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Gregory Halpern

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

Gregory Halpern

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

Education

BA, Harvard University; MFA, California College of the Arts

Bio

Gregory Halpern has published five books of photographs and is the editor, along with Jason Fulford, of The Photographer’s Playbook: Over 250 Assignments and Ideas (Aperture, 2014). He holds a BA in History and Literature from Harvard University and an MFA from California College of the Arts. Halpern was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2014 and is a member of Magnum Photos. In 2020 he will have solo shows at SFMoMA, the Henri Cartier Bresson Foundation in Paris, and Transformer Station in Cleveland.


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Currently Teaching

PHFA-511
3 Credits
A study of current issues relevant to imaging-based fine art photography and related media; how they relate to broader historical/cultural issues; and how they might suggest future directions. Emphasis is placed on the integration of critical theoretical discourse and studio practice. This course is a touchstone to current and future fine art practices through its engagement with a variety of subjects. This course can be taken multiple times but individual topics must be different.
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-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.
PHGR-703
6 Credits
This critique course, the first in a two semester sequence, will establish a working methodology, critically engage with peers, and develop a body of new artwork. At the conclusion of the semester, all students will participate in a work share event.
PHAR-102
4 Credits
This course will reinforce and build upon the skills learned in the first semester of Photographic Arts I. It will emphasize aesthetics, craft, visual problem solving and critical thinking skills - the foundations of the Photographic Arts curriculum. In this semester, the studio will be introduced as a space that can be used to create and control light. This course's curriculum will continue to emphasize both craft and visual problem solving required in high-level photographic imaging.
PHGR-611
3 Credits
This course will study current issues relevant to imaging-based fine art photography and related media; how they relate to broader historical/cultural issues, and how they might suggest future directions. Emphasis is placed on the integration of critical theoretical discourse and studio practice. This course is a touchstone to current and future fine art practices through its engagement with a variety of subjects. This course may be repeated with different topics. Topic is determined by the instructor.
PHGR-890
6 Credits
Students produce a thesis as a component of the MFA degree in Photography and Related Media. The completion of the thesis exhibition, from artwork to the installation, is the focus of this course.

In the News

  • November 7, 2019

    Students gather for a group photo in front of The New York Times.

    Photography students get taste of industry with NYC, DC trips

    The New York Times. White House Photo Office. Magnum Photos. And much more. Students met with the most well-known news organizations, agencies, artists, studios and alumni during the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences' annual networking trips to NYC and DC. 

  • December 21, 2018

    View of mountains with road cutting through and vehicles traveling on the road.

    Professor named fourth laureate of exclusive Hermes Foundation award

    Gregory Halpern, an associate professor in RIT’s School of Photographic Arts and Sciences, has been named the fourth laureate of “Immersion, A French-American Photography Commission of the Hermes Foundation,” a highly exclusive annual photography program.

