The John Dugdale School

April 7, 2011

Photographer and alumnus John Dugdale (BFA 1983 Photography) has announced the opening of The John Dugdale School of 19th Century Photography and Aesthetics, an intimate educational experience in New York State’s Hudson Valley. Dugdale built the school on his 12-acre farm property in Ulster County, and is offering immersive three-day courses that accommodate six students each.

“It is my desire that students become immersed in the stillness of the past, relieved from the distractions of cell phones, computers and the digital world,” says Dugdale. “For two and a half days we will work in a wooden schoolhouse designed for this purpose, flooded with natural light, creating photographs with large format 19th century view cameras. Working in tandem with daylight and dusk, the tilt of the earth, the changing seasons, and the turning of the stars, life will slow down enough for us to realize the natural passage of time and to understand how light passes through a lens.” Courses being offered in summer and fall 2011 include Wedgwood: The Birth of Photography, The Mirror Image: Self-Portraiture and September’s Song: A Symphony of the Mind.

For more information on the syllabus and enrollment, visit

Image: Photo courtesy of The John Dugdale School.

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