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MPS Digital Photography Celebrates its i3: Series’ 10th Anniversary with Talks and Exhibition
September 10, 2021 by Maeri Ferguson
Tommy Khan, Prince, Midtown Memphis, 2018, from the series Return to Sender

Tommy Khan, Prince, Midtown Memphis, 2018, from the series Return to Sender.

Credit: Tommy Khan.

This fall, SVA’s MPS Digital Photography program will celebrate the tenth anniversary of its revered i3: Ideas, Images and Inspiration lecture series with an impressive lineup of speakers and a special exhibition at NYC’s famed Photoville


Launched in 2011 by founding chair of the MPS Digital Photography program Katrin Eismann and continued by current chair Tom P. Ashe, the i3 lecture series has historically offered free public lectures by esteemed thought leaders from across the photography industry. Over the past decade, there have been over 184 lectures by photographers, editors, gallerists, software engineers and curators, including SVA faculty member Elinor Carucci, Cig Harvey, Robert Herman, Greg Gorman, Yulia Gorbachenko, John Edwin Mason, Kira Pollack, Jerry Takigawa, and Ruddy Roye. Nearly all of these lectures are available on Vimeo and YouTube, making them a tremendous resource for photography enthusiasts, educators and students around the world.


Eismann returns to SVA as curator of this fall’s milestone slate of speakers, taking place every two weeks on Tuesdays from 7:00-8:30pm ET via Zoom. The first half of the 2021-22 schedule is below: 


Gabriel Garcia Roman: Caption: Yves, 2014, from the series Queer Icons

Gabriel Garcia Roman, Yves, 2014, from the series "Queer Icons."

Credit: Gabriel Garcia Roman.

In addition to being this year’s first guest speaker, longtime i3 host and curator and program alumnus and faculty, Jaime Permuth has curated the forthcoming exhibition “On Turning Ten: An i3 Family Album,” which will be on view at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 3 from September 18 through December 1, part of Photoville. The exhibition will feature 17 photographers and past i3 series lecturers, many of whom have gone on to become part of the MPS Digital Photography program as faculty, guest critics or thesis advisors. Visitors will see work from acclaimed artists including Carucci, Jon Henry, Jennifer McClure, Richard Renaldi and Pixy Liao, exploring themes of family, love and interconnectedness. The exhibition is co-sponsored by SVA and Calibrite, a newly formed company dedicated to servicing the color management needs of the photo, video and content creation markets.


While the i3 lectures will remain virtual for the foreseeable future, the Photoville exhibition is the perfect place to reconvene with friends and celebrate works from the SVA community. For more information on the i3 lecture series, head here, and for details about Photoville, click here.

Cecelia Paredes, Blue Landscape, 2007

Cecelia Paredes, Blue Landscape, 2007.

Credit: Cecelia Paredes.