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. (more…)