One of the first programs of its kind worldwide, the photography program at MICA was established more than 100 years ago. Building on this legacy, the program today thoroughly examines both still and digital photography while encouraging a diversity of approaches. Students master technical skills as they work in state-of-the-art digital facilities, learn traditional and alternative darkroom processes, and develop a deep understanding of the medium's history and contemporary directions.

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Jack Sorokin ’15 named Street Photographer to Watch by Read thephobloggapher's interview with Jack.

Daniel Shea ’07

  • Gallery Representation and Exhibition, Andrew Rafacz, Chicago, 2014
  • Light Work Residency, 2014
  • Blisner, Ill. artist book published in conjunction with Columbia College Chicago residency, 2012
  • MICA BFA and Meyer Fellowship, 2007
  • Museum of Contemporary Photography, Phantoms in the Dirt Exhibition, 2014
  • Venezuelan Art Museum Exhibition, 2012
  • Blisner, IL monograph forthcoming, 2014
  • New York Times Magazine Cover, 2014
  • MFA, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2013

MICA Photo alumna, Allyson Pinon ’16, was chosen as the winner of the "Body" theme category  by Alison Morley, the Chair of the documentary photography program at ICP . The photograph will be exhibited at Think Tank Gallery in Los Angeles and at Juraplatz Gallery in Switzerland. The photograph will also be included in the Life-Framer Vol. 2 book.

She was the recipient the Society for Photographic Education’s Traveling Scholarship Award at this year’s SPE regional conference.

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Photograph by Jack Sorokin
Photo by Jack Sorokin

Daniel Shea
Photo by Daniel Shea

photo shot by Daniel Shea

Photo by Daniel Shea

Allyson Pinon
Photo by Allyson Pinon