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Guide to the Parsons School of Design MFA Photography program theses, 2005-2017

Collection Overview

Repository

Parsons Institutional Collections

Collection Identifier

PC.02.04.03

Creator

Parsons School of Design. Photography Department.

Title

Parsons School of Design MFA Photography program theses, 2005-2019

Extent

131.65 Gigabytes: 2818 files

Language of Materials

English

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], Parsons School of Design MFA Photography program theses, PC.02.04.03, New School Archives, The New School, New York, New York.

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Historical Note

Parsons School of Design's MFA Photography program launched in 2002. As of 2017, it is part of Parsons’ School of Art, Media, and Technology (AMT). The 2017 website describes the program as follows:

The MFA Photography program prepares students to become practicing artists and scholars who redefine the creative role of photography within contemporary culture. The program challenges students to move beyond current paradigms, anticipating and setting trends rather than following them.

American artist William Merritt Chase established Parsons School of Design in 1896 as the Chase School of Art. While founded as a school of fine arts instruction, it soon added courses in "applied arts," which became the primary focus under the direction of Frank Alvah Parsons. The name of the school changed several times, to the New York School of Art in 1902, then to the New York School of Fine and Applied Art in 1909. In 1940, the Board of Trustees voted to change the school's name to Parsons School of Design in recognition of Frank Alvah Parsons' leadership and to differentiate it from other, similarly named institutions.

In 1921, Parsons School of Design's European School opened with headquarters in France called the Paris Ateliers. The Ateliers closed in 1939 due to the escalation of World War II, and never reopened in its pre-war form. Summer study tours of Europe resumed in the late 1940s. When Parsons School of Design affiliated with the New School for Social Research in 1970, students could for the first time earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the New School (before the merger, students earned either a certificate for a three-year program of study at Parsons, or a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree granted by New York University, by taking courses at both schools). A more robust, year-round overseas program resumed at Parsons in the late 1970s under the leadership of Dean David C. Levy. The 1970s also saw the growth of continuing education programs at Parsons, and the introduction of an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree track. In the 1980s, Parsons developed a number of partnerships with international schools, and launched a short-lived merger between Parsons School of Design and the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. The first Parsons graduate program was established at Parsons in 1978, in Fine Arts, with masters programs in other areas added in subsequent years, including a Master of Architecture program begun in 1989. The 2000s saw an increase in the number of graduate programs at Parsons, with new programs introduced nearly every year.

As of 2018, the director of the MFA Photography program is Jim Ramer.

Sources: https://www.newschool.edu/parsons/mfa-photography/

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Scope and Content of Collection

This record group consists of graduate theses created by students in the Parsons School of Design Photography MFA program.

The theses consist of mixed-media digital images, video, and Microsoft PowerPoint files. Also included are Microsoft Word doc and pdf files containing artist statements.

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Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in three series, as of 2017.

  1. 2015
  2. 2016
  3. 2017

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Parsons Institutional Collections - July 31, 2018

66 5th Avenue
lobby
New York, New York
212.229.5942
archivist@newschool.edu

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], Parsons School of Design MFA Photography program theses, PC.02.04.03, New School Archives, The New School, New York, New York.

Revision Description

 Series have been added for 2005-2014 and 2018-2019. Extent has been updated per series and at the collection level. Deaccession notes are updated.  December 5, 2019

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research use. Researchers must use digital access copies.

Use Restrictions

In accordance with The New School's Intellectual Property Rights Policy, copyright is held by each thesis' respective author. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Theses are submitted to the archives by students in the MFA Photography program, with support from MFA Photography program administrators.

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Related Materials

Researchers interested in the Parsons School of Design Photography program should consult the following collections held by The New School Archives & Special Collections: Parsons School of Design academic departments, programs and schools collection (pre-2009 accessions) (PC.02.01.01) and Parsons School of Design academic departments, programs and schools (ONGOING) (PC.02.01.02).

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Keywords for Searching Related Subjects

Genre(s)

  • Photographs.
  • Theses.

Occupation(s)

  • Photographers.

Subject(s)

  • Photography.

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Other Finding Aids note

To view theses from the Parsons School of Design MFA Photography program, see The New School Archives Digital Collections at http://digitalarchives.library.newschool.edu/index.php/Detail/collections/PC020403.

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Collection Inventory

2005   3.74 Gigabytes: 193 files 10 theses. Extent represents born digital submissions.

Box Folder
Bezamet, Christopher. "Untitled Thesis Project" 2005 
Braunstein, Lori. "Adam Beta, Chapter II" 2005 
Brooks, Phillip. "Traces and The Inversion of Portraiture" (Advisor: Simone Douglas) 2005 
Geddes, William. "The Place Where I Once Cut My Hand On a Piece of Glass" 2005 
Giarraputo, Alexandra. "Untitled Thesis Project" 2005 
Kim, Yong Hee. "Untitled Thesis Project" 2005 
Lanzoni, Margaret. "Window" (Advisor: Simone Douglas) 2005 
Marisak, Vanessa. "Untitled Thesis Project" 2005 
Meheran, Pamela Frandina. "Hairy Issues" 2005 
Wu, Hsuan-Hsuan. "Untitled Thesis Project" (Advisor: Simone Douglas) 2005 

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2006   3.89 Gigabytes: 148 files 7 theses. Extent represents born digital submissions.

Box Folder
Davidson, Courtney. "Untitled Thesis Project" 2006 
Duncan, Maureen. "Skips" 2006 
Fleming, Melissa. "Untitled Thesis Project" 2006 
Griffin, Sherry. "Sensorium" 2006 
Lieberman, Ilona. "Home" 2006 
Sudhoff, Sarah. "Untitled Thesis Project" 2006 
Warner, Carol. "The Best of Everything" 2006 

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2007   3.25 Gigabytes: 146 files 7 theses. Extent represents born digital submissions.

