The photography and film department is committed to providing a wide range
of hands-on experiences in traditional photography, digital photography,
video, and related disciplines. Using these technical and conceptual foundations,
we seek to inspire students to further artistic explorations. We place great
emphasis on skill development as well as perceptual and analytical skills,
and we strive to strike a balance between these proficiencies and the student's
need for expressive freedom.
Few schools--indeed, few colleges--can match Hotchkiss' photography
and videography facilities. In addition to a large classroom studio,
there is a teaching darkroom with nine enlargers and four smaller darkrooms.
The facility also has a second classroom for screening films, videos,
and slides; a video editing room; and a print finishing room where students
prepare work for exhibition. Student work is exhibited in the halls of
the Main Building and appears in various school publications. Our student
work has also been very competitive in Connecticut and national scholastic
art competitions. Students are also responsible for the photography in The
Mischianza, our yearbook, and Hotchkiss Television (HTV) offers
an outlet for students interested in broadcast journalism.
The long-standing tradition of bringing quality art and photography
to our students and to the community continues with the Tremaine Gallery.
In recent years, the gallery has exhibited the work of such renowned
photographers as Harry Callahan, Jim Dow, Walker Evans, Edward Ranney
'60, Walter Rosenblum, Aaron Siskind, Ruth Thorne-Thomsen, Carl Chiarenza,
and Jerry N. Uelsmann.
Photography courses fulfill the arts requirement.