November 2010
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In This Issue
Alumni: Jeffrey Stockbridge
Alumni: Jason Varney
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Welcome to the first issue of the Drexel Photography Program Newsletter! We will keep you up to date on faculty profiles, student work and awards, Alumni awards and achievements, facility upgrades, and everything in between. We would love to hear any feedback that you may have and ideas for what articles you would like to see.
National Portrait Gallery Exhibition
Jeffrey Stockbridge is one of four finalists in the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2010 at the National Portrait Gallery in London for his photo "Tic Tac and Tootsie", which he shot last year in Kensington, North Philadelphia at the Huntingdon El stop. The twin sisters, who live on the street and suffer from insomnia, are both addicted to Xanax and have resorted to prostitution to supply their habit. Stockbridge says, "Enduring unthinkable pain on a daily basis, the sisters are both incredibly strong and weak at the same time. Caught in the grip of their addiction, they do whatever it takes to survive, except for getting clean". His photograph will be exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London this month.

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2010 presents the very best in contemporary portrait photography, showcasing the work of some of the most talented emerging young photographers, alongside that of established professionals, photography students and gifted amateurs. This year's competition attracted over 2,400 photographers who together submitted 6,000 images.

Stockbridge will also be featured on the Photography Program's latest case study card, look for it in your mailboxes soon.
The Best Places to Retire Abroad
Jason Varney was featured in an article on PDN's Photoserve Surveillance, August 2010 about the photographs he did in AARP Magazine for their feature "The Best Places to Retire Abroad". AARP Magazine has the worlds largest circulation rate of any magazine, averaging more than 47 million readers. "There was no specific shot list, it was really exciting to be able to explore and shoot what I felt was interesting, whether it be portraits, food, lifestyle, landscapes. There is nothing more flattering than a photo director saying, 'We just want you to do what you do,'" says Varney. (quote courtesy of

Varney has a successful career and is one of the region's top editioral and assignment photographers. His work specializes in food, travel and lifestyle shooting for some of the nation's top publications. He is a regular contributor to Philadelphia Magazine, for whom he has shot several cover and features, and his work has appeared nationally in GQ, Food & Wine, Travel & Leisure, Elle Decor, Town & Country, and Outside's Go Magazine. He also has a large commercial client base including Hershey, UPS, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Johnson & Johnson, Samsung, among others.

Varney was also selected as PDN's Photoserve Editor's Choice in February 2009 where he was recommended by Zoey Sless-Kitain, director of photography at Philadelphia magazine.

The Drexel Photography High School Contest submissions are in full swing with new submissions being received daily. Have you started yours? Deadline: Monday, December 6th, 2010.

Westphal College of Media Arts & Design Photography Open House is coming up on Saturday, November 20, 2010 and is a great introduction to the Photography Program and Drexel University. Drexel's Open House is the best way to experience what we have to offer, and at the event you will find:
  • Information about how our innovative academic programs integrate classroom study and real-world experience
  • The inside information on admissions, student life, financial aid, and more
  • The facts about Drexel Co-op and how you can graduate with professional experience on your resume
  • The opportunity to meet with current Drexel students, faculty, and staff and to tour our University City Main Campus
To register for the Open House contact: 1-800-2-DREXEL
For questions about our Photography Program or admissions contact: 215.895.1834
Keep a look out for our December issue to see if Jeffrey Stockbridge won the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2010 and for a profile of Joy Moody, Alumnus and Instructor.


Paul Runyon, Sr.
Program Director