The Photography Program Gallery features contemporary photography exhibitions.

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The gallery offers a regular schedule of contemporary photography exhibitions by established and emerging photographers from around the world. Students in our Photography program have the opportunity to closely examine work from leading image makers.

Our recently expanded and renovated gallery space includes 75-100 linear feet of gallery walls, projection capabilities, and state of the art tunable LED lights on the 15th floor of Terra Hall.

Terra Hall
211 South Broad Street, 15th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Gallery Hours
Monday - Friday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday: by appointment

Exhibitions: Terra Hall, Room 1502 (unless noted)
Receptions: Terra Hall, Room 1502, (unless noted)
Paradigm Lecutres: Terra Hall 1504 (unless noted)


In the Gallery


The Winds of Africanus, archival digital print, 2017

Exhibition: August 23 - September 29, 2019
Reception: September 26, 2019, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Paradigm Lecture: September 26, 2019, 3:00 - 4 p.m.

“Shawn Theodore represents the new generation of contemporary visual artists who are using their gifts to combat negative stereotypes and foster images that reaffirm and empower. In use of his third eye, he makes his subjects who are all too often deemed invisible, not only visible, but relevant in a world where people of color are projected as unimportant, and irrelevant. His mastery of light and composition are evident in all of his stunning and insightful creations.” - Jamel Shabaz

Dinas Knees, unique ink jet print, ca. 2009

Exhibition: October 3 - November 3, 2019
Reception: October 3, 2019, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Paradigm Lecture: October 3, 2019, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

“Proximities is a forty year retrospective view of the various photography based projects by Philadelphia photographer John Carlano. From early chemically stained and otherwise altered silver prints to current digital manipulations of studio based figure tableaus, the exhibition surveys this artists curiosities regarding what a photograph is and how the processes can be altered, played with.”

Exhibition: November 8 - December 8, 2019
Reception: November 15, 2019, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Paradigm Lecture: November 14, 2019, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.


Untitled Chemical Painting [IC 70] from the series Infra Certum, unique silver gelatin tetraptych, 2019

"There are intangible, invisible forces that shape our reality, from the intimate to the cosmic. I am interested in how an abstract language can help us talk about these large abstract concepts."


LS17_193, Unique Archival Pigment Prints; Graphite; Wax Pastel; Vellum; T-pins, 2017

“With her series LINEATIONS, begun in 2014, Haber Fifield has been expanding her photographic practice: a series that includes hand-drawn marks, layers of vellum, and other material interventions that interrupt the flat nature of the medium, driving the work into the realm of photo-based construction. No single material or conceptual element outweighs the other in LINEATIONS. The haptic and the visual combine into a compositional whole that is light on its feet and yet encourages conceptual investigation.”


The Falls II, pigment print scratched with a razor, 2015

“Christopher Russell’s work comes from looking at the history of photography through the lens of its current conditions. It infuses a romantic handwork with mechanical reproduction to create otherworldly impressions of already well documented areas such as Oregon’s Columbia Gorge.”

A Device to Forget, archival inkjet print and thread, 2019

Exhibition: January 17 - February 16, 2020

“Hillerbrand+Magsamen are a collaborative artist family who has made a series of work called Devices where they transform everyday household objects into devices for emotional survival.”

Lyng, inkjet print, 2016

Exhibition: February 21 - March 22, 2020
Reception: February 27, 2020, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Paradigm Lecture: February 27, 2020, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

“The Muxes of Oaxaca are considered to be the third sex in Mexico, they do not define themselves as homosexuals, they have surpassed this idea. They are rather considered to be a mixture between both genders, and people in a constant search for beauty.”

Photography by Archive192 Sara Angelucci - Sara Angelucci, Coppley Patterns (DM) from Piece Work, ink jet print, 2017

Exhibition: March 27 - April 26, 2020
Paradigm Lecture: TBD

“Archive 192 is a not for profit research archive founded in 2015 that is focused on abstractionist photography by women. The goal of this project is to create, share, educate and eventually place all the materials in an appropriate institution, which can care for, make available and share this unique and innovative approach to photography. The archive is composed mostly of original prints, publications, artist books, audio recordings and a variety of ephemera related to women and photography.”


Paradigm Lecture Series

Mother applying sunscreen to her child in a hotel room, Orlando, Florida

Paradigm Lecture: September 5, 2019, 1:00 - 2:300 p.m.

“Amit Elkayam is a recent graduate of the International Center of Photography. Prior to moving to the United States, he spent three years in the Israeli army, where he served as a photojournalist. His recent work exhibits an uncharacteristically youthful and soft tone, that is both charming, naïve, and thoughtful.” - Clara Mokri


Waiting (Purgatory), archival pigment print, 2019

Paradigm Lecture: February 6, 2020, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

“Steph’s work is an examination of the prison industrial complex in the United States and its many tentacles that make incredible sums of money from the mass incarceration of a population consisting primarily (and disproportionately) of Black, Indigenous and Hispanic people. At its core, Foster’s work seeks to decodify Black suffering like what we are continuously bludgeoned with in popular media.” - Niama Sandy