Landmarks: Photographed Ciphers of Time and Place

COURSE DATES: June 26 to July 9, 2017

  • Transform your portfolio under the guidance of internationally-celebrated photographers. Learn about making, exhibiting, and publishing photographs.
  • Participate in individual and group critiques of your photographic art. Renowned professionals will review and provide feedback on your work.
  • Build your professional skills and contacts.
  • Think broadly. Within the course’s framework our teaching team will encourage diversity of expression, problem solving skills, and visual learning.
  • This course will culminate in a public exhibition of student work.

undergrad: ART 420/3 units
graduate: ART 620/3 units


Anyone with photographic skills beyond the basics should consider this class. A working knowledge of their camera and either Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom is required. Intermediate undergraduate through graduate level photography students and beyond will benefit from this course.

1) Submit a brief resume and website or blog address with 5 to 10 examples of your photographic work (or a pdf with image samples), and/or a statement describing your interest in this course and your skill level.
2) Upload the materials listed in step one with your completed Registration Form by May 1, 2017.

Professor Tom Patton


Byron Wolfe is a Professor and the Photography Program Director and Graduate Advisor at Tyler School of Art, Center for the Arts, at Temple University. He has four book publications – one solo, three collaborative – and has another coming out in January 2017. Byron has designed and published interactive media and e-books. He has had numerous exhibitions and his work is held in many permanent collections including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas, The Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, Missouri. Byron is a recipient of the Santa Fe Prize for Photography and a Guggenheim Fellow.

Rebecca Cummins is a Professor of Art at the University of Washington, Seattle. She explores the sculptural, experiential, and sometimes humorous possibilities of light and natural phenomena (often referencing the history of optics). Her installations have incorporated a rainbow machine, a camera obscura/fibre-optic journey through the center of the earth, paranoid dinner-table devices (Liquid Scrutiny referenced a 17th century Czech camera obscura goblet), an interactive computer/video rifle (To Fall Standing updated French physiologist E.J.Marey’s photographic rifle of 1882), and a periscope birdbath. In the spirit of 19th century chimeras, portable camera obscuras have merged with garbage bins, flowerpots, portable toilets, birdhouses, mobile homes, televisions, and Tibetan cheese boxes. Rebecca was recently awarded the Chancellor’s Award from the University of Technology, Sydney for the outstanding University 2003 PhD dissertation entitled Necro-Techno: Examples from an Archeology of Media. She has exhibited widely in Australia, the United States, and Europe.

David Stephenson is an American-born photomedia artist who has lived in Hobart, Australia since 1982. He studied art and art history at the University of Colorado and the University of New Mexico, completing an MFA in 1982, and then moved to Australia that same year to take a position teaching photography at the University of Tasmania. A fascination for the vast in space and time has led him to travel and photograph extensively around the world, with journeys to Europe, the Himalayas, and both the Arctic and Antarctic. His second visit to Antarctica in 1991 stimulated his first exhibited work in video, which has continued to be an aspect his practice.  A meditation on the sublime has guided David’s artistic practice over four decades, which has evolved through long-term, interrelated projects of inquiry. His photographic typologies of the transcendent ceilings of European sacred architecture have been published in two monographs with Princeton Architectural Press: Visions of Heaven: The Dome in European Architecture (2005) and Heavenly Vaults: From Romanesque to Gothic in European Architecture (2009).  His photographs and video have been exhibited extensively internationally, including solo exhibitions at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (1993), the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (1994), the Paisley Museum and Art Gallery, Scotland (1995), the National Gallery of Victoria, (1998), the Cleveland Museum of Art (2001), and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (2001). His work is represented in many public and private collections including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Art Gallery of South Australia, the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Queensland Art Gallery, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, the International Museum of Photography and Film at George Eastman House, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.