About This Blog

I initially had the idea for this blog while I was debating whether or not to apply to various MFA photography programs. I very quickly became aware of the lack of information available online about the MFA process. Who should apply? Why would you want an MFA? What differentiates one school’s program from another? I was fortunate enough to be able to talk to gallery owners, professors and photographers I had become friends with while working as a photographer. Even with the resources I had access to, I still found the process confusing.

This blog will document my two years at the School of Visual Arts in the Photography, Video & Related Media MFA program. In addition to my experiences in the program, there will be interviews with peers at other schools, professors, gallery owners and working photographers. There will be links to exhibits and work I admire (or don’t…).

In two years, I will hopefully graduate with an MFA and this blog will exist as a resource for those considering graduate school.

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7 Responses to About This Blog

  1. dale says:

    thanks for the blog, I look forward to what you’ll be sharing…

  2. Peter says:

    I found your blog through Loretta Rae. It’s a great idea and I plan to check in regularly and contribute to the discussion as much as possible. On Sept 3rd I will begin my first day of class at SAIC. During this first semester I will have to decide: a)go for an MFA in Photography b)go for an MFA in the Arts in general or c) save the money and get a good job or internship in the photo biz.

    Best of luck,
    Peter N

  3. Jonathan says:

    This is just great! I’m very excited to follow your progress through your MFA and very glad that I discovered your blog practically on day 1 so I can follow it in real time. I’m kinda doing an DIY MFA in photography on the cheap — taking free seminars at B&H and Fotocare, going to exhibitions, gallery’s, etc. Your blog will add immensely to my program. Thanks for your efforts and best of luck — I’ll be watching.

  4. jw says:

    Awesome. I’m planning to apply for programs in the coming months, and I’ve spent the last year bemoaning the fact that there is nothing like the creative writing MFA Blog (http://creative-writing-mfa-handbook.blogspot.com/) for aspiring MFA photography students. I look forward to reading about your application and admission process. Sooner rather than later, please!

  5. Ramin Talaie says:

    Great blog! Congrats James. Will be checking it daily.

  6. Shen Wei says:

    What a fantastic idea!

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