Conveying Our Culture
The photography that appears throughout this site is by five photographers— four students and one alum of Columbia College Chicago.
We challenged them to capture the culture of Columbia.
So they took pictures... many, many pictures that convey some of the diverse personalities of the people who create the Columbia culture: our students, faculty, and staff. Through the eyes of these photographers, we hope you will get a sense of the energy and attitude that make up Columbia’s culture of creativity.
Earned a B.A. in Economics from DePaul University
My medium-format twin-lens Rolleiflex
To be a musician
To be a musician
The band They Might Be Giants. I like relentless creation.
Many people are very good at photography.
People floating at night
Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451
Film noir, David Lynch, Stanley Kubrick, Mariko Mori, Gregory Crewdson, Masahiro Shinoda, and Alfred Hitchcock
That learning from your mistakes is a strength, not a weakness
Photographing happy people and traveling to faraway lands
First to be a dentist, then a movie star
A small plastic camera my grandpa gave me when I was six— It even had a flash!
To be a firefighter, or an actress
When I was 15, and my friend Seila
invited me to join a small photo club that met up once a week
in a basement darkroom
That it’s not as important
to compete with other people as it is to compete with yourself
My family and home in Estonia, and St. Petersburg
(the one in Russia, not the one in Florida)
Self-discipline and cooking
Quebec City, Canada
B.A. Photography, 1997
Skipped lunch, study hall, and art class to
spend time in the darkroom
A job that doesn’t feel like a job
There’s no such thing
Stop freaking out, it’s only photography!