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Manifest: BA + BFA
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Manifest: BA + BFA


The Photography BFA/BA Manifest Exhibit presents the work of over 100 graduating Photography Majors. It’s easily the biggest and best exhibit we mount each year, and everyone in our department is very proud of the show and extremely proud of our students. This show is a clear indication of the talent and hard work of our students, and also represents the dedication, commitment, skills, and experience of our faculty and staff. We also recognize the support of The Department of Student Affairs and the Manifest staff in making this show possible.

The Photography Department at Columbia College Chicago is one of the nation’s largest and most rigorous Photography programs. Our program supports the broadest possible range of serious photographic directions, from personal, artistic work through focused commercial applications. Our students develop competence in a complete range of skills and techniques, from 19th Century processes through digital imaging. We hope to fully educate our students as visually literate image-makers. And then we encourage our students to find their own directions, subjects, techniques, and photographic meaning. We ask each of our students to define his/her own ambitions as a photographer, and then pursue those ambitions with great energy and commitment.

This exhibition is a fascinating display of the diverse artistic paths our students develop, and represents a commitment to serious “project based” work as completed during the Senior Thesis and/or Photography Seminar courses.  We are thrilled by both the level of accomplishment and the exciting potential our students display. While this show marks the end of our students’ time at Columbia College Chicago, it can also be seen as the beginning of their professional exhibition experience, and the start of many ambitious and exciting photographic careers.

Peter Fitzpatrick
Chair of the Photography Department