The photography lab is fully equipped for teaching black-and-white and color photography. The large darkroom offers 18 enlargers, each of which prints black-and-white and colors images in multiple formats. A fully automated HOPE processor offers the dry-to-dry RA4 process for images up to 20 inches in width. Color negative development is done via computer-controlled processing as well. Black-and-white methods are traditional and emphasize fine art craft and quality. Two additional darkrooms offer private workspace for special projects. In our shooting studio students can prepare still life, portraiture, or figure subjects with traditional tungsten hot lights or the black line Speed-o-tron strobes. There are also 4 x 5 view cameras available for studio work. The Art Department’s computer lab across the hall offers 18 Power Macintosh 8100s with large color monitors, a Dye-Sublimation color printer, color scanners, and a large array of software for use in digital photography and electronic imagemaking.
Beginning courses offer instruction in every aspect of using the camera, processing negatives, printing film, and presenting one’s work. Courses taught include black-and-white, color, alternative processes, photo-journalism, and special topics in photography.
The Strimbu Gallery of Photography is located adjacent to the Photo Lab and features the work of regional photographic artists in addition that of the University’s photography students. Students are strongly encouraged also to exhibit in local galleries and to apply for juried art exhibitions.
Students concentrating in photography as art majors may be interested in participating in the Chicago Arts Program during one semester of the junior or senior year. This program offers students the opportunity to fulfill an internship in Chicago with a number of professional photographers.
By graduation, a student who concentrated in photography will have built a portfolio that is suitable for applying to a number of positions in the photographic industry. Students also will be prepared to pursue the Master of Fine Arts degree at graduate programs around the country.