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Process-Oriented Photography:
Polaroids and Pinholes


1: 6/24/2024 - 7/7/2024


Visual Art & Design


Delve into the processes of polaroids, pinhole cameras, darkroom exploration, and antiquated/alternative-based photographic processes. This course is an opportunity to expand your photographic process beyond digital media. The magic of antique and alternative techniques ensure your work stands out. Gain the knowledge and skills to capture unique moments that leave a lasting impression.

Who Should Take This Class

Students with an interest in hands-on approaches to photography who want to build vocabulary in photographic techniques. Photographic experience is not required but preferred.

Required Application Materials (please submit materials in a single document)

  • Personal statement: explain the nature of your work and your specific process (limit 300 words)
  • Portfolio: Five to ten images that are exported at 2160 pixels on the long edge at 72ppi in a .jpg or .pdf format. A single PDF document with all your images or a link to a web portfolio is preferred.

Course Coordinator

Gailan Gray ​(Fresno) is a photographic-based artist who works with polaroids, film, and digital media, exploring the realm of queerness in his artwork. Gray was born in Exeter, California, and knew from a very early age that he was a queer, creative person. He holds a B.A. in Art from Fresno State and an MFA in photography from San Jose State University. Gray has been steadily teaching throughout California since 2018.

Guest Artists

Moira McDonald

Moira McDonald

Moira McDonald is an Australian-American photographic artist working, living, and making in the San Francisco Bay Area. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from California College of the Arts and a Master of Fine Arts from San Jose State University. Her photography summons images through diverse approaches using simplified analog processes systematically. Her photographs have been widely exhibited throughout the United States and abroad.

Brian Taylor

Brian Taylor

Brian Taylor is an instructor leading photography courses for arts organizations across the country. He was a photography professor at San José State University for 40 years, and served as chair of the Department of Art and Art History. As a practicing artist, he is known for his innovative, handmade books and artworks exploring 19th Century alternative photographic processes. His work has been exhibited internationally and is included in the permanent collections of the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the International Museum of Photography, George Eastman House, Rochester, NY.

Nicole Ellis

Nicole Ellis

Nicole Ellis is a photo-centric artist from Fresno, California. Ellis’s work is process oriented and intertwines the elements of time, space, and psychology. Each image is a window into the intricate relationship between the self and its surroundings. Double exposures, alternative processes, and manipulations to imagery by hand are often implemented in the artist’s practice.