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Michele Krankkala, BFA 2015
Mark Rupert, Photography Department Head

Discover your voice within a challenging and supportive community of artists as you study the historical and contemporary practice and theory of photography. Enhance your technical skills and explore creative possibilities in traditional camera and darkroom techniques as well as modern digital image making.

Mark Rupert, Department Head

Visting Artists
Blue Mitchell
Esther Murphy
Evan Baden
Susan Seubert
See the full list of visiting artists here!

Recent Events

Blue Mitchell Demo
Blue Mitchell visited the Photography department to give a demo about his inkjet photographic transfer process. Mitchell is an independent publisher, curator, educator, and photographer based in Portland who received his BFA from Oregon College of Art & Craft. Mitchell is the Founding Editor of Diffusion: Unconventional Photography, an independent, reader and contributor supported annual that highlights and celebrates unconventional photographic processes and photo related artwork, and curates Plates to Pixels, an online photographic gallery that bridges the gap between antiquated photographic processes and new digital media. In his personal work he implements many photographic techniques including toy cameras, pinhole, alternative processes, mixed media, and hand drawing. Most recently Mitchell has been specializing in acrylic lifts — this process and some of his work was published in Photographic Possibilities, 3rd edition.

Susan Seubert Lecture
Award winning photographer Susan Seubert presented a lecture to the OCAC community about her fine art and commercial work, as well as the complexities of splitting her practice between worlds. Ms. Seubert is an active fine art and journalism photographer whose provocative imagery is published in National Geographic Traveler and The New York Times and has earned critical acclaim with inclusion in the Portland Art Museum's 1999 and 2001 Biennials, and the 2009 Tacoma Art Museum's Northwest Biennial as a finalist for the 2011 Contemporary Northwest Artist Awards. Ms. Seubert was selected to be one of only 24 participants in Portland2012, A Biennial of Contemporary Art, presented by Disjecta and curated by Prudence Roberts.   

Courses and Requirements
Course Descriptions
Program Requirements


Student Work


The photography facility features a Digital Imaging Lab, Lighting Studio, as well as black and white and alternative processes darkrooms.

The Digital Imaging Lab has:

  • 18 Power Mac towers with Eizo monitors
  • film and flatbed scanners
  • two 17” Epson printers
  • 44” wide format Epson  printer
  • 63” Epson

The Lighting Studio contains:

  • wall-mounted backdrops
  • hot lights with soft boxes
  • mono-head strobe lights
  • various light modifiers

The Print Finishing Room includes:

  • wall-mounted glass and matte board cutter
  • table tob matte cutter
  • 40" board shear
  • dry mount press 

The Film Development Area includes:

  • three individual film-loading rooms
  • film development sink
  • metal and plastic film development tanks to accommodate small, medium, and large format film processing
  • film drying cabinet

The Gang Printing Darkroom has:

  • 12 Omega 4550 enlargers capable of handling 35mm, 2-1/4, and 4x5 negatives
  • two drop-bed enlarger stations
  • archival washers
  • RC print dryer

The Alternative Processes Darkroom features:

  • mural printing area
  • 8” x 10” Devere enlarger
  • two large format drop-bed enlarger stations
  • The 30” x 40” Metal Halide exposure unit with vacuum table allows users to experiment with a variety of 19th century contact printing processes that utilize ultraviolet light using traditional film negatives or enlarged digital negatives.

The Photography Equipment Checkout Room features:

  • a wide variety of small, medium, and large format camera equipment, tripods, light meters, flash units, and other camera accessories
  • portable lighting equipment and backdrops




Learn more about our programs of study:
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Master of Fine Arts in Craft
Master of Fine Arts in Industrial Design
Master of Fine Arts in Craft & Material Studies
Master of Fine Arts in Applied Craft + Design
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Craft (requires a bachelor's degree)
The Certificate in Craft