Marginalia, Graduate Blog

Studio Space

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The Ireland study abroad trip for Columbia’s Photography MFA students is so incredibly worth it. The above image is another photograph of the site, which is obviously phenomenal. But the real treasure is having the time in January to be exclusively connected to our studio space, making for a highly productive month.

We have been thinking and talking a lot about what a studio is and its importance (or lack thereof). For Richard Long, the studio is simply a room for concentrated correspondence and book design. His actual work is conceived and laid out in the world. In a way, his studio practice is simply a practice of walking and engaging in a landscape.

Studio Space

The Ireland study abroad trip for Columbia’s Photography MFA students is so incredibly worth it. The above image is another photograph of the site, which is obviously phenomenal. But the …

Photography, MFA Whit Forrester, whit.forrester@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

On-Site: Study Abroad

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Essentially the 360 degree view of the region.

Columbia’s graduate photography students are blessed with an opportunity to study abroad in Ireland, as I’ve stated in previous posts. However, I wasn’t prepared for how beautiful Ireland was actually going to be in January. The tiny town of Ballyvaughan is home, by the ocean, in front of the most biodiverse region in Ireland. There is a small grocer, cheaper, in some cases, than stores in the United States. The town is covered in ancient buildings, a church and lots of ivy.

On-Site: Study Abroad

Columbia’s graduate photography students are blessed with an opportunity to study abroad in Ireland, as I’ve stated in previous posts. However, I wasn’t prepared for how beautiful Ireland was actually going to be in …

Photography, MFA Whit Forrester, whit.forrester@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Art Basel Miami 2015

 

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I am pleased to announce that I was invited by Edgezones to go back to Basel this year and perform in their PerforMIA festival.  I cleared it with my professors to get permisssion first, and am happy to report that the experience at Basel is very mixed.

Art Basel Miami 2015

  I am pleased to announce that I was invited by Edgezones to go back to Basel this year and perform in their PerforMIA festival.  I cleared it with my …

Photography, MFA Whit Forrester, whit.forrester@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Graduate Study Abroad In Ireland!

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The popular shamrock of ireland.

I feel really blessed to be part of Columbia’s ongoing Ireland Study Abroad Program!  In the past five years, the Columbia photography program has established a relationship with the Burren College of Art in western Ireland over by Galway.  Each year for the past 3 we have sent a small cohort of students to the Burren College of Art to pursue intensive creative, often studio based work for approximately 3 weeks.  The program is facilitated on Columbia’s end by Kelli Connell, and this year almost the entire first year, myself and two of the third years are going, including one person who has been before.  Kelli has told us to invest in some wool if you can.  It’s how the Irish survive their weather.

Graduate Study Abroad In Ireland!

I feel really blessed to be part of Columbia’s ongoing Ireland Study Abroad Program!  In the past five years, the Columbia photography program has established a relationship with the Burren …

Photography, MFA Whit Forrester, whit.forrester@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Affinity In The Tall Grasses of California

5 cannabis drying in the trim room with halloweens leftovers

In 2011 I started working on a project that was looking at the connections between Medical Cannabis and HIV and AIDS, specifically at the queer contribution to the movements for legal access to Cannabis.

Affinity In The Tall Grasses of California

In 2011 I started working on a project that was looking at the connections between Medical Cannabis and HIV and AIDS, specifically at the queer contribution to the movements for …

Photography, MFA Whit Forrester, whit.forrester@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

International Student Profile: George Chen (Zhi Qiao)

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It seems as though every incoming year has at least one international student for the 3 different years represented currently at the Columbia photography program.  Elina Ruka, Latvian, graduates this upcoming spring.  Her work interrogates interesting relationships between water and the image, rooted in her own incredible fear of it (water).  Anahid Ghorbani, Iranian, is in her first year in the program and is looking at which relates to her identity as Iranian by (so far) playing with projected images of ancient ruins from her country on walls and on her body.  And then there is George Chen.

George is in my year, and from the first day has been one of the easiest people for me to connect with in my program.  He’s impressively positive, and has a very kind way about him that makes him instantly appreciated in every social circle he finds himself in.  George’s aspirations are not simply photographic, but also looking towards curatorial, with a strong interest in continuing the work of running a gallery – something which his family in Beijing already does.

International Student Profile: George Chen (Zhi Qiao)

It seems as though every incoming year has at least one international student for the 3 different years represented currently at the Columbia photography program.  Elina Ruka, Latvian, graduates this …

Photography, MFA Whit Forrester, whit.forrester@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Tearing Down the Walls: A (Re) Invigoration of One of the Top 10 Programs

From my series “Affinity in the Tall Grasses of California”

As of 52 days, 9 hours and 13 minutes ago I am officially the new Graduate Ambassador for the Photography Department at Columbia College of Chicago.  This is very exciting.
That being said, my goodness, hello.  That’s me in the picture, just waking up and taking on the day.  It’s so nice that you are reading this blog!  You must be really, really interested in a) Photography and the Photographic and b) Graduate School.  How blessed we both are that you are looking at the Graduate Blog?!  Very, very blessed.  I would like to take some time on this first blog of blogs, to introduce you a little bit to my own story of why I chose Columbia and to follow up with some information about the recent changes in our Program.
Tearing Down the Walls: A (Re) Invigoration of One of the Top 10 Programs

As of 52 days, 9 hours and 13 minutes ago I am officially the new Graduate Ambassador for the Photography Department at Columbia College of Chicago.  This is very exciting. …

Photography, MFA Whit Forrester, whit.forrester@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Cameras for Kids

Lena Vieira

Pine Ridge Native American Reservation in South Dakota

In the summer of 2014, Columbia College Photo Department students—led by Dan Wessell (BA, 2014)—planned, organized, and carried out an analog photography workshop for residents of the Pine Ridge Native American Reservation in South Dakota.

Cameras for Kids

In the summer of 2014, Columbia College Photo Department students—led by Dan Wessell (BA, 2014)—planned, organized, and carried out an analog photography workshop for residents of the Pine Ridge Native …

Photography MFA Jasmine Clark, jasmine.clark@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

2 down, 1 to go

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Congrats to Photo MFA Class of 2015 – Glass Curtain Toast

My second year of graduate school is over! Congrats to all the 2015 Graduates, especially the graduate ambassadors, book&paper/interarts grads, and my original photo cohort. For those who were unable to see the MFA Photography show, I included some images taken by Allison Clarke of the exhibition. Check out the other graduates: Phaedra Call, Ilana Cheyfitz, Juan Giraldo, Yeinier Gonzalez, Elaine Catherine Miller, and Lena Vieira.

2 down, 1 to go

My second year of graduate school is over! Congrats to all the 2015 Graduates, especially the graduate ambassadors, book&paper/interarts grads, and my original photo cohort. For those who were unable …

Photography MFA Jasmine Clark, jasmine.clark@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Semester updates

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SPE NOLA trip

Long overdue update! The semester is the busiest I have been since I started graduate school and there are only four weeks left! I currently hold four jobs:

Semester updates

Long overdue update! The semester is the busiest I have been since I started graduate school and there are only four weeks left! I currently hold four jobs:

Photography MFA Jasmine Clark, jasmine.clark@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605