MFA: Media Arts (Photography)"Our program seeks individuals who approach the medium of photography from diverse angles yet wish to participate in a community of artists. We want to foster each student's best abilities, visual, verbal, critical." Laura McPhee
MassArt's 60 credit, full-time MFA: Media Arts (Photography) explores the medium as a fine art with an emphasis on personal vision, technical excellence, and experimentation. The history of photography, critical theory and contemporary multi-disciplinary practice will be explored.
Senior faculty include Laura McPhee (Program Coordinator), Abelardo Morell (Emeritus), Nick Nixon and Barbara Bosworth. Junior members of the photography faculty include Matthew Connors (Chair) and Matthew Monteith.
Visiting artists are an integral part of both programs. In addition to Major Studio, visits from prominent photographers, critics and curators provide an opportunity for feedback on student work, and the department has an outstanding lecture series. Visitors have included: Walead Beshty, Elinor Carucci, James Casebere, William Christenberry, Lois Conner, Linda Connor, Charlotte Cotton, Gregory Crewdson, Tim Davis, P. L. DiCorcia, Jim Dow, Mitch Epstein, Joan Fontcuberta, Jason Fulford, Katy Grannan, Emmet Gowin, Andy Grundberg, Justine Kurland, Laura Letinsky, Susan Meiselas, Vik Muniz, Laurel Nakadate, Doug Nickel, Sandra Phillips, Thomas Roma, Luc Sante, Gary Schneider, Stephen Shore, Rebecca Solnit, Alec Soth, Jem Southam, Larry Sultan, Shellburne Thurber, and Penelope Umbrico.
Extensive facilities include private darkrooms for MFA students, a non-silver darkroom, individual studio spaces, a large graduate digital studio equipped with large format printers, Flextight scanners, and Mac towers with the latest Adobe software. MFA candidates make use of the many student gallery spaces at MassArt and thesis exhibitions are held in the college's Paine and Bakalar Galleries.