At Bennington, students work closely with faculty to design the content, structure, and sequence of their study and practice—their Plan—taking advantage of resources inside and outside the classroom to pursue their work.
Photography at Bennington offers students an introduction to both analog and digital opportunities. Courses cover a broad range of thematic topics, exploring photography’s rich history from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, and investigating all genres of the medium, as well as intersections with other artistic practices. Studio photography classes are designed to mix creative production with relevant readings, historical research, and technical hands-on instruction.
Students are able to borrow both film and digital equipment, and facilities include a lighting studio, a black-and-white film darkroom with 7 enlarging stations, an alternative processes lab, a state-of-the-art digital lab with 12 workstations, along with a new 44-inch-wide-format inkjet printer. Our courses take advantage of photo archives housed in Bennington's Crossett Library as well as in the nearby collections of The Bennington Museum, The Clark Art Institute, and the Williams College Museum of Art.
What is photography? Liz Deschenes, in her own artistic practice and her work as a curator and critic, has expanded the medium’s conceptual and aesthetic boundaries.
Jonathan Kline’s artwork straddles the divide between photography’s contemporary, hybrid, and digital nature and its most traditional and original forms
Elizabeth White is a multidisciplinary artist whose work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.
Visiting Faculty & Technicians
With more than 25 years professional experience in film and digital photography, as well as in publishing, Jonathan Barber’s work spans photojournalism, commercial photography, and art and performance documentation.