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Founded in 1965, the photography program at Spokane Falls Community College is an intensive two-year study of visual communications. Students explore career opportunities in commercial illustration, corporate communications, photojournalism and portraiture, and have opportunities to interact with industry through field trips, guest speakers and cooperative work experiences.

First-year students learn the fundamentals of lighting and composition while surveying career fields. Second-year students complete projects with real world scenarios and focus on prevailing trends in technology.

Camera In addition to teaching technical skills and artistic design, the program stresses positive work habits and helps students develop personal career goals.

With guidance from an advisory committee made up of employers and working professionals, the photography program is constantly updated to reflect current industry standards.


All course offerings are subject to change. The college cannot guarantee class offerings, designated times or specific instructors - as funding levels and student interest may affect whether or not an offering is available.

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Class Credits
PHOTO 101Introduction to Photography 5.0
PHOTO 102Photographic Appreciation 2.0
PHOTO 111Studio Photography I 4.0
PHOTO 112Photographic Design 4.0
PHOTO 115Photography Lab II 3.0
PHOTO 120Photographic Arts 3.0
PHOTO 121Location Photography I 4.0
PHOTO 125Photography Lab III 3.0
PHOTO 126Digital Photography 5.0
PHOTO 131Introduction to Photojournalism 3.0
PHOTO 132Advanced Black and White Photography 3.0
PHOTO 133Color Lab 3.0
PHOTO 200Photography Media 4.0
PHOTO 205Professional Business Practices 1 3.0
PHOTO 215Portfolio Development I 3.0
PHOTO 225Portfolio Development II 3.0
PHOTO 227Professional Business Practices II 3.0
PHOTO 231Studio Photography II 4.0
PHOTO 232Portraiture 4.0
PHOTO 233Location Photography II 4.0
PHOTO 234Digital Photography II 5.0
PHOTO 235Nature and Landscape Photography 5.0
PHOTO 236Photography Workshop 1.0-4.0
PHOTO 237Introduction to Documentary DV Production 5.0
PHOTO 238Fashion Photography 4.0
PHOTO 240Large Format Photography 4.0
PHOTO 247HDSLR Filmmaking 5.0

Contact information is listed below. Select the e-mail link to send an e-mail. For general program information, contact the administrative assistant. The globe icon Globe Icon identifies faculty web sites. Click the globe to visit the site.

Web Faculty/Staff Phone Office Email
Photography 112 Boccaccio, Anthony; Photography Instructor (509) 533-3726 11-108 Anthony.Boccaccio@spokanefalls.edu
  Dietz, RL; Photography Instructor (509) 533-3726 11-108 RL.Dietz@spokanefalls.edu
Photography Gardner, Ira; Photography Instructor (509) 533-3728 11-112 Ira.Gardner@spokanefalls.edu
  Mulvany, Colin; Photography Instructor (509) 533-3726 11-108 Colin.Mulvany@spokanefalls.edu
  Rackham, Melissa; Photography Instructor (509) 533-3726 11-108 Melissa.Rackham@spokanefalls.edu
  Roth, Greg; Faculty (509) 533-3579 24-248 Greg.Roth@spokanefalls.edu
  Sohner, Erik; Photography Instructor (509) 533-3832 11-108 Erik.Sohner@spokanefalls.edu

Contact information is listed below. Select the e-mail link to send an e-mail. For general program information, contact the administrative assistant. The globe icon Globe Icon identifies faculty web sites. Click the globe to visit the site.

Dietz, RL; Photography Instructor

Dietz, RL; Photography Instructor Office: 11-108

Phone: (509) 533-3726

Email: RL.Dietz@spokanefalls.edu

 
RL majored in communication studies and photography at Whitworth University. He has been a member of the photography faculty at Spokane Falls Community College since 2000, specializing in analog darkroom courses.

RL has been a freelance photographic printer and master printer. He has also worked as a consultant for photo finishing labs throughout the United States. He continues to be an active photographer with a portfolio of over 100,000 images. He is best known for his astrophotography of comets and aurora borealis (northern lights) and his documentation of two 1,200-mile artic wilderness canoe expeditions. His most recent portfolios feature images from excursions to Florida and Reykjavik, Iceland.

RL is a member of the Spokane Astronomical Society and owner of Barrens Fine Photographic.

