Photography New


Our MFA program in Photography is ranked #5 in the country by the US News & World Report Graduate School Rankings

The Photography Program is a fluid investigation into visual literacy focusing on the creative possibilities of lens-based imaging.

Beginning with the introductory course, students create work that combines concept and technique with an awareness of contemporary art theory. Emphasis is placed on the student’s personal growth through aesthetic and intellectual development. This rigorous education in contemporary artistic and cultural practices, accompanied by classes in photographic history, enables students to develop a critical understanding of how photographic practices form and reflect our world.


The photography area’s facilities serve several hundred students every semester as they explore the art of photography in all its manifestations. Recognizing the need for contemporary, yet diverse workspaces we offer state-of-the-art digital labs, fully functional darkrooms and non-silver labs, a well-equipped lighting studio, and an in-depth installation and performance space.

We have two digital labs, one for undergraduates and one for graduate students. The undergraduate lab is equipped with one Epson 9900 (44” wide prints), two P7000’s (24” wide prints), and six Canon Pro-1’s (13” wide prints). The graduate lab is equipped with one Epson P9000 (44” wide prints), one Howtek D4000 Drum Scanner, and one Epson 10000xl (flatbed scanner). The black & white facilities consist of a gang darkroom with 12 enlargers (Saunders LPL, Omega D2, Besseler), each capable of printing negatives up to 4×5”.

We also have a range of digital cameras, lighting kits, large format cameras, and medium format cameras, as well as many other items available for checkout to enrolled students. Equipment is available for checkout Monday-Friday, from 9am-4pm, for a period of three days (longer-term accommodations can be made for specific projects).

Please see the link below for our equipment list and digital reservation system:

For question on specific lab policies please email

Photo Lab Hours:

Monday-Thursday: 9am-9pm
Friday: 9am-5pm
Saturday-Sunday: 10am-5pm


headshot of Jim Stone

Jim Stone

Distinguished Professor

Jim Stone is an exhibiting artist who uses photography. He studied mechanical engineering and architecture while an undergraduate at MIT, but turned to photography while taking classes there from Minor White...

Meggan Gould

Meggan Gould

Associate Chair, Associate Professor

Meggan Gould’s photographic work primarily seeks to visualize the act of seeing in new ways, using photographs and the act of photographing as a departure point in various groups of work. She is a graduate of...

Patrick Manning

Patrick Manning

Associate Professor

Patrick Craig Manning is an Associate Professor of Photography at the University of New Mexico. Born in Seattle, WA, he received degrees in photography and archeology from the University of Washington and his MFA...