Photography

Our students capture the world in their lenses through photojournalism and illustration photography.

A photo of a man by an underpass holding a sign that reads, "Homeless, hungry, please help."

Our multimedia photography and design programs prepare students for creative careers by teaching both traditional storytelling and the latest technology.

As a Newhouse photography student, you can develop your skills with a focus in one of two professional tracks:

  • Photojournalism and Editorial Photography
    If you enjoy the excitement of being in the field capturing a story as it unfolds or telling a story of the human condition using images, sound and text, the photojournalism sequence will likely interest you. Visual journalists work online and in print.
  • Commercial and Advertising Phtoography
    If you're interested in illustration photography, you'll likely enjoy working in a studio capturing images for advertising, fashion and portraits to be used in print and online. 

Build skills, add your creative vision

Both multimedia photo sequences emphasize production skills, including still imaging, video and sound using a vast array of software and state-of-the-art imaging methods to construct multimedia projects. As a photography major, you also develop skills in graphic design and writing, which will enhance your portfolio and presentation. Photographers are also grounded in communications ethics and law and learn about entrepreneurship.

You can further enhance your visual communications experience through work on one of many campus publications or collaboration with other majors on journalism projects, or on advertising or public relations campaigns. Broaden your perspective and add greater variety and depth to your experiences by studying photography in London through SU Abroad.

Featured Faculty:
Gregory Heisler

This is a photo of Gregory Heisler
Distinguished Professor of Photography Multimedia Photography & Design Also teaches in: Photography Communications Photography Illustration Photography

Gregory Heisler works with undergraduate and graduate students in class and individually to identify and develop their unique visual signature as he teaches them the language of image-making. This signature transcends genres like documentary, commercial or fine art, and reveals itself in both still and moving imagery. It’s a unique point of view informed by the history of the medium, shaped by mastery of its tools and expressed with clarity of intention.

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