About LSU Photography

Tom Neff and students at the annual grad walk event

The School of Art offers concentrations in photography for both the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree and the Master of Fine arts (MFA) degree. An undergraduate minor is also available.

The Photography area merges new and traditional techniques with the critical concerns of contemporary art. Students explore a full array of conventional and experimental processes through course work and independent study in darkrooms and studios available for work in black and white, color, large format, non-silver, studio lighting, and digital photography. Additionally, Gallery 229 exists within the area to exhibit the work of student and guest photographers.

Students receive guidance and exposure to a broad range of critical issues and aesthetic perspectives by studying with faculty who represent diverse artistic concerns. Complementing the teaching of faculty visiting artists offer students an opportunity to study with leaders in the field. Recent visiting artist include Alec Soth, Bastienne Schmidt, and Deborah Luster. Students are expected to form and refine a visual philosophy, utilizing photographic technique as an expressive tool.