Photography project

Photography

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.

Student Work

Faculty

Terry Boddie’s work as a photographer and multidisciplinary artist explores the intersection of history, migration and memory and how these forces impact historical and contemporary photographic representation.

email terryboddie@bennington.edu

Jonathan Kline’s artwork straddles the divide between photography’s contemporary, hybrid, and digital nature and its most traditional and original forms

email jkline@bennington.edu
Director of the Museum Fellows Term

Elizabeth White is an artist whose work ranges in form from photography to digital collage, installation, drawing, and social practice. Informed by a background in sociology and media studies as well as visual arts, she is interested in the social impact of photography and related technologies, and the politics of visual culture. 

email ewhite@bennington.edu

Visiting Faculty & Technicians

Image of Veronica Melendez
Technical Instructor in Photography

Veronica Melendez is a visual artist, curator, and founder of La Horchata magazine. Through illustrations of iconic household products to photographs documenting the diaspora of Central Americans in Washington D.C., her work speaks to the broader theme of how we as humans create home. 

email veronicamelendez@bennington.edu
Image of Farzana Wahidy
Visiting Faculty

Farzana Wahidy is an award wining Afghan documentary photographer best known for her photographs of women and girls in Afghanistan. She has been documenting the life of Afghan women for over a decade and recently established the Afghanistan Photographers Association.

email farzanawahidy@bennington.edu