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Gregory Halpern

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

585-475-2776
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Gregory Halpern

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

Education

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

585-475-2776

Currently Teaching

PHFA-311
3 Credits
A study of current issues relevant to imaging-based fine art 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. Contemporary Issues courses vary in subject and content. This course is a touchstone to current and future fine art practices through its engagement with a variety of subjects. This is a shell course and can be repeated for credit. Topics cannot be repeated.
PHFA-531
3 Credits
Fine art photography students in this class will have the unique opportunity to participate in a one-week intensive workshop that travels to New York City, arguably the center of the photography industry. During the field trip and accompanying lectures and studio/museum/gallery visits students will gain an immersive exposure to the field of fine art and applied photography and related its industries in New York City. Students will meet with a variety of photographers, art gallery directors, museum personnel, studio artists, assistants, and RIT alumni. Photography studios, magazines, galleries, and photo/art museums and universities will also be visited during the one- week field trip.
PHGR-799
1 - 4 Credits
Imaging Arts Graduate 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, 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 **
PHGR-703
6 Credits
The principle critique class for students in the MFA photography and related media program. Each student will establish a working methodology, which allows for experimentation. Students are expected to undertake a conceptually creative and intellectually challenging investigation into their own work. Through a critical engagement with peers, each student develops a body of new work and an artist’s statement. At the end of the semester all students participate in the MFA Work Share event.
PHGR-631
3 Credits
In this class students will have the unique opportunity to participate in a one-week intensive workshop that travels to New York City, the center of the photography industry. During the field trip, accompanying lectures and studio/museum/gallery visits students will gain an immersive exposure to the field of fine art and applied photography and related industries in New York City. Students will meet with a variety of photographers, art gallery directors, museum personnel, studio artists, assistants, and RIT alumni. Photography studios, magazines, galleries, and photo/art museums and universities will be visited during the one-week field trip.
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.
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.
PHAR-161
3 Credits
This is the first required course for students enrolled in the photography minor. This course will reinforce and build upon the skills learned in Introduction to Digital Photography. It will emphasize aesthetics, craft, visual problem solving, skill development, and critical thinking skills. In this course, students will work in the studio and be introduced to the skills needed to use, create, and control artificial lighting as well as develop skills for modifying found light on location. Students will also make photographic prints. The curriculum will emphasize both craft and visual problem-solving skills necessary to achieve industry standards and prepare students for other courses available in the minor. Fee required for non-majors.

Latest News

  • 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.

Featured Work

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Full Length Book
Halpern, Gregory. ZZYZX. London, United Kingdon: MACK, 2016. Print.
Shows/Exhibits/Installations
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.
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.
National/International Competition Award Winner
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.
Published Review
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.
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. ≠
Halpern, Gregory. Le Garage Artists’ Books. Biennial Septembre de la Photographie. Lyon, France. Sept. 2010, Exhibition. ≠
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. ≠