Student photographers use advanced techniques to capture meaningful snapshots

Photography Conservatory students learn to produce meaningful work that establishes links to the cultural  and artistic fine arts traditions of photography.

Students are introduced to advanced studio techniques of traditional black and white photographic processes, digital camera operation and media arts. 

Projects are open-ended, allowing for multiple solutions. Conservatory students will produce original photographs that are meaningful on a personal level and also suitable for AP or college portfolios. A year-long commitment is encouraged for students working on portfolios. 

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  • Photography students travel back in time to capture an image of the original Strub Hall

    To commemorate the centennial of Strub Hall, Paul Tzanetopoulos’ photography class embarked on an ambitious project—to take a photo of the 100-year-old building with a 100-year-old camera. Paul’s extensive camera collection includes an early folding model used by photographers around the same time that the 500 Bellefontaine estate was built. The final result was a spectral and awe-inspiring portrait of Strub Hall, an image that looks very much like those in the Mayfield archives. We sat down with Mr. T to discuss how this photograph came into being.
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  • Photo of Jennifer Saparzadeh

    Jennifer Saparzadeh 

Established in 1931, Mayfield Senior School in Pasadena, CA is a Catholic, independent, college preparatory school for young women grades 9-12. Noted for its rigorous academic program, which includes 28 Advanced Placement and Honors courses, Mayfield’s curriculum is underscored by a philosophy of educating the “whole child,” which also encourages commitment to and excellence in the arts, athletics, community service and spiritual growth. The nurturing environment at Mayfield Senior School allows each student to flourish in an atmosphere of personal attention.