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March 18, 2024

State of Photographic Education Survey Results

Please feel free to view the results from our latest "State of Photographic Education Survey." We are filled with gratitude for all of the information we received, and we hope that this provides you with some important information about how teaching and learning are changing in Secondary and Higher Education.


September 05, 2023

exposure - 2023

For sixty years, the Society for Photographic Education has been a community for those who love photography and a forum for exploring the social, cultural, and aesthetic discourse about lens-based images. As artists and educators, the members of SPE know that photography matters in the world. We want future generations to appreciate the power of the medium and to engage with it wisely. We chose Homecoming as the theme for our 2023 Annual Conference to invite us to gather for the first time in three years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For many of us, SPE is a favored community of affiliation. Lifelong friendships are made at SPE. Students find mentors. Artists find collaborative partners. Teachers discover pedagogical strategies. Discussions between scholars lead to groundbreaking insights. Creative practices are shared, and new inspirations take root. Our annual gathering is a treasured chance to renew old bonds and to forge new ones. Homecoming is also a concept worthy of rigorous examination. The word can conjure impressions of a nurturing place of renewal, but can also connote a stifling normativity. SPE's 2023 Annual Conference investigates photography's capacity to interrogate what constitutes a home, to voice the agony of being severed from a home, and to render the uneasy challenges in finding a new home. Whether through Sama Alshaibi's explorations of diasporic exile and reunion, the affecting poignancy of Jess T. Dugan's mournful and joyous portraits, Lali Khalid's charged depictions of domesticity as a form of colonialist resistance, or Ryan Debolski's playful portrayal of migrant laborers finding connection despite their transience, photography can insightfully probe the complex matrix of concepts that signify "home." The revival of SPE's storied journal exposure, returning to print form after a lengthy hiatus, marks another homecoming. Over its fifty-year run, exposure has been a forum for cutting-edge discussion and scholarship about the status of photography in contemporary life. Co-editors Hannah Frieser and Charles Guice, working with designer Ashlae Shepler, have produced a remarkable volume that expands upon this rich history, as it highlights the creative achievements of SPE members. The past few years have been enormously challenging to SPE, and we would not have survived without the hard work and dedication of more individuals than could possibly be mentioned here, but a few are worthy of special note. This volume of exposure would not have happened without the oversight of SPE's Communications Committee—Julie Anand (Chair), Gabi Magaly Cruz, Arthur Fields, Margaret LeJeune, and Michael Borowski. SPE Executive Committee members Micah Cash, Lauren Greenwald, and Jordanne Renner have been tireless in their work to keep SPE afloat. And all aspects of SPE's operation benefit from the astounding diligence of our Administrative Director Toni Roberts. My sincerest thanks to all who have helped to make our Homecoming possible. Scott M. Hilton Chair, SPE 2023 Annual Conference Chair, SPE Board of Directors

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April 12, 2023

Publish your Photo Book -- Discount Code

SPE Members can use the code SPE10 to receive a 10% discount when joining both Core Lectures & Applied Study Seminars La Luz Workshops is offering a new nine-week Educational Series entitled

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November 02, 2021

Finding Your Audience: An Introduction to Marketing Your Photographs--Mary Virginia Swanson

When: Saturday, January 8, 2022 - Saturday April 2, 2022 Where: Online Event Mary Virginia Swanson, in concert with La Luz Workshops, will offer online learning opportunities for photographers to guide them through today's complex pathways to share their work with the public. This online course is comprised of three related components, each with separate registration: Six Core Lectures, Six Applied Study Seminars, and Small Group Project Reviews Topics Covered: • Who Buys Photographs? • Marketing Your Work in a Post-Pandemic World • The Business Of Selling Your Photographs • Making the Most of Your Exhibition Opportunities • Making the Most of Your Publication Opportunities • Sustaining Your Long-Term Photography Project SPE members will receive a 10% discount on the Core Lecture Series or a combination of both the Core Lectures & Applied Study Seminars. Discount Code: SPE10

September 28, 2021

SPE Media Festival 2020 Code

SPE Member Waiver code for the 2022 SPE Media Festival : SPEmember2022


March 13, 2020

As CoronaVirus Concerns Rise on Campus, Explore Resources For Teaching Remotely

To help stop the spread of COVID-19 throughout the United States, several universities, including the University of Washington, Stanford, Columbia and Princeton, have chosen to temporarily forgo in-person classes in favor of remote learning. The decision to transition classes is part of an attempt at "social distancing," the practice of limiting large gatherings and in-person contact to slow the transmission of the virus. In most of these cases, it has been left up to faculty to make decisions about how to move their classes online. In an effort to crowdsource resources, we've gathered tweets and links that instructors are sharing to help, and will continue to update this list as we receive new ones.


August 17, 2015

Social Documentary Network

Social Documentary Network (SDN) is for documentary photographers, editors, journalists, NGOs, lovers of photography and anyone else who believes that photography plays an important role in educating people about our world. Launched in October 2008, the SDN website today has had nearly 2,000 compelling online exhibits submitted to the site by photographers from all corners of the globe.

July 09, 2015


Conscientious is a website dedicated to contemporary fine-art photography, founded by Jörg M. Colberg. It offers daily profiles of photographers, in-depth interviews, exhibition and book reviews, and general articles about photography and related issues.

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