Photography student learns the wet plate collodion process in Darkroom Photography.
With a double major in business administration and photography, Mark Kim wants to do more than simply start a photography business. “I want to discover what kind of opportunities lay behind barriers in different countries and use photography to help those who are in need,” he says.
John Brown University’s photography major is one of the fastest growing new majors on campus. In order to compete with other top schools, JBU offers its photography students traditional darkrooms, digital darkrooms, and photography studios, as well as other modern equipment.
Photography is a powerful means of visual expression, which is why students begin by learning basic techniques like exposure, composition, and formal aesthetics before moving onto more complex forms of visual literacy and artistic criticism. Courses like darkroom, lighting, fine art photography, social documentary photography, commercial studio photography, history of photography, and an internship provide students with a broad understanding of both modern and classic forms of photography.
JBU offers hands on experience both in and out of the classrooms. Students begin building a professional portfolio, and present their works during their senior year at the senior portfolio show. Students also have the opportunity to go on a European Art Tour. Professional artists are invited to lecture and display their works in the art gallery, which exposes students to the professional art industry and provides grounds for discussion.
What does Mark want to do with both of his majors? “I want to use them in missions,” he says. “Any organization needs administrative skills, and pictures tell wordless stories. Photography is needed and effective.”