Sedgley + N. 3rd (Cropped)by Benjamin Riley
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Spring term has begun and the Seniors are progressing towards their Senior Thesis Exhibition and Opening Reception.  We invite you to save the date of June 3, 2011 for their opening reception.  We will be publishing more details as the date gets closer. 

Ben Riley

Benjamin Riley is a successful alumni who is always on the look out for projects to expand his portfolio.  He is a full time production manager for Tom Crane, a freelance retoucher and consultant, works on his personal photography project Walls, is collaborating with a Philadelphia and Berlin based dancer, as well as opening a new gallery and studio space with two other Drexel Photography graduates.


Upon graduating from Drexel in the summer of 2007, Riley came on as the full time production manager for Tom Crane Photography, Inc., noted architectural photographers in the area, the same studio where he had previously completed his co-op. There he is responsible for all of the post-production, retouching and file management for the studio.  He also provides art direction on location.  In addition to production, he does freelance retouching and consulting for other photographers and graphic designers in the region.


"I have been fortunate that my commercial work allows me time to continue working on my personal projects and collaborations," Riley states when speaking about his personal work and new ventures.  His Walls series, which was started in 2007 as his Senior Thesis body of work, explores the unintentional abstract paintings that result from the processes of graffiti removal. 


More recently, Riley has begun collaborating with L. DeVaughn Nelson, a Philadelphia and Berlin based dancer and choreographer, in which they explore human movement and interaction within the context of underground transportation systems.  You can see some of the work and details of the process on Nelson's website, found here. 


May will bring Riley's latest project to light.  He has teamed up with two Drexel Photography graduates, Katie Tackman and Emma Stern, to open a new gallery and studio space, Gravy, in the heart of the Frankford Avenue Arts Corridor.  The goal of Gravy is to serve as a multifunctional space that promotes the work of local photographers.  Be sure to stop by for May's First Friday events.

Image: Sedgley + N. 3rd  

Peter Kubilus

Peter Kubilus has made a career out of a love of photography and architecture.  He started out studying Photography and taking some architecture courses at Drexel, transitioned to assisting architectural photographers to learn the trade and has now made a successful business out of his own photography.  Based out of the greater New York City area, Kubilus travels for his projects to locations such as Miami, Vermont, Philadelphia, among many others.  "I have traveled extensively from New York shooting many great projects for notable architects," Kubilus stated.


Kubilus adapts his way of working and interacting with clients to reflect the client's needs; an architect, lighting designer, and manufacturer will all look for different things in photography.  One constant is his meticulous lighting and preparation of the space before he shoots.  He stated, "I use my knowledge and ability to understand what an architect has drawn and built to transform a single image into a complete story."  The buildings he shoots for his clients are used in marketing materials, awards, and editorial and trade publications.  Current upcoming projects include a lake house in New Hampshire, a country house in Vermont, and a project for Habitat for Humanity in Philadelphia.


Image: 34th St. Millennium Hall at Drexel University 

Award & Exhibition Notices + News:  

Joy Moody (Alumni): Featured in PDN Magazine's Top Knots Wedding Photography Issue 2011, image featured titled "Melanie and Joe, just after getting married."  You can see Moody's image in print here.

Drexel Photography Saturday Series Workshops: There is still time to register for the Summer session of our Saturday Series workshops designed for high school students interested learning photography in a college level setting. 
The goal of the Workshops is to foster exploration and investigation into the principles of creativity while focusing on the personal development of each individual student. The Workshops are committed to providing students with an enriching experience, whether developing a portfolio or exploring interests in photography.

he summer sessions are running for 5 weeks, July 9 - August 13, with no class on July 30.  All workshops are conveniently held in the state of the art Photography Facilities on Drexel University's campus located in Philadelphia.  Drexel University is easily accessible by public transportation from New Jersey and suburban Pennsylvania via the Regional Rail lines of SEPTA, NJ Transit, and the PATCO high speed line from Southern New Jersey.  Amtrak 30th Street Station is right next to campus making all connecting routes and cities within reach.

Please click here to download our full brochure for detailed information and registration materials.
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