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Contemporary Photographic Studio: Beauty is Everywhere

Course dates

July 16 to July 29, 2018

Application deadline

May 14, 2018

  • Under the guidance of the renowned photographers, develop new work or consider and refine current work using contemporary photographic practice as the launching point.
  • Enhance your current art practice or consider new approaches shooting: landscape, still life, portraiture, the vernacular and/or as research.
  • Participate in daily technique and professional practice workshops addressing subjects including conceptual development, lighting, capture, digital image preparation, printing and presentation.
  • Receive individual mentoring and daily critiques from guest artists.
  • Print your work and explore various methods of presentation and installation.
  • Exhibit your work in a culminating contemporary exhibition.


Undergraduate: ART 420, 3 units
Graduate/post-baccalaureate: ART 620, 3 units




Photographer/artists, students, and enthusiasts with an existing practice who work in any of the following media: digital photography, film photography, mixed media, installation, and video art. Experimentation and process are encouraged in this course! Participants will use their own camera (digital, analog, smartphones, and toy cameras can all be used).


  • Submit a 1-2 page statement about your work, your CV/Resume, and your digital portfolio as PDF or JPGs or selection of 10-20 images (these can include photography, video, painting, or mixed media). Include a letter of recommendation or provide contact information for 2 references and a short statement about why you are interested in the course.
  • Submit/upload the materials listed in step one when you apply online by May 14, 2018.


Niku Kashef

Guest Artists

Clint Woodside

Todd Hido –

Todd Hido is a San Francisco Bay Area-based artist whose work has been featured in Artforum, The New York Times Magazine, Eyemazing, Wired, Elephant, FOAM, and Vanity Fair. His photographs are in the permanent collections of the Getty, the Whitney Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, New York, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the de Young, the Smithsonian, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, as well as in many other public and private collections. Pier 24 Photography holds the archive of all his published works.

He has more than a dozen published books; his most recent monograph titled Excerpts from Silver Meadows was released in 2013, along with an innovative b-sides box set designed to function as a companion piece to his award-winning monograph. Aperture published his mid-career survey entitled Intimate Distance: Twenty-five Years of Photographs, a Chronological Album in October of 2016. His next book titled Bright Black World will be released in 2018.

Clint Woodside

Clint Woodside –

Clint Woodside is an art photographer currently living in Los Angeles. His work has been widely exhibited and published in the United States and abroad. He holds a BFA in graphic design from the School of Visual Arts. Clint is also known for his extensive work as a curator and as creator of Deadbeat Club – a publisher and distributor of small books and publications with a diverse roster of photographers.


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