Come Check Us Out This Friday Oct 25th!

Please join us this Friday, October 25th for a fun-filled, informative day of events featuring the College of Humanities and the Arts, including our Photography Program!
The day will feature:

11am-2pm: student organization exhibition in Art Quad including demonstrations with various media, including photography (Sun prints pictured below!)

1-4pm: student showcase in the Student Union Barret Ballroom (2nd floor) including a professional lighting setup and Photo Booth

Also, The Photo Palace, a traveling darkroom housed in a former school bus, designed and run by one of our former Photo students, Anton Orlov who has travelled around the country running photo workshops in his bus!

Refreshments will be provided. Upload pictures on Instagram and hashtag #2013HADay for your chance to win a prize. We will select pictures and announce winners every hour during the showcase.

Please join us and spread the word! We look forward to seeing you and/or your friends there!

Carrie Mae Weems at Stanford University

invites you to preview this unforgettable exhibition


Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video
On view October 16–January 5, 2014
This is the first major museum retrospective devoted to contemporary artist and photographer Carrie Mae Weems—widely acclaimed as one of today’s most eloquent and respected interpreters of the African American experience. More than 100 photographs, installations, and videos offer an unprecedented and compelling survey of Weems’s 30-year involvement with issues of race, gender, and class. Don’t miss the lecture by Carrie Mae Weems on Wednesday, October 16 at 6:30 pm. Details about the lecture and a dance performance are below. Press release is online and pasted in below.

Artist’s Lecture: Carrie Mae Weems
Wednesday evening, October 16, 6:30 pm, FREE
Cemex Auditorium,  641 Knight Way, Stanford University
Acclaimed contemporary artist and photographer Carrie Mae Weems discusses her art on the opening day of her retrospective, Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and VideoLearn more

Docent Tours
Thursdays, 12:15 pm, Saturdays and Sundays, 2 pm, through January 5, FREE

Dance Performance: “Being Scene”
Thursday, November 7, performance, 6 pm, reception and discussion in Cantor auditorium, 7 pm, FREE
This performance is staged in galleries throughout the museum and presents work developed this fall in a course taught by Aleta Hayes, lecturer in the dance division of Theater and Performance studies. The performance also draws from the Cantor exhibition Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and VideoLearn more

Visitor Information
– FREE Admission
– OPEN: Wednesday–Sunday 11 am–5 pm and Thursday evenings until 8 pm
– LOCATED on the Stanford campus, off Palm Drive at Museum Way
– Phone 650-723-4177     Web
– FREE PARKING on all day on weekends and after 4 pm weekdays.  Pay parking ($1.50 per hour) at other times.
– Maps, directions:   

Press Release
First Large-Scale Retrospective Devoted to Acclaimed Artist Carrie Mae Weems 
Exhibition features more than 100 works tracing Weems’s career as an artist and social activist
October 16–January 5, 2014 at Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University

Stanford, Calif. — The first major museum retrospective devoted to contemporary artist Carrie Mae Weems—widely acclaimed as one of today’s most eloquent and respected interpreters of the African American experience—opens October 16 at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University. More than 100 intellectually challenging and aesthetically compelling photographs, installations and videos offer an unprecedented survey of Weems’s 30-year exploration of the universal human journey, especially as affected by race, gender and class. Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video remains on view at the Cantor until January 5, 2014. It then continues its national tour and moves to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City.
Comprehensive in scope, the exhibition traces the evolution of Weems’s career from her early documentary and autobiographical photographic series to the more conceptual and philosophically complex works that have placed her in the forefront of contemporary art. Major themes that have engaged Weems are all included—personal narrative, the legacy and locales of slavery, contemporary perceptions of African Americans and the universal struggle for equality.

– Carrie Mae Weems. A Broad and Expansive Sky—Ancient Rome from Roaming; 2006. Digital chromogenic print; 73 x 61 in. Private collection; Portland; Oregon. © Carrie Mae Weems.
– Carrie Mae Weems. Afro-Chic (video still), 2010. DVD, 5 minutes, 30 seconds. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. © Carrie Mae Weems.
– Carrie Mae Weems. Untitled (Man and mirror) from Kitchen Table Series, 1990. Archival pigment print, 40 x 40 in. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. © Carrie Mae Weems.

Photographer Sant Khalsa – Tuesday Night Lecture Series

Please join us in welcoming Sant Khalsa, artist, photographer and installation artist, as part of our Tuesday Night Lecture Series.

“Sant Khalsa is an artist, educator and activist living in Southern California since 1975. Her artworks develop from her inquiry into the nature of place and the complex environmental and societal issues present and visible in the landscape of the American West…”

In addition to an abundant body of work, numerous published books, and a long list of prestigious awards, Sant also ran the Photography program at CSU San Bernardino where she is currently Professor of Art, Emeritus.

Date: Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Time: 5pm

Location: Art 133 (Art Building, 1st floor lecture hall)

BFA Portfolio Review – Fall 2013

Welcome back everyone!

Think you might want to apply for a BFA in Photography?

If you have earned less than 90 units, the process is simple!

Apply for the BFA Portfolio Review 

Thursday, October 31st
Applications will be due @ the Art Office (Art 116) by 5PM.

The *new* BFA in Photography:

  • Now 120 units, just like the BA Art!
  • Won’t take any longer to graduate!
  • A more prestigious degree for future Photographic artists & commercial professionals!

Application link:

Contact Valerie Mendoza @ for more information.

Meet with any Photo instructor now and start preparing your successful portfolio!

Spring 2012

The Spring 2012 semester has started.  Students are trying to add into classes and the facilities are almost in place to support a new semesters worth of art.  Check back here for news on current shows and events soon.  Walking through the art building I noted there are several shows which incorporate photography, I don’t know if they are, “Photography” shows.

New Photo Website & Blog

Welcome to the new SJSU Photography Department website and blog. Here you can find information regarding advising, links to past students, BFA Show announcements, and much more. We will also be blogging about photography-related shows in the Bay Area, posting current student work, interviewing students both past and present, and diving deep into the vast photographic resource that is MLK Library.

Be sure to follow the blog by bookmarking us or saving our RSS ( and while you are at it check out the Photography Department’s Facebook group. If you have any suggestions about what you want to see here, send an email to either or