the curriculum, which include opportunities to travel and study during spring break in Havana, Cuba, or San Juan, Puerto Rico.   See where you can go.

Learning Resources

We develop disciplinary fluency in our program of study and we celebrate the interdisciplinary nature of design critical to address the plurality and complexity of the environments in which we operate. Learning resources.

Our Faculty

At Pratt, the Photography Department’s faculty members are distinguished artists and creative professionals who are committed to developing and nurturing the creative potential of each individual student. The faculty come from diverse professional and educational backgrounds representing the intersectional nature of the photographic arts. This plurality of experiences and approaches creates a singular education experience tailored to the unique needs of the student body. See the full list of faculty and administrative staff here.

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Our Alumni

Pratt’s distinguished alumni are leading diverse and thriving careers, creating and expanding upon the visual culture of our present-day world.

Where They Work

  • Programs Manager, Baxter St. Camera Club of New York
  • Assistant Collections Manager, Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Founder, Blue Hour Press
  • Editor-In-Chief, The Daring
  • Commissioned Photographer, The New York Times Magazine
  • Archivist, Alexander Gray Associates Gallery

Stories of Success

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  • Exhibited Artist Spotlight: Stephanie Espinoza ✨

From the current Pratt Photography MFA Alumni Exhibition, “To Live in the Imagination”.

Organized as a conversation between seven 2021–2023 alumni of Pratt Institute’s nascent Photography MFA program and a selection of singular works by the six graduates of the class of 2024, To Live in the Imagination presents a continuum of practices from an evolving cohort of artists in dialogue across disciplines, sites, and experiences. Existential essentials—such as memory, landscape, home, family, and the body—are shared subjects of inquiry and exploration among many of the included artists, while others address the shifting field of photographic representation. Throughout the exhibition, care and criticality are of equal importance. 

On view through August 31st @ Pratt Manhattan Gallery.

Gallery Hours: 
Monday–Saturday, 11 AM–6 PM

@prattinstitute @soartpratt @prattexhibits @steesp #ToLiveInTheImagination
  • 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
Exhibited Artist Spotlight: Stephanie Espinoza ✨ From the current Pratt Photography MFA Alumni Exhibition, “To Live in the Imagination”. Organized as a conversation between seven 2021–2023 alumni of Pratt Institute’s nascent Photography MFA program and a selection of singular works by the six graduates of the class of 2024, To Live in the Imagination presents a continuum of practices from an evolving cohort of artists in dialogue across disciplines, sites, and experiences. Existential essentials—such as memory, landscape, home, family, and the body—are shared subjects of inquiry and exploration among many of the included artists, while others address the shifting field of photographic representation. Throughout the exhibition, care and criticality are of equal importance. On view through August 31st @ Pratt Manhattan Gallery. Gallery Hours: 
Monday–Saturday, 11 AM–6 PM @prattinstitute @soartpratt @prattexhibits @steesp #ToLiveInTheImagination
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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 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
3 weeks ago
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2/9
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
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3/9
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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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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5/9
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
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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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7/9
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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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
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