MICA Photo alum featured in “The Guardian”

Rafael Soldi’s images featured in “Guardian” article…

MICA Photo is proud to announce that alum, Rafael Soldi, has his photographs featured in an article by “The Guardian”. One of his images from the article is featured below:Screen Shot 2017-04-27 at 10.38.55 AM

Follow link for full article and photographs:



Above photograph courtesy of “The Guardian”.


Attention photographers: Position open at Longwood University in Farmville, VA!

Longwood University seeks photographer for marketing & communications position…


Longwood University invites qualified applicants to apply for the position of University Photographer/ Media Specialist III within the University Marketing and Communications department.




The University Photographer should be a talented and motivated individual that is truly excited to help bring the university’s brand to life through creative and visual storytelling. This individual will build and lead a dependable team of student workers, as well as work closely with the rest of the marketing team, to help set and accomplish strategic content goals consistent with the tone and strategy outlined in Longwood’s brand guide. This position will report to the Assistant Vice President of Digital Marketing and Content Strategy.


  • Plan and develop creative original photography through a variety of techniques (studio, conceptual/fine art, landscape, candid, portrait, action, etc.) for websites, social media, print and other avenues that will help tell Longwood’s story and engage internal and external audiences
  • Capture photography at university events as needed to help support marketing goals
  • Conduct post-production image editing and prepare files for cataloging appropriately
  • Build and manage a dependable team of skilled student photographers (as well as an outside collection of freelancers) to help accomplish content goals and cover events as needed
  • Manage and organize archive of digital photos with appropriate metadata and tagging, as well as assist marketing team in photography recommendations for a wide variety of print and electronic media
  • Coordinate an ongoing calendar of photography, and confer with the rest of the marketing team to determine photographic needs and recommend solutions
  • Remain mission and goal-oriented, placing the brand and strategic marketing needs first
  • Other duties as assigned by Assistant Vice President of Digital Marketing and Content/Strategy


• Considerable amount of experience in professional photography or equivalent combination of training and experience required

  • Must demonstrate strong creative photography talents with working knowledge of advanced photography principles and techniques
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills, including the ability to work effectively under pressure and deal with multiple priorities
  • Must demonstrate the ability to conceptualize new and creative ideas, set and achieve goals, learn and become proficient with new equipment and software, and work independently and in a team environment.
  • Strong project management skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to build relationships and collaborate well with diverse audiences
  • Strong portfolio showcasing high quality, creative photography with an emphasis on people is required. Portfolio must demonstrate advanced photography principles and techniques.Pay Band 4, minimum starting salary of $32,619.Commonwealth of Virginia benefits accompany this position. A successful criminal background investigation is required. Position will be posted a minimum of five days. Review of applications will begin immediately. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply. Submit a completed Commonwealth of Virginia application online at https://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com. Applicants must include all qualifications and work history on the State application. A link to the applicant’s online portfolio must be included in the Additional Information section of the state application. Consideration for an interview is based solely on the information within the application. Resumes will not substitute for a complete application.Human Resources Longwood University
    201 High Street Farmville, VA 23909 Phone: 434-395-2074 Fax: 434-395-2666 Email: humres@longwood.edu


Summer photo courses in Open Studies

“Open Studies” offers photo classes for credit this summer…

MICA Photo is pleased to announce that there will be two very interesting photo courses offered in the “Open Studies” (previously known as Continuing Studies) program here at MICA. Instructor Nick Simko is teaching two different sections:

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CSPH370: “Queer” Photography: Definitions, Dissonances, Departures

Dates: 5/25 to 7/13 on Thursday from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM, 1.5 Credits Offered through MICA Open Studies under “Summer Community Education Courses”

Course Description:

What does it mean to be a “queer” photographer? This term is certainly a loaded one, especially when entangled with the image-maker’s pivotal role in re-presenting themselves and others. The term “queer” is used by some photographers today to contextualize their practice (for purposes such as political intention, subject matter, methodology, etc.) Simultaneously some photographers epitomize “queer”-ness in their work through strategies of purposeful ambiguity and definitional transgression by never allowing the term to come to the fore at all. As we move forward in a cultural climate of national and individual identity emergency (that is, a situation in which “emergence” can occur), this course will aim to expand upon the myriad definitions of what “queer” photography might be.

“Queer Photography: Definitions, Dissonances, and Departures” will feature several thematic studio-based assignments informed by queer theory readings, in-class discussions, written response, and critique. The course will culminate in a self-directed final project that explores the methods in which artists seek out and discover unaccounted-for sites of radical reinvention in the context of their photographic practice.


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CSPH315: Setting the Scene: Staged Photography

Dates: 5/25 to 7/13 on Thursday from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM, 1.5 Credits Offered through MICA Open Studies under “Summer Community Education Courses”

Course Description:

Though the discovery of photography was largely fueled by a desire to objectively capture visible reality, it has equally been a methodology in which to manifest manifold imagined worlds of the photographer’s own invention. As a relatively new medium, less than two hundred years old, photography has produced countless artists who exploit both its possibilities and limitations in order to represent our dreams while also challenging the power of the photograph as a “fact.” These image-makers go to great lengths to enchant, deceive, inspire, and fool their audience, using tactics sourced from theater, film-making, literature, and even by reiterating the very history of art itself. As our contemporary age is governed by a seemingly endless configuration of images, it is now more than ever that we must examine how these constructed photographic narratives shape our world and ourselves.

