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.
Visiting Faculty & Technicians
May Hemler is a photographer whose work focuses on the body, pain, illness, and disability. Hemler works across many photographic mediums and formats, in digital, large, medium, and 35mm, black and white, as well as color.