Panelists will discuss the role of higher education in contemporary photography. How does the photographic practice relate to visual arts, literature, film, and journalism? How do educators keep up with technological developments? How does social media activism interact with photography education? What are some of the approaches to different techniques and materials? What role does photographic history and tradition play in today’s classroom?

Art Education and the Uses of Photography is apart of this year's edition of Photoville. View The Future Perfect, ICP’s 2016 Alumni Exhibition, and other participating exhibitions at New York City's largest annual photographic event.


  • Yola Monakhov Stockton (Moderator)
  • Elinor Carucci
  • Stephen Hilger
  • Fred Richtin


Yola Monakhov Stockton was born in Moscow and raised in New York City. Her photography has been published by The New Yorker, Harper’s, Le Monde, Marie Claire, Newsweek, The New York Times, Der Stern, and TIME. She has also taught at Columbia University, the International Center of Photography, LaGuardia Community College, Pace University, and as full-time faculty at Smith College. Her work is in the permanent collections of the George Eastman Museum, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Smith College Museum of Art, JP Morgan Chase, and Fidelity Investments. Her first monograph, The Nature of Imitation, came out with Schilt Publishing in 2015. Her work has been included in solo and group exhibitions at the Alice Austen House, George Eastman Museum, Light Field Festival, Sasha Wolf Gallery, and Tianshui Photography Festival, and is represented by Rick Wester Fine Art and Schilt Publishing Gallery. As of 2016, she is Assistant Professor in Photography at SUNY Buffalo State College, and lives in Buffalo with her husband and two sons.

Born in Jerusalem, Elinor Carucci graduated from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in 1995 with a degree in photography, and moved to New York that same year. Her work has been included in many solo and group exhibitions, including solo shows at the Edwynn Houk gallery, Fifty One Fine Art Gallery, James Hyman and Gagosian Gallery, and group shows at The Museum of Modern Art New York, MoCP Chicago, and The Photographers’ Gallery in London.

Her photographs are included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art New York, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Houston Museum of Fine Art, among others and her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Details, New York Magazine, W, Aperture, and ARTnews among other publications.

She was awarded the ICP Infinity Award in 2001, The Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002, and the New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in 2010. Carucci has published three monographs: Closer (Chronicle Books 2002), Diary of a Dancer (SteidlMack 2005) and MOTHER (Prestel 2013). Carucci teaches at the graduate photography program at School of Visual Arts and is represented by Edwynn Houk Gallery.

Stephen Hilger is a photographer based in Brooklyn. Hilger’s photographs trace historical memory in the social landscape. Hilger has exhibited at venues including Contemporary Art Exhibitions in Los Angeles, the Contemporary Art Center New Orleans, and Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop in Brooklyn. His work will be featured in a group exhibition at Transmitter in the fall of 2016. Hilger has also written essays on contemporary photographers including Sue de Beer, Lee Friedlander, David Goldblatt, and others. He teaches at Pratt Institute where he is the Chair of the Photography Department and curates the Pratt Photography Lectures. Hilger received his B.A. in 1998 and M.F.A. in 2003, both from Columbia University, and he participated in the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program in 2003-2004.

Fred Ritchin is Dean of the School at ICP which serves more than 5,000 students each year in graduate, certificate, continuing education, and youth photography programs. Ritchin was also the founding director of the Documentary Photography and Photojournalism Program at the School of ICP and was appointed Dean in 2014.

Prior to joining ICP, Fred Ritchin was professor of Photography and Imaging at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and co-director of the NYU/Magnum Foundation Photography and Human Rights educational program. Previously the picture editor of The New York Times Magazine (1978–82), executive editor of Camera Arts magazine (1982–83), and founding director of the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Program at the International Center of Photography (1983–86), Ritchin has written and lectured internationally about the challenges and possibilities implicit in the digital revolution.

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