Photograph of Farm & Fisherman by Emily Frances Olson, Alumni
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Philadelphia Magazine
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High School Contest Opening Reception
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We hope that you are having a great start to twenty-thirteen and that the winter weather is treating you with kindness.  Winter is a busy time for the program with our favorite event, the Opening Reception for the annual Drexel Photography High School Contest. As with every year, we were blown away with the quality of work that was submitted.  Details are below but we hope that you will join us on February 2nd.

Philadelphia Magazine & Alumni 
Five Alumni Photograph Article


We are excited to announce that five of our alumni worked with Philadelphia Magazine at the end of last year to produce the photography for their annual 50 Best Restaurants list for the January 2013 issue!  The list graces the cover and 16 pages of the magazine and a 50 image feature online.  

Steamed Manila Clams with Shrimp from Stateside by Jason Varney
Bistro la Minette by Mike Arrison

"As a foodie, I, of course, saw the article.  It is wonderful to see our graduates publishing photos that look so scrumptious.  I've been to some of the restaurants and will now visit the others; I hope the food will be as good as the photos," stated Dean Allen Sabinson.  Jason Varney is responsible for the beautiful imagery on the cover and inside spreads of the magazine while recent graduates Mike Arrison, Samuel Markey, Ashley Catharine Smith and Emily Frances Olson all contributed multiple, stunning images to the online feature.

Vedge by Ashley Catharine Smith
JG Domestic by Samuel Markey
When asked about shooting for Philadelphia Magazine, Mike Arrison responded, "Working for Philly Mag was an absolutely wonderful experience, which had a great continuity from my co-op with Jason Varney, one of Philadelphia's premier food/restaurant photographers. The skills and knowledge that I gained from those six months is certainly paying off now that I'm starting out on my own."

You can find these graduates online at:

A Photograph Everyday 
An Exhibition
Many people begin a photograph a day project, while some continue it throughout the year, fewer turn it into an exhibition. Alumni, Natalie Obermaier did just that and her show is hanging in Venice, CA at The Gallery until January 29th. Natalie began taking a photograph everyday on January 1, 2012 and she decided that even though the project had a distinct timeline, it was not enough so she decided that each of the images would be auctioned off as editions of one in addition to the exhibition. When asked about the project, Natalie said,
"It began as an exercise to eliminate some of the pressure an artist feels to always make portfolio worthy images but very quickly I realized I was raising the bar on myself almost daily. The project kind of took over and I found that I was exploring the world with a very hungry camera. Trying to see everything instead of just the subjects that I tend towards."
She is already continuing the project in 2013 and she is looking forward to seeing where it takes her this year.  In addition, Natalie was recently interviewed for Light Leaked where she spoke about the photo a day project in addition to her other work.
High School Contest Opening Reception 
An invitation
You are formally invited to attend the opening reception of the 2012 Drexel Photography High School Contest Exhibition on Saturday, February 2nd from 1-3pm.  The opening reception will feature the work of our six winners and 140 individual artists.  We will be exhibiting the work at our photography gallery located at the Photography Facility on 33rd and Arch Streets, from February 2nd to March 4th, 2013.  The Photography Gallery is located on the fourth floor of the Paul Peck Problem Solving and Research Center located on the NE corner of 33rd & Arch Streets (101 North 33rd Street).

You can see the award winning images and a list of selected students on our website.
Save the Date 
Don't Forget!
Please mark June 14, 2013 from 6-9pm on your calendars for the 2013 Drexel Photography Senior Show opening reception!  It is a great evening and a chance to view the work of our talented seniors.  More details will follow in early April.
Alumni, Faculty and Student News
Press and Shows  


Matthew Decker, junior, had his video Seaside Heights licensed by Darlow Smithson Productions for the Discovery Channel for a documentary they are producing on Superstorm Sandy.  His video, which was produced in our Multimedia and Photography course, can be viewed here.


Stephanie Dore, alumni, is the photography teacher and advisor for the photography magazine Perspicacity at The Hewitt School.  Their 2012 edition won first place and the Outstanding Photography award from the American Scholastic Press Association and a silver medal from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.  The magazine can be viewed here


Paul Jamrogwicz, senior, worked with the Academy of Natural Sciences to photograph live animals for their Live Animal Month. He photographed an owl, fox and tortoise among other animals. His work appeared on the cover of their quarterly magazine, Frontiers, on their website and on the banners that hung outside of the museum in November.


Michael Froio, facility manager and professor, has two upcoming lectures to present his imagery and research.  From the Mainline: Exploring the former Pennsylvania Railroad Today at 7:30 PM on January 28th at the West Jersey Chapter of the NRHS, 625 Station Avenue, Haddon Heights NJ.  His second lecture is at The Library Company of Philadelphia on March 7th at 6pm, Understanding the Pennsylvania Railroad: Contemporary Photographs in Response to the Historic Works of Willam H. Rau. To register, contact Program Coordinator, Alison McMenamin. (1314 Locust Street, Philadelphia).


Andrea Modica, professor, is part of a current group exhibition, The Kids Are All Right, at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin until January 20th.  She recently had a photograph from her Treadwell series acquired by the Portland Museum of Art and two of her photographs have been included in publications, We Have Not Been Moved: Resisting Racism and Militarism in 21st Century America and the journal Water Stone Review.  In October, Modica was part of a lecture series at The Print Center where she joined The New Yorker's art critic Vince Aletti in an informal discussion about the male nude.


Paul Runyon, program director and professor, recently completed the photography for Pies and Tarts with Heart by vegan chef Dynise Balcavage.  The book includes over 60 color images. 


Corinne Ryan, alumni, won the Juror's Choice Award in the Kiernan Gallery's Encore: A Look at Music contest.  Corinne is featured on their blog and has two photographs up on the online exhibition and the physical exhibition in Lexington, VA until January 26, 2013.


Amanda Tinker, professor, currently has work up in three group shows: The Family at the Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography (February 2nd), Picture This: What We Photograph at the MPLS Photo Center (March 3rd) in Minneapolis and Alternative on view at the Heilongjang Art Museum in China until January 23rd.


Jason Varney, alumni, has a six page travel feature on Washington, D.C. in the January issue of Travel + Leisure and just launched a newly redesigned website which features new client work from projects with GQ, Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, and more.  He recently photographed The Latin Road Home with Jose Garces and regularly appears in Philadelphia Magazine.


Kylie Wright, professor, will be doing a Q&A session at the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center after the film screening, Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters on Saturday, January 26th at 6pm. Collaborating with Crewdson since 2000, Kylie worked on both the "Twilight" and "Beneath the Roses" series.  Kylie also appears in the film.

Alumni, please don't forget to let us know what you are doing.  We would love to hear (and feature) any exhibitions, new work, contests, articles, or anything else that you have been doing.  Send us an email or catch us on Facebook with your news today. 



Paul Runyon, Sr.

Program Director