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Joshua Meltzer

Associate Professor

School of Photographic Arts and Sciences
College of Art and Design

Joshua Meltzer

Associate Professor

School of Photographic Arts and Sciences
College of Art and Design


BA, Carleton College; MA, University of Miami

Areas of Expertise

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Meltzer, Josh, et al. Beyond Addiction, Reframing Recovery. 6 Apr. 2019. Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, Parsons School of Design, New York City. Exhibit.
Meltzer, Josh, et al. Beyond Addiction, Reframing Recovery. 6 Apr. 2019. Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, Parsons School of Design, New York City. Exhibit.
Meltzer, Josh. BETH MACY AND JOSH MELTZER: PORTRAITS FROM THE FRONTLINE OF THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC. By Beth Macy. 4 Aug. 2018. Taubman Museum, Roanoke, VA. Exhibit.
Meltzer, Josh. Assistant Professor. By Tamar Carroll and Josh Harris Meltzer. 14 Jan. 2017. Digital Web, Bronx Documentary Center, New York City. Exhibit.
Book Chapter
Macy, Beth and Josh Meltzer. "Center Plate of Portraits." Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America. Ed. Vanessa Mobley. New York, NY: Little Brown and Company - Hachette Book Group, 2018. Center Plate after 184. Print.
Invited Article/Publication
Meltzer, Josh and Anne Bailey. "The Darker Side of Thailand's Sex Industry." Public Radio International (PRI) - The World. (2015). Web.
Meltzer, Josh. "The Refugees of Roanoke." The New York Times. (2015). Web.
Meltzer, Josh. "Come Out and Play Unified." Special Olympics. (2015). Web.

Currently Teaching

4 Credits
This course will provide an immersive introduction to the field of the photographic arts. It will emphasize both craft and visual problem solving. The course will explore: seeing and appreciating the quality of light, image capture, photographic vision, historical and contemporary genres of photography, best practices and workflow as well as an introduction to the critique forum and its practices.
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.
3 Credits
This course will serve an introduction to visual story telling as it relates to professional photojournalism. It will provide relevant practice in basic technical, compositional and interpersonal skills necessary in all aspects of modern photography. Students will be exposed to photojournalism - documentary, editorial, narrative and editing - as well as explorations of current career possibilities. Lectures, critiques, demonstrations and assignments will provide participants the opportunity to explore the still, audio, and multimedia strategies used for story telling in this era. Students will be expected to meet tight project deadlines and participate in both class discussions, critiques and practices required to be successful in this field. If you are pursuing the Photojournalism option this course is required.
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.
3 Credits
This course will teach students how to tell stories in the digital world. Students will learn the skills necessary to gather and edit audio and how to combine audio, images, and text for compelling online storytelling. In addition to basic technical skills, the course will explore contemporary concepts for effective multimedia storytelling.
3 Credits
Photography (and photographic education) is in a perpetual state of flux due to constant changes in practices and technology. Topics in photojournalism will provide students with the opportunity to explore this shifting terrain of photography and imaging using contemporary problems. The content taught in this course will change frequently and the course may be repeated for credit, however each particular topic may have limits on repeatability.
3 Credits
This course will enable students to develop a strong foundation in elements of web production including learning basic mark-up and programming languages commonly used in web development, UI/UX design, typography and content editing. Students will complete the course by working collaboratively with students in other art, design, photographic, digital humanities or visual storytelling courses to develop effective and innovative ways to display and narrate content in digital environments. Students will learn usability testing, how to prepare images and video for online environments as well as understanding the importance of storytelling on mobile devices.
3 Credits
This is the first of a two-course capstone sequence for students in photojournalism. Students will create an independent senior capstone project proposal that also demands the student research. Students will have the support and guidance of a faculty member. The students will research and plan for the production of a visual media presentation, a book/hardcopy portfolio or a collaborative editing portfolio and a written statement and conclusion. Course will include weekly group presentations on various topics to include time management, research, planning, photographic and photojournalistic subjects.
3 Credits
This course will provide students with advanced multimedia techniques and introduces photographers to storytelling and reporting using still cameras with video and sound capture features. Students will research and produce multimedia work in class.
3 Credits
This course provides photography students the unique opportunity to participate in a one-week intensive workshop that travels to Washington, D.C., the center of the photojournalism business outside of New York City. The purpose of the trip is to provide a broad view of documentary and editorial photography in the industry and give students an idea of the wide variety of potential job markets that exist for documentary/editorial work. Students will meet with a variety of photographers, photo editors, and designers, including RIT alumni, while visiting print and online publications (magazines and newspapers), governmental agencies, photo agencies, photography studios, galleries, and museums. **Fee: A special course fee will be assessed**

In the News

  • February 15, 2022

    two students hugging in front of school lockers.

    Rochester Prep High School students share their capstone experience

    One highlight of the RIT-Rochester Prep High School Partnership is the annual capstone showcase that spotlights student-professor collaborations. Their diverse projects in photojournalism, antibiotic resistance, 3D printing and fabrication, and chemical engineering gave the students experience on a college campus and the confidence of completing undergraduate-level material.

  • April 6, 2020

    Students, faculty and guest speakers during a recent photography pop-up class, held on Zoom.

    Pop-up classes connect students with industry

    A series of one-credit workshops offered through the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences provided a platform for students to engage with and learn from accomplished creatives.

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