Photography in New York City

"Pause" by Terry Boddie

"This is one of the most important photography workshops in the Metropolitan area. It brings together a diversity of accomplished and interesting working photographers and scholars to create programs that offer an extraordinary educational resource and opportunity for students." – Professor Bob Rogers, director, photography program, Queensborough Community College

SUNY Empire provides professional photographers and photography students in New York City the resources they need to complete their undergraduate degree, with specifically tailored curricula that takes advantage of the unique offerings available in the Metropolitan area.

The Arts NYC program offers proximity to cultural resources, such as galleries and museums, as well as activities such as lecture series and class trips, including the annual "Dusk to Dawn" photography field trip.


  • photojournalism
  • women in photography
  • documentary photography
  • multicultural photography

Focus areas include:

  • documentary photography
  • photojournalism
  • portraiture
  • fashion photography
  • fine art photography
  • digital imaging

Individualized studies in various aspects of both film and digital photography are also available.

Students enrolled in the Arts NYC program study photography in an open and carefully organized atmosphere based on involvement and learning through experience. The core workshops cater to a full range of students, from those with no experience in photography or the arts, to professional photographers.

Our digital lab provides access to digital imaging software programs and archival printing as a component of study groups and individualized studies.


  • Terry Boddie, mentor

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