This course will cover strategies and ideas relating to staged photography. Students will be introduced to a wide variety of artists who have employed an element of fiction, narrative, drama and/or myth into their photographic practice. Through the consideration of historical and contemporary sources, students will be required to develop their own concepts resulting in a cohesive body of work. In order to realize these final projects the coursework will also cover the multifaceted processes of “building” a photographic image including storyboarding, studio lighting, digital imaging techniques, print production and more.



Nick Simko is an interdisciplinary artist and educator. Simko’s studio practice focuses on the deconstruction of visual culture through material experimentation, inventive iconoclasm, and visual play. Simko’s photographs, collage, and tapestries have been exhibited at museums and galleries throughout the United States. Simko holds a BFA degree in Art History, Theory & Criticism from the Maryland Institute College of Art and is presently completing an MFA in Photography at the University of New Mexico.

National Gallery of Art offers new series of photo evenrts

National Gallery of Art launches Spring lectures & demos on photography…

The following programs are made possible by the James D. and Kathryn K. Steele Fund for Photography. These presentations are held in conjunction with East of the Mississippi: Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Photography, the first exhibition to focus exclusively on landscape photographs made in the eastern half of the United States during the 19th century. On view from March 12 through July 16, 2017, East of the Mississippi showcases some 175 works—from daguerreotypes and stereographs to albumen prints and cyanotypes—by numerous photographers whose efforts have often gone unheralded. Celebrating natural wonders such as Niagara Falls and the White Mountains, as well as capturing a cultural landscape fundamentally altered by industrialization, the Civil War, and tourism, these photographs not only helped shape America’s national identity but also played a role in the emergence of environmentalism.

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April 23 at 12:00 p.m.

James Welling, artist

East Building Auditorium

James Welling discusses his series Railroad Photographs, made from 1987 to 2000 in the context of his 19th-century predecessors. Fascinated with railroads since childhood, Welling has photographed train and railroad landscapes, radiating out from his home in New York City up through Connecticut, Massachusetts, upstate New York, to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, and eventually Wyoming and California.


Picturing Landscape through Nineteenth-Century Photographic Processes

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France Scully Osterman, artist, educator, lecturer at Scully & Osterman Studio, and guest scholar at George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film

East Building Auditorium

France Scully Osterman provides an overview of historical photographic processes used to create works in the exhibition East of the Mississippi: Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Photography. Osterman also demonstrates how to make cyanotypes and salted paper prints, two popular 19th-century photographic processes. Beginning with coating papers by hand, she prints the light-sensitive papers with collodion negatives, and she then elaborates on the similarities between the salted paper and albumen printing processes and how they were toned. Osterman will also show examples of photographic techniques, including retouching negatives and waxing prints.


The Geography of Culture: Photographic Narratives in the Landscape of the American East

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Mitch Epstein, artist

East Building Auditorium

Mitch Epstein shares how the distress of the New England industrial town of his childhood and the vibrancy of the city of New York, where he’s lived for 45 years, have informed his photographic sensibility. Epstein traces his work, drawn from the eastern United States for nearly five decades, and considers it in the context of his 19th-century predecessors.


Events are free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-seated basis. Registration is not required.

Photo Credit: James Welling, courtesy of the artist (detail); Photo (detail) by Mark Osterman; Mitch Epstein, Amos Coal Power Plant, Raymond City, West Virginia 2004 (detail)

Jay Gould featured in Hopkins exhibition

MICA Photo faculty, Jay Gould, shows new work at Johns Hopkins…

MICA Photo is pleased to announce the upcoming reception for the opening of Jay Gould’s new exhibition, “Extreme Materials & Conditions”. This show is part of Jay’s collaborative effort with the HEMI/MICA artist-in-residence at Hopkins.  This video gives an a glimpse of the work that Jay has been doing with the lab a Hopkins. Please come and attend the opening reception, and kudos to Jay for this outstanding collaboration!


Job opportunity at Full Circle!

Full Circle Fine Art Services in Baltimore, MD is currently looking for a Digital Imaging Specialist!

See the link below for the full job description and application information!

Digital Imaging Specialist Job Description

Photo Faculty, Tom Baird, exhibiting new work in Wilgus Gallery

Tom Baird exhibition now on display in the Wilgus Gallery…

MICA Photo is pleased to announce the current show in the Wilgus Gallery:

 “BYE: Recent Photographs by Tom Baird”

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Wilgus Gallery  •  Main Building Gallery  •  Ground Floor  •  April 15 – May 5, 2017

This show marks the end of a long career of teaching photography for Tom Baird. Tom has been teaching at MICA for over 40 years, and will be retiring from his position at the conclusion of this semester. This show serves as Tom’s farewell exhibition to the MICA community. Tom will still be dropping by occasionally to work in the darkrooms, but you should come by to say hello before the semester ends. Best of luck, Tom!