Santa Monica College has a vibrant Photography Department that believes in teaching inkjet printing as an integral part of its curriculum. This two year community college, started in 1946, offers an Associates Arts degree with a wide variety of course offerings to students who are often working full time and putting themselves through school.
Professor Ford Lowcock spoke with us recently about the program and the importance of teaching printing to the students there. Ford began his career in 1974 and became a master at layer masking techniques working with Cibachrome starting in 1981. working with one of Eliot Porter’s assistants doing Dye Transfer prints. He also worked with one of Eliot Porter’s assistants learning the master techniques of making Dye Transfer prints. His love of photography spans the decades right up to current digital technology.
Enjoy this clip from our interview with Professor Lowcock:
An important component of the program is teaching the process of taking the image all the way to the print. “I’m always encouraging my students to go out and print,” says Ford. “That is the standard, I think… does [the image] hold up in a print… I absolutely love printing and encourage all my students to print more.” The annual student exhibition is a highlight of the year at Santa Monica College.
Ford started using ILFORD inkjet media very early on and he still enjoys the ILFORD GALERIE photo papers and the quality they exhibit.
“We created a sample booklet of quite a few different papers and of course all the ILFORD papers are in it,” he said. “As soon as they see the Gold [Fibre] Silk they gravitate toward that. Once the first student brings it in they all gather around… That’s the one they go to from our sample book.” They want to see it, feel it, touch it, and smell it!
The photography department at Santa Monica College has a strong community component. “We have such a great course offering,” said Ford . “Our students often go slower and stay with us longer.” Students are often working while going to school so having this option to attend classes is a great opportunity for everyone in the community and a great service that Santa Monica offers to the folks there.
Find out more about Santa Monica College at www.smc.edu. And learn more about ILFORD GALERIE Prestige papers at www.ILFORD.com. The new fine art inkjet papers from ILFORD give you more versatility than ever before. Be sure to follow ILFORD Imaging on Facebook and @ILFORDImaging on Twitter to keep up with all the latest from ILFORD for digital printing.