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Shows/Exhibits/Installations
Halpern, Gregory. Omaha Sketchbook. 19 Sep. 2019. Huxley-Parlour Gallery, London, UK. Exhibit.
Halpern, Gregory. Confederate Moons. 2018. Galerie Wouter van Leeuwen, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Exhibit.
Halpern, Gregory. ZZYZX. 6 Jun. 2017. Webber Gallery Sace, London, UK. Exhibit.
Halpern, Gregory and Diane Arbus, Jim Goldberg, Richard Avedon, Irving Penn and more. Speech. 9 Feb. 2017. Pace MacGill, New York. Exhibit.
Halpern, Gregory. Fotodoks Festival for Contemporary Documentary Photography. 9 Feb. 2017. Fotodoks, Munich, Germany. Exhibit.
Halpern, Gregory. ZZYZX. 28 Sep. 2016. Micamera, Milan, Italy. Exhibit.
Halpern, Gregory. ZZYZX. 2016. Galerie Wouter van Leeuwen, Milan, Italy. Exhibit.
Halpern, Gregory and Gregory Halpern, Sam(antha) Contis, Bayete Ross Smith. Indivisible. 9 Feb. 2016. Fotomuseum Antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium. Exhibit.
Halpern, Gregory and Ahndraya Parlato. East of the Sun, West of the Moon. 2015. CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY. Exhibit.
Halpern, Gregory. "A" (Solo Show). 30 Nov. 2012. Galerie Wouter van Leeuwen, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Exhibit.
Halpern, Gregory. "A" (Solo Show). 5 Jan. 2012. ClampArt Gallery, New York, NY. Exhibit.
Halpern, Gregory. The 2012 VICE Photo Show (Group Show). Aug. 2012. Black and White Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. Exhibit.
Halpern, Gregory. Into the Woods (Group Show). Jun. 2012. ClampArt Gallery, New York, NY. Exhibit.
Halpern, Gregory. A Survey of Documentary Styles in Early 21st Century Photobooks: Selections from the Indie Photo Book Library (with Printed Exhibition Catalog). Sep. 2012. Gallery Carte Blanche, San Francisco, CA & Contemporary Arts Center, PhotoNOLA, New Orleans, LA, New Orleans, LA & San Francisco, CA. Exhibit.
Full Length Book
Halpern, Gregory. Omaha Sketchbook. 1 ed. London, UK, London, UK: MACK, 2019. Print.
Halpern, Gregory. Confederate Moons. 1 ed. Oakland, CA: TBW Books, 2018. Print.
Halpern, Gregory. ZZYZX. London, United Kingdon: MACK, 2016. Print.
Halpern, Gregory and Ahndraya Parlato. East of the Sun, West of the Moon. 1 ed. Paris, France, Paris, France: Études, 2014. Print.
Published Review
Abel-Hirsch, Hannah. "“Omaha Sketchbook: 15 Years of Midwestern Masculinity"." Rev. of Omaha Sketchbook, by Hannah Abel-Hirsch. British Journal of Photography Sep. 2019: ?. Print.
Wallis, Brian. "A Chronicle of Midwestern Masculinity." Rev. of Omaha Sketchbook, by Brian Wallis. Aperture Foundation 2019: ?. Web.
Dickerman, Kenneth. "A New Photography Book Meditates on What it Means to be Male and American in the Midwest." Rev. of Omaha Sketchbook, by Gregory Halpern. Washington Post 2019: ?. Print.
Hatfield, Zack. "Critics’ Picks: Speech at Pace/MacGill Gallery." Rev. of Speech, by Gregory Halpern. Artforum Mar. 2017: ?. Print.
Aletti, Vince. "Gregory Halpern." Rev. of "A", by Vince Aletti. The New Yorker Jan. 2012: 1. Print.
Jude, Ron. Rev. “Special Section: Photo-Bookworks: Omaha Sketchbook by Gregory Halpern.” Afterimage Magazine, 37.6 (2010),36. Print.
National/International Competition Award Winner
Halpern, Gregory. Hermès Foundation / SFMOMA / Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation. Immersion Commission. Paris, France, Paris, France, 2018.
Halpern, Gregory. Musée de l'Elysée. Finalist, Prix Elysée. Lausanne, Switzerland, Lausanne, Switzerland, 2018.
Halpern, Gregory. John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. New York, NY, 2014.
Halpern, Gregory. Photobook Award, 5th Kassel Photo Book Festival (Printed Catalog to Accompany Award). Photobook Award. Paris, France, 2012.
Halpern, Gregory. Photo-Eye. Photo-Eye Top Ten Book of the Year. Santa Fe, NM, 2012.
Book Chapter
Halpern, Gregory. "Gregory Halpern." Photographs Not Taken: A Collection of Photographers? Essays, Edited by Will Steacy, Daylight Books. Ed. Will Steacy. Hillsborough, NC: Daylight Books, 2012. 65-68. Print.
Halpern, Gregory. "War Games, Violence Removed." Light & Lens: Photography in the Digital Age, Second Edition. New York, NY: Focal Press, 2012. Print.
Installation/Exhibit/Performance
Halpern, Gregory. Omaha Sketchbook. Polyester Gallery, Omaha, NE. 7-31 May 2010. Exhibition.
Halpern, Gregory. New Work New York. Curated by Tim Barber of Tiny Vices. Levi’s Photo Workshop, New York, NY. 7 — 17 Oct. 2010. Exhibition.
Halpern, Gregory. There’s a Way in Which. A PLAySPACE Exhibition in Honor of Larry Sultan. PLAySPACE Gallery at California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA.15 Oct. - 12 Nov. 2010. Exhibition. É 
Halpern, Gregory. Le Garage Artists’ Books. Biennial Septembre de la Photographie. Lyon, France. Sept. 2010, Exhibition. É 
Halpern, Gregory. There and Gone: One Hour Photo, InSPIRATion, American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC. 8 May — 6 June 2010. Exhibition. É