SVA’s BFA Photography course Photo Editing/Curatorial Projects I & II was the focus of a recent article in Photo District News. The course, which is currently co-taught by noted collector, photography strategist, and BFA Photography faculty member W. M. (Bill) Hunt and industry expert and Inc. managing editor Alexandra Brez was initiated in 2001 by Brez and Stephen Frailey, chair of the BFA Photography department. “The class has a dual purpose,” Frailey explained to Ellen Wallenstein (also a BFA Photography faculty member) in PDN. “It’s about the business of editing and curating, but also about how the subject matter of an image is flexible depending on its use….” In addition to valuable visits to galleries, museums and magazine publishers, the article explained how students also write about the work of other photographers in order to develop their ability to offer pertinent critiques.
Wallenstein also noted that Brez and Hunt have high standards for their students, making class an exciting challenge. Students complete weekly writing assignments that are also verbally presented in order to persuade classmates that the images being discussed are worth viewing. From these experiences, students gain “an elegance of presentation and some confidence about their work,” said Hunt. While Brez emphasized, “It’s still important to be a student. To make art—to make it wrong—take chances, have fun. After all, it is art school.”
To read the full article, visit PDN.