Photography classes at Deerfield seek to engage and inspire. Our courses range from introductory to Advanced Placement and specialized tutorials, with content that delves deep into art history and addresses contemporary issues in photography. We explore the technical aspects of a variety of film and digital cameras, and work with processing techniques that range from nineteenth century cyanotype to twenty-first century Giclée printing. All projects are designed to teach skills in maximizing the potential of the camera while allowing students creative freedom.

We take many field trips to diversify our source material, visiting local farms, urban landscapes, waterfalls, and greenhouses. We also take annual trips to MassMOCA, DeCordova Sculpture Park, the Yale Art Museum, NYC, and Boston.

The newly renovated photography studios are loaded with DSLRs, lenses, tripods, and advanced editing software–available to every student enrolled in photography. We have an exceptional wet darkroom to employ for our work with alternative processes and silverprinting. Once your work is printed, there are many locales to exhibit your photographs on campus, including a new sky-lit gallery, plus additional exhibition spaces in virtually every building on campus.

It is an excellent time to explore photography at Deerfield. The program is thriving and we are fully prepared to nurture your interests in this exciting medium. If you have any questions about photography, film/video, or studio art at Deerfield, please feel free to call, write, or drop by the Arts Center when you come to campus for a visit.

See some recent student work in the AP Photography Portfolios, below.