Fall Break hours

MICA Photo will have limited access during Fall Break…

Hello everyone…We are posting this now so that you will be aware of our changes to our lab hours during the Fall Break. We will close at 6PM on Friday October 18th. We will be open from 9AM-5PM on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday (10/19 – 10/22). We apologize in advance for any inconvenience.

MICA Photo student shows in Aperture exhibition

Faith Couch (class of 2019) featured in Aperture exhibition in New York City…

The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion
Curated by Antwaun Sargent

Nadine Ijewere, Untitled, 2018, from The New Black Vanguard (Aperture, 2019)
© Nadine Ijewere, for Garage magazine

Photographs by Campbell Addy, Arielle Bobb-Willis, Micaiah Carter, Awol Erizku, Nadine Ijewere, Quil Lemons, Namsa Leuba, Renell Medrano, Tyler Mitchell, Jamal Nxedlana, Daniel Obasi, Ruth Ossai, Adrienne Raquel, Dana Scruggs, and Stephen Tayo.

The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion presents fifteen artists, whose vibrant portraits and conceptual images fuse the genres of art and fashion photography in ways that break down long-established boundaries. Their work has been widely consumed in traditional lifestyle magazines, ad campaigns, and museums, as well as on their individual social-media channels, reinfusing the contemporary visual vocabulary around beauty and the body with new vitality and substance. The images open up conversations around the roles of the black body and black lives as subject matter; collectively, they celebrate black creativity and the cross-pollination between art, fashion, and culture in constructing an image. Seeking to challenge the idea that blackness is homogenous, the works serve as a form of visual activism. It’s a perspective often seen from this loose movement of emerging talents, who are creating photography in vastly different contexts—New York and Johannesburg, Lagos and London. The results—often made in collaboration with black stylists and fashion designers—present new perspectives on the medium of photography and the notions of race and beauty, gender and power.

This exhibition includes selected works from groundbreaking contemporary photographers. The framed work sits alongside vitrines of publications, past and present, that contextualize these images and chart the history of inclusion, and exclusion, in the creation of the commercial black image, while simultaneously proposing a brilliantly reenvisioned future.

Also including photographs by:

Lawrence Agyei, Daveed Baptiste, Faith Couch, Yannis Davy Guibinga, Delphine Diallo, Rhea Dillon, Cary Fagan, Justin French, Erica Génécé, Denzel Golatt, Travis Gumbs, Texas Isaiah, Seye Isikalu, Adama Jalloh, Manny Jefferson, Joshua Kissi, Myles Loftin, Ronan Mckenzie, Tyra Mitchell, Travys Owen, Lucie Rox, Makeda Sandford, Cécile Smetana Baudier, Isaac West, Joshua Woods

Opening Reception:
Thursday, October 24, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Antwaun Sargent is an independent writer, curator, and critic, whose work has been published in the New YorkerNew York TimesWVogueVICE, and various museum catalogues, among other publications.

This exhibition is presented in partnership with Airbnb Magazine.

Aperture call for applicants

2020 Aperture Work Scholar program seeks applicants (deadline soon!)…

The Aperture Foundation has announced that the Spring 2020 Aperture Work Scholar program is currently accepting applications. The deadline for the upcoming term is quickly approaching (October 15)! Please check the following link, aperture.org/internships, to learn more about the program and view the application guidelines. 

Interested students should contact:
Emily Stewart
Manager of Education
and Engagement Programs
Aperture Foundation
547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor 
New York, N.Y. 10001 

Tenure-Track position at Cal State

Cal State Long Beach seeks Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Photography…

We would like to announce that we are currently conducting a search for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Photography here in the School of Art at California State University, Long Beach.

The official position announcement can be found here:  Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Photography (Recruitment #2598). http://www.csulb.edu/academic-affairs/faculty-affairs/assistant-professor-of-photography-2598

The Photography program at CSULB emphasizes the medium’s central position in contemporary art practice, and embraces both expanded and traditional approaches, facilitating a wide range of student interests. The program serves BFA/MFA Photography majors, BA, BFA and MFA Studio Art majors, Photography minors, and non-majors pursuing photography coursework. Course offerings currently include such topics as contemporary practices in color photography, the moving image, digital photography, advanced black-and-white printing, studio practices, a theory and criticism seminar, experimental approaches, and a senior level course in photo-based art making. The program is enriched by the School of Art’s breadth of curriculum, active student art galleries, distinguished visiting artists and scholars, CSULB’s campus art museum, and its proximity to the many museums and galleries in the greater Los Angeles area.

CSULB seeks to recruit faculty who enthusiastically support the University’s strong commitment to the academic success of all of our students, including students of color, students with disabilities, first generation college students, veterans, students with diverse socio-economic backgrounds, and students of diverse sexual orientations and gender expressions.  CSULB seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the People of California, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students a rich variety of expertise, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning. 

Information on excellent benefits package available to CSULB faculty is located here: https://www2.calstate.edu/csu-system/careers/benefits/Documents/cfa-unit-3-benefits-summary.pdf

We are looking for a colleague who can develop meaningful approaches to teaching, creative work, and service in response to our unique and highly diverse community of artists and scholars. 

Photographer makes work in extreme climates

Thomas Joshua Cooper and “The Atlas of Emptiness and Extremity”…

Embedded in Cooper’s work is a critique of what he calls the “conniving, disruptive, venal, and murderous” impulses of colonization, the slaughter that followed in the explorers’ wake, or that they themselves perpetrated.
Photograph by Thomas Joshua Cooper

Photographer, Thomas Joshua Cooper, has been working for 30+ years to complete a body of work that features B&W images from the most remote places on Earth. The New Yorker Magazine is featuring the artist and his work, and you can view the story here:


Janella Branch ’19, Sarah Eckstine ’20, Donovan Levy ’19, Max Strode ’19 exhibition in China

Phylicia Ghee Artist Talk 10/2 @ 9:30am

Please join Regina and The Body in Photography Weds, Oct 2 at 9:30 for a talk with artist and alumnae Phylicia Ghee

Phylicia Ghee is an interdisciplinary visual artist and photographer; her artwork documents transition, explores healing, ritual, ceremony & personal rites of passage. Phylicia is interested in the intersection between the physical and the spiritual. Her work serves as both a medicine and a vehicle for epigenetics & neuroplasticityTaught by her Grandfather at a very early age, Phylicia works in photography, performance, video, fibers, mixed media, installation & painting