The Architects at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, New York on November 19, 2013.
Self-Portraits in Tintype and Wet Plate Collodion Glass Positives
Final albumen prints!
Albumen printing for probably the last time this year 😢 (at Alternative Processes Room)
Anonymous said: Hi! I was recently accepted to both Parsons and SVA for photography and am struggling to make a decision. I realize you currently attend SVA but I was wondering if you feel that the curriculum at SVA is better than that at Parsons (through friends, transfers, etc.) Do you think SVA is worth the money, particularly for photography? Also, which residence hall would you recommend? I'm particularly worried about the cleanliness after hearing that GW is pest infested. Sorry for all the questions, ty!
Hey! I’m so sorry that it took me so long to respond to this!
To be totally honest, I don’t know a whole lot about Parsons’ photo program. I haven’t really heard too much about it, I think I researched it and talked to them when I was applying to colleges (although I don’t think I ever ended up applying there), but I don’t remember much about them. I have one friend who goes there, but she’s in the fashion program, and I don’t think I know anyone who has done photo at Parsons but I do recall that when I was looking into Parsons I did hear that their photo program tends to be very fashion-heavy and geared towards fashion photography (although I can’t tell you how absolutely true that is).
I can tell you, however, that it is pretty widely recognized (in the academic world, and in the photo industry) that SVA has one of the top photo programs in the country. In that way, it is definitely worth the money. Although I think you have to decide for yourself if going to school for photography is worth the money. if you decide that it is, then SVA is a school that is going to be worth your money, but that first really relies on you making the choice and commitment that studying photography is absolutely worth it, if that makes sense! (I think a lot of people still don’t know that when they get to art school).
There are a lot of ups and downs to each residence hall. GW tends to be on the less nice end of the spectrum in that it’s not as new and not as well kept-up in some instances, but it’s one of the closest to the photo building and main building and also one of the ones with the most freshman and therefore the greatest sense of community (along with New Res which is down the street). New Res is newer and nicer, but the rooms are apartment style so you can’t have your own room (which you can do in GW), instead you have to share it with a bunch of other people, which works well for some people and not so well for others. Then there’s Ludlow, which is an incredibly new and nice building, and also offers double rooms as well as single rooms, BUT it’s the farthest away, on the lower east side, so it will take you 20-30 minutes to get to class (and may necessitate public transportation). I’ve lived in the same single room in GW all three years so far, and next year I’m living in an apartment with my friend, but I know people who’ve lived in all of the dorms so I’ve heard all the different experiences of each.
Sorry again for the late reply, and that this answer was so long! I hope it was helpful! Let me know if you have any more questions I can answer for you, and let me know if you end up choosing SVA! :)