Photography Department

Welcome to the Santa Monica College Photography Department, where students come to learn professional techniques in portraiture, lighting, retouching and analog film photography. 

Contact the Photo Department

Contact Administrative Assistant David Mendoza (Preferred Contact Method)

  • Email:
  • Phone: 310-434-3547
  • Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Response Time: 48 hours

Department Chair Josh Sanseri

Photography Events

Annual Student show - Opening Reception
June 4th, 2022  6-8PM
at  Barrett Gallery

in the
Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center
1310 11th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Spring 2022 Student Portfolio Exhibit
June 4th, 2022  6-8PM
3rd Floor Drescher Hall Photo Gallery
Santa Monica College
1900 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405


A Conversation with Henry Rollins & Frank Ockenfels 3:
The Art of Photographic Storytelling
April 26, 2021 at 7 p.m.
Photography Events

Henry Rollins & Frank Ockenfels Flyer


What You'll Learn

Commercial Studio Photography

Our commercial photography degree and certificate programs are designed to help you develop command over the camera equipment and studio lighting as you work with the latest in camera, lighting, and software technology.

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People & Portrait Photography

Our People & Portraiture curriculum emphasizes the skills necessary for creating dynamic and compelling images of people. Whether you’re photographing professional models or everyday people, you’ll learn to communicate and narrate stories using the visual language of light and composition.

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Digital Retouching

Digital retouching in the field of photography applies to nearly every sector of the job market, with opportunities across entertainment, fashion and beauty, technology, digital marketing, advertising, graphic design, art, and more.

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Analog Photography

Our curriculum in analog and non-silver processes is some of the most comprehensive in the country. Our well-equipped traditional B&W and color darkrooms play host to learning B&W film processing/printing, color (RA-4) printing, Lithe printing, Platinum/Palladium printing, Cyanotype printing, large format photography, and more.

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Title image by SMC student Olesia Stoliar