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Catherine Zuromskis

Associate Professor
School of Photographic Arts and Sciences
College of Art and Design

585-475-7216
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Catherine Zuromskis

Associate Professor
School of Photographic Arts and Sciences
College of Art and Design

Education

BA, Harvard College; MA, University of New York at Stony Brook; MA, Ph.D., University of Rochester

585-475-7216

Currently Teaching

PHGR-721
3 Credits
This course, following successful completion of half-candidacy, will outline the policies and procedures required for the MFA thesis defense and thesis publication for this program of study. Throughout the course, students will refine their research, presentation, and writing skills. Through assignments and in-class discussion and critique, students will begin developing their thesis defense presentations, conduct research relevant to their work, and begin drafting their thesis publication.
PHGR-701
3 Credits
This course, the first in a two-semester sequence, will present an overview of the multiple and intersecting aesthetics, applications, perceptions, and philosophies of photography. Readings and discussions will examine the emergence and establishment of fine art photography, documentary and photojournalism, photography in the sciences, commercial and pop-cultural photographic applications, photography in the political arena, and photography as a mode of social interaction and identity formation. The class will also study the evolving technical history of photographic processes and the proliferation of critical theoretical perspectives on the medium during its first 100 years.
PHGR-702
3 Credits
This course, the second in the two-semester sequence, will offer an in-depth study of key historical, critical, and theoretical issues in photographic visual culture in the modern, postmodern, and contemporary periods. The course will explore aesthetic trajectories in modern and contemporary photography from the emergence of the modernist Avant Garde at the beginning of the 20th century to such contemporary phenomena as the deadpan aesthetic, performance documentation, fictive photography, and photographic appropriation. This course will also examine the evolving language of commercial photography, stylistic and ethical approaches to photojournalism, photography and the politics of the museum, vernacular photographies, and the presence of digital technologies and social media networks in the contemporary global media age.
PHGR-799
1 - 4 Credits
An independent study allows graduate students in the Photography and Related Media program the ability to study in a specialized area with an individual faculty member. Students, with the assistance of a faculty adviser, should propose a course of study or project with clearly defined goals and outcomes. Students must obtain permission of an instructor and complete the Independent Study Permission Form to enroll. **NOTE: Student must have a minimum 3.0 GPA *
PHAR-212
3 Credits
The objective of this course, the second course of a two-semester sequence, is to present an overview of the multiple, intersecting histories and aesthetic practices of photography from the development of Modernism to the present, including the medium's transformation by digital imaging in the 21st century. Photography's applications within fine art, documentary, scientific, journalistic, commercial and vernacular practices will be investigated within a global perspective, but primary emphasis is placed upon developments and movements within the United States and Europe.
PHAR-599
1 - 3 Credits
Photography Independent Study will provide students with the ability to study in a specialized area with an individual faculty member. Students, with the assistance of a faculty adviser, will propose a course of study. Photography Independent Study students must obtain permission of an instructor and complete the Independent Study Permission Form to enroll.

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Invited Keynote/Presentation
Zuromskis, Catherine. "Feeling History: Evidence, Vernacular Documentation, and the Kennedy Assassination." University of Alabama and the University of Alabama at Birmingham 24th Annual Graduate Student Symposium in Art History. University of Alabama and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Birmingham, AL. 1 Mar. 2019. Keynote Speech.
Zuromskis, Catherine. "Evidence of Feeling: Race, Police Violence, and the Limits of Documentation"." Ubiquity: Photography’s Multitudes. University of Rochester Humanities Center. Rochester, NY. 27 Apr. 2018. Conference Presentation.
Zuromskis, Catherine. "Andy's Snapshots"." Andy Warhol: A Panel. Palm Springs Art Museum. Palm Springs, CA. 5 Apr. 2018. Lecture.
Zuromskis, Catherine. "Facts and Feelings: LIFE magazine and the Zapruder Film." LIFE Magazine Scholar's Day. Princeton University Art Museum. New York, NY. 28 Mar. 2017. Conference Presentation.
Zuromskis, Catherine. "“Snapshot Photography, Now and Then: On Making, Sharing, and Liking Photographs at the Digital Frontier”." Kern Conference on Visual Communication. RIT. Rochester, NY. 15 Apr. 2016. Keynote Speech.
Zuromskis, Catherine. "Feeling History: Evidence, Vernacular Documentation, and the Kennedy Assassination." Cameras in Turmoil: The Apparatus of Visual Reproduction in Japan and America, 1960-1975. Harvard University. Cambridge, MA. 4 Dec. 2015. Lecture.
Zuromskis, Catherine. "Snapshot Photography, Now and Then: On Making, Sharing, and Liking Photographs at the Digital Frontier." Found, Shared, Liked (symposium). Visual Studies Workshop. Rochester, NY. 14 Nov. 2015. Lecture.
Zuromskis, Catherine. "Seen of the Crime: Joel Sternfeld's On This Site and Trevor Paglen's Black Sites." Visiting speaker and educator. Whitman College. Walla Walla, WA. 13 Apr. 2015. Guest Lecture.
Invited Article/Publication
Zuromskis, Catherine. "The Social Lives of Archival Photographs"." The Archives of American Art Journal. (2018). Print.
Zuromskis, Catherine. "Snapshot Photography, Now and Then: Making, Sharing, and Liking Photographs at the Digital Frontier." afterimage. (2016). Print.
Book Chapter
Zuromskis, Catherine. "Crimes Seen and Unseen: Fantasies and Failures of Photographic Truth in Joel Sternfeld’s On This Site and Trevor Paglen’s Limit Telephotography." Photography and Failure. Ed. Kris Belden-Adams. New York, NY: Bloomsbury, 2017. 81-94. Print.
Journal Paper
Zuromskis, Catherine. "All One Life”: Celebrity and Intimacy in the Photographs of Annie Leibovitz." Photography and Culture 10. 3 (2017): 1-19. Print.
Published Review
Zuromskis, Catherine. "Review of “A Matter of Memory: Photography as Object in the Digital Age” at the George Eastman Museum." Rev. of “A Matter of Memory: Photography as Object in the Digital Age”, ed. Lisa Hostetler. afterimage Jan. 2017: 34-36. Print.
Published Conference Proceedings
Zuromskis, Catherine. "Complicating Images: On Claudia Rankine’s Citizen." Proceedings of the Association for the Study of Arts of the Present annual Conference, 2016. Ed. Daniel Worden. Los Angeles, CA: LA Review of Books, 2016. Web.