student work from in-class assignment

The in-class assignment was to use the scanner as camera and create a photograph. The students were put in groups of 2 or 3 and spent about 30 minutes on the project. They used Epson scanners provided by the digital lab at SUNY Ulster. Feel free to leave comments.

Emily & Robert


Debra, Sid & Christen

Tricia & Amie

Norma, Susan & RJ

Kaitlyn, Cailin & Phil


Photographer Elliot Landy to speak at SUNY Ulster

Photography Lecture at SUNY Ulster

with Acclaimed Photographer Elliott Landy

Thursday, September 25 7:00 p.m.

Elliott Landy, best known for his documentation of the anti-Vietnam War movement and the rock culture of the late 1960s, will discuss photography in the digital era and his work as a “photopersonalist” sharing his life experiences through photography on Thursday, September 25, at 7:00 p.m. in Vanderlyn Hall, Student Lounge on the Stone Ridge campus of SUNY Ulster. The event is free and open to the public. Landy was the Spring 2008 Larry Berk Artist-in-Residence at SUNY Ulster and had a solo exhibition at the college’s Muroff Kotler Gallery.

An internationally acclaimed photographer, Landy began his career in the turbulent 1960s and gained fame as a chronicler of anti-war protests and for his portraits of rock stars and bands of that era, including Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and the Band. He was the official photographer of the original Woodstock Festival in 1969, producing classic images still collected today. Landy continues to publish photographs in Rolling Stone, Life, the Saturday Evening Post, and other major magazines and has collected photographs in several books, including Woodstock Vision, Spirit of a Generation (also in CD format) and Woodstock 69, the First Festival, which he co-authored with Jerry Garcia. His photographs appear in museum exhibitions throughout the United States and Canada and in gallery shows worldwide. His most recent work includes motion and kaleidoscopic photography in both still and film formats. Landy’s photographs have been given solo exhibitions in seven countries and continue to appear in major museum exhibitions in the United States and Canada.

For more information on this event, call the Office of Community Relations at 845-687-5262.


Photograms & Scanograms

In-class project: PHOTOGRAMS & SCAN-O-GRAMS

are photographic images made (without a camera
) by placing objects directly onto the surface of a photo-sensitive material such as photographic paper and then exposing it to light. The result is a silhouetted image varying in darkness based on the transparency of the objects used, with areas of the paper that have not received any light appearing light and those that have appearing dark, according to the laws of photosensitivity. The image obtained is hence a negative and the effect is often quite similar to an x-ray.

In the digital photography world the equivalent to this process would be called scan-o-grams. The process works essentially the same as photograms but the objects are placed on a flat bed scanner. This process is sometimes also called "scanner as camera".

Here are some examples of both photograms and scanograms. Can you tell the difference?







on campus photo exhibit

image by Renee Byer

Exhibition of Photographs by Photojournalist Renée Byer at the Muroff Kotler Visual Arts Gallery in VAN.

A 1978 graduate of SUNY Ulster, and inducted into the College's Alumni Hall of Fame, Byer, a photojournalist with 25 years of experience, won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography.

The exhibition will be on display from September 6 - 26, 2008.

Gallery hours are Monday - Friday, 11:00 am through 3:00 pm.
For more information, call 845-687-5113.

gallery reception & lecture on Sept. 13

image by Larry Fink

Two great events in one location all in one night!

An opening reception for the new exhibition (Auction preview & solo show by Mickey Smith) will take place at the Center for Photography at Woodstock on Saturday September 13th from 5-7pm. The auction preview includes over 70 works including historic and contemporary. A great show to see many different styles- and a bonus... it is free!

Following that at 8pm, photographer Larry Fink will discuss his life and work through a slide presentation. This costs $5 for full-time students (bring your ID).

The address is 59 Tinker Street, Woodstock NY 12498. 845.679.9957 for more info.

:Larry Fink's bio:
A practitioner of the "snapshot aesthetic", Larry Fink is catalogued with the esteemed ranks of Robert Frank, Diane Arbus and Garry Winogrand. He first picked up the camera at the age of thirteen. He found that taking pictures relaxed the inhibitions of introduction, making social interactions a thing of ease. Amid the crowd, rather than outside it, Fink is not a voyeur, but rather his work speaks a visual vernacular. The results of his tutelage with Lisette Model is that his pictures tend to expose the flaws in the polished façades we all present in the public arena. Fink's images often display the sensitive core of interpersonal-relationships, prevalent despite social posturing, whether mingled among unctuous characters at a high-society benefit or a down-home potluck setting of family.

Larry Fink has more than 60 prints in the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art. Most of these pictures are from his first one-man show there in 1979. He has 8 prints currently hanging in the MOMA's new show "Museum As Muse." In 1997 his one-man show "Boxing" opened at The Whitney Museum in New York. He has received two Guggenheim fellowships and two NEA endowments, and presently has a career retrospective touring the museums of Europe. Larry Fink's published books include Social Graces, from his MOMA show, and Boxing from his Whitney show. In February 2000, Larry Fink's newest book Runway was released. In September 2001, Social Graces was re-released in conjunction with shows in Paris, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

Editorially, Larry Fink is under contract to Conde Nast and works for Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, GQ, and The New York Times Magazine. In May, 1997 he won the SPD gold medal with Dennis Freedman at W Magazine for his story looking at the world behind the scenes at fashion shows. His advertising portfolio includes campaigns for Cunard, Chivas Regal, Smirnoff, Godiva, Nike, Adidas, Baccardi, W Hotels, MasterCard and Bank of New York.


Kodak's first digital camera

Welcome to this blog- which is made for and authored by the Wednesday night Photography 1 class at the State University of New York at Ulster.

This class is focused on learning the basics of digital photography, Photoshop and ink-jet printing but it will also explore historical and contemporary photography, art theory and criticism.

We will use this blog to post images that the students made for class assignments so that they can get feedback from their peers as well as blog readers.

We will also use this as a bulletin to announce local photography happenings like exhibitions, lectures and other events.

We look forward to your feedback and comments, so please keep checking in!