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Gardner, Ira; Photography Instructor

Gardner, Ira; Photography Instructor Office: 11-112

Phone: (509) 533-3728

Email: Ira.Gardner@spokanefalls.edu

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Ira joined the photography faculty at Spokane Falls Community College in 1997, teaching classes in still photography, digital media production, and documentary filmmaking. He majored in communication studies and journalism at Eastern Washington University and has pursued graduate studies in fine art, media theory, and filmmaking at Vermont College and The New School University in New York.

Ira has worked full time as a professional photographer since 1989 and was nationally certified as a commercial photographer by the Professional Photographers of America in 1995. His work emphasizes storytelling whether in words or photographs. He works with digital and film-based cameras up to 8x10.

Ira has served on the board of directors for the Professional Photographers of Washington and is currently Chair of the Northwest Region of the Society for Photographic Education. In addition to teaching, he also does freelance projects including book publishing, gallery exhibitions, and commercial photography assignments.

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Mulvany, Colin; Photography Instructor

Mulvany, Colin; Photography Instructor Office: 11-108

Phone: (509) 533-3726

Email: Colin.Mulvany@spokanefalls.edu

 
Colin is an award winning multimedia producer and staff photographer at The Spokesman-Review, a 100,000-circulation newspaper that covers Eastern Washington and North Idaho. After 18 years as a staff photojournalist, Mulvany made the transition to online storytelling by becoming his newspaper’s first multimedia producer in 2004. He has produced hundreds of video feature stories and audio slideshows.

Mulvany has been honored for his photography and multimedia in Pictures of the Year International, Best of Photojournalism, Society of Newspaper Design, the National Headliners Awards and the National Press Photographer Association’s Monthly Multimedia Contest. In 2005 he was recognized by the Wall Street Journal as being a leading expert in the emerging field of multimedia storytelling and is a sought after national speaker.

Colin has been teaching classes in the photography program at Spokane Falls Community College since 1999.

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Rackham, Melissa; Photography Instructor

Rackham, Melissa; Photography Instructor Office: 11-108

Phone: (509) 533-3726

Email: Melissa.Rackham@spokanefalls.edu

 
Melissa joined the photography faculty at Spokane Falls Community College in 2009. She has also taught at the University of Memphis. Melissa holds an MFA in photography from University of Memphis, a BA from Eastern Washington University, and an AA in photojournalism from Big Bend Community College.

With professional experience as a photojournalist, studio owner, and fine art photographer, Melissa teaches alternative processes, photographic appreciation, and both analog and digital photography courses.

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Roth, Greg; Faculty

Roth, Greg; Faculty Office: 24-248

Phone: (509) 533-3579

Email: Greg.Roth@spokanefalls.edu

 
Greg joined the photography faculty at Spokane Falls Community College in 2000. He teaches basic black and white, color, and digital photography, as well as directed studies and a visual critical thinking workshop. He holds three masters degrees and a PhD.

Greg’s interest in photography began with his father who was a military photographer in WWII. Over the years, his focus has primarily been in fine arts and landscape photography. He has a passion for the history and role of photography and the area of visual critical thinking.

Recently, Greg has researched the history of Spokane photographers and helped catalog for the Eastern Washington Historical Society at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture. He has also done work in albumen printing at the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York, and in wet collodion and tintype photography at Lacock Abbey in England.

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Sohner, Erik; Photography Instructor

Sohner, Erik; Photography Instructor Office: 11-108

Phone: (509) 533-3832

Email: Erik.Sohner@spokanefalls.edu

 
Erik brings over 25 years of professional experience and a high degree of creativity and technical knowledge to the classroom. He has been a faculty member in the photography department at Spokane Falls Community College since 1998. He teaches many of the beginning and advanced application/theory and lighting classes in both studio and location environments and is involved in curriculum development for the photography program.

Erik’s background is primarily in commercial advertising and catalog photography having worked for some of the top studios in the Pacific Northwest and running his own studio in Spokane. He also has a strong background in both analog and digital photographic applications and software. Outside of teaching, Erik pursues his passion for personal fine art and commissioned projects.

Erik holds an AAS degree from the photography program at Spokane Falls Community College. He continued his education at Brooks Institute where he earned a BA degree and was awarded the coveted Illustration and Advertising Departmental Award for outstanding achievement. He also earned an MFA in photography at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

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If you have any questions regarding the Photography program, please contact one of the following instructors:

Faculty/Staff Phone Office Email
Gardner, Ira; Photography Instructor (509) 533-3728 11-112 Ira.Gardner@spokanefalls.edu
Sohner, Erik; Photography Instructor (509) 533-3832 11-108 Erik.Sohner@spokanefalls.edu

Department Phone: (509) 533-3725

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