Students: We want your photos of life at Tyler
The Tyler School of Art is embarking on a major re-design of its admissions viewbooks, the publications used by prospective students searching for the right college, and this time the school will experiment with a new source for photography: Tyler students.
Starting after Spring Break, Tyler is asking all of its students, undergraduate and graduate, to share their best images of the Tyler experience, including scenes of the creative process, classrooms and studios, student life, student-teacher interactions, exhibitions and installations, museum and gallery visits, critiques, research in the field, facilities, social events, technology, spontaneous gatherings and more.
“The people who really understand what’s great about Tyler are our students, and we can’t think of anyone with could do a better job of capturing that with the authenticity and the skill that we need,” said Tyler staff member Olivia Menta, BFA ’14, who is managing the viewbook project.
Tyler will be soliciting photos from students for the next four weeks. The viewbooks’ designers will select photos for publication (each image’s photographer will be credited).
The best images, Menta said, will show people in action—individuals or groups of people creating, building, installing, performing, examining, researching, exploring or even just hanging out. Although images that show off Tyler’s facilities are needed, Menta stressed that images outside of Tyler are welcomed as well, including photos showing Tyler students, faculty and/or staff on Temple’s Main, Ambler and international campuses and throughout Philadelphia. Posed pictures will be considered, but are less likely to be published.
“The goal here is to communicate Tyler’s energy, community and diversity,” Menta said. “We can’t wait to see what our students share with us.”
Students wishing to submit photos should share their images via this form. Because the viewbooks are print publications, images should be high-resolution.
In addition, Menta said that Tyler is seeking to identify a small, select group of students to serve as leaders of the project—people with a strong sense of design and experience as photographers who might be willing to shoot a certain number of images every week for four weeks and recruit other ambassadors. Tyler students interested in serving as leaders and ambassadors for the Tyler viewbook project should complete this form by Friday, March 15.
For more information, please contact Olivia Menta at email@example.com or 215-777-9710.