Photography has a long tradition at The Ohio State University dating back to the 1890s. The Photography Area is committed to a continuous exploration and redefinition of what it means to use photography as a personal and critical endeavor. Part of the strength of our program comes from being part of a large university community. We encourage cross-fertilization not only with other areas in the Department of Art, but also with areas outside the department.
Four professors and visiting artists form the core of the Photography Area and cover all aspects of photographic production. A technical assistant supervises the photography facilities located in Hopkins Hall and include: black & white labs, wet color lab, alternative processes lab, enlargers and view cameras through 8'' x 10'', continuous and non-continuous lighting studios, and a digital darkroom with Mac stations, 8K film recorder, flat bed scanners, and Epson 17" through 44" printers. Students complement their extensive photographic studio practice with courses in the history and theory of the medium offered within the Photography Area.
The Rare Book Library at the Thompson Library holds more than 40,000 volumes and houses the Rinehart Collection of daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes, and 19th-century paper prints, as well as a collection of 20th-century prints. The library also houses more than 6,000 photographic titles, which constitutes one of the top five university collections in the country.
In addition, photography students have access to courses in holography, video editing, and the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design, known internationally as one of the top centers in animation, 3D modeling, and interactive computing.