Box Folder
Cates, Chelsea. "Embedded" 2007 
Dupree, Robert. "Tomorrow It Will Be Different" 2007 
Dyer, Jeremy. "Untitled Thesis Project" 2007 
Hallock, Patti. "Wreck Room" 2007 
Li, Cheng-Shu. "Untitled Thesis Project" 2007 
Sudol, Eliza. "Disposal" 2007 
Villines, Carrie. "Members Only" 2007 

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2008   49 Gigabytes: 170 files 7 theses. Extent represents born digital submissions.

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Fernandes, Mark William. "Elemental" 2008 
Harger, Nathan. "Untitled Thesis Project" 2008 
Hsun Wu, Meng. "Be Your Own Protagonist" 2008 
Park, Kyung Mi. "Second Nature" 2008 
Samuelson, Haley. "Untitled Thesis Project" 2008 
Simpson, Sean. "Untitled Thesis Project" 2008 
Xu, Tingting. "World of Metaphors" 2008 

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2009   2.67 Gigabytes: 175 files 8 theses. Extent represents born digital submissions.

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Cameron, Emily. "Untitled Thesis Project" 2009 
Choate, Jenna. "Untitled Thesis Project" 2009 
Durtsche, Daniel. "Untitled Thesis Project" 2009 
Giese, Amy Theiss. "Concealed at first at last I appear" 2009 
Gustafson, Aaron. "Untitled Thesis Project" 2009 
Pascarella, Lauren. "Untitled Thesis Project" 2009 
Unsal, Merve. "Interpretation" 2009 
Yatrofsky, Jessica. "Performance and the Male Nude" 2009 

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2010   9.34 Gigabytes: 259 files 12 theses. Extent represents born digital submissions.

Box Folder
Davidson, Bobby. "Untitled Thesis Project" 2010 
Dennison, Sally. "Without A Shadow" 2010 
Donato, Frank. "Unsanctioned Individuality." 2010 
Ibanez Romagnoli, Veronica. "Untitled" 2010 
Kim, Chang. "Ad Signs" 2010 
Lush, Chrissy. "How Things Are" 2010 
Lyding, Meg. "Untitled Thesis Project" 2010 
Mirlesse, Sabine. "Untitled Thesis Project" 2010 
Porter, Rachel Bee. "Untitled Thesis Project" 2010 
Sakaguchi, Mana. "Tangible Remnants" 2010 
Stanley, Stephanie. "And We All Fall Down" 2010 
Taylor, Patrick. "Untitled Thesis Project" 2010 

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2011   3.71 Gigabytes: 174 files 7 theses. Extent represents born digital submissions.

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Bleich (Smith), Lisa. "Residue" 2011 
Deng, Yan. "Reasonable illogical social responses" 2011 
Hays, Aubrey. "Between Dog and Wolf (Entre chien et loup)" 2011 
Rivers, Sam D. "Untitled Thesis Project" 2011 
Rozenberg, Niv. "Automonuments" 2011 
Schwalm, Elisa. "Life/Death: The Diorama and The Photograph" (Advisors: Simone Douglas, James Ramer and Carol Warner) 2011 
Stollar, Rachael. "Second Skin" 2011 

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2012   14.96 Gigabytes: 370 files 18 theses. Extent represents born digital submissions.

Box Folder
Abel, Adam. "Palestine Interrupted" 2012 
Bett, Nathan. "Untitled Thesis Project" 2012 
Bueschlen, Haley. "Untitled Thesis Project" 2012 
Dominica Giglio, Paige. "Lull and Splendor" 2012 
Entelis, Dylan. "Untitled Thesis Project" 2012 
Fitzgerald, Colleen. "Treatment" 2012 
Hardy, Sylvia. "Visual Repatriation" 2012 
Huron, Leif. "Harvest" 2012 
Labey, Christina. "The History of Flight" 2012 
Lindsey-Hall, Phoenix. "Untitled Thesis Project" 2012 
Ma, S Sharon. "Collectors" 2012 
Morell, Chelsey. "Weather Systems and Fly-catcher Memories" 2012 
Park, Kwang Eun. "Beyond the Light" 2012 
Rubin, Charlie. "Explorations of the Real" 2012 
Salamone, Sara Maria. "From Ash to Apollo (18 months)" 2012 
Seung Ju, Jae. "Untitled Thesis Project" 2012 
Sprowls Cervantes, Maria. "Totally. Tenderly. Tragically." 2012 
Yichen, Zhou. "Untitled Thesis Project" 2012 

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2013   16.24 Gigabytes: 245 files 11 theses. Extent represents born digital submissions.

Box Folder
Deamond, John. "A Field Guide to the Extinct and Extirpated Birds of North America" 2013 
Dill, Devon. "Unfamiliar Familiarities" 2013 
Haefner, Lisa. "Burned In" 2013 
James, Terrance. "The Biomythography is Built off the Back of My Resistance" 2013 
McKinney, Joy. "Untitled Thesis Project" 2013 
Monczewski, Denise. "Untitled Thesis Project" 2013 
Spicer, Jeanette. "How Things Are, or How They Could Be." 2013 
Stone, Kate. "A Place for Each Thing and Each Thing in its Place" 2013 
Sunittramat, Kreerath. "Untitled Thesis Project" 2013 
Theard, Noelle. "Mali" 2013 
Trigano, Regis. "RE/MATERIALIZED" 2013 

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2014   4.86 Gigabytes: 119 files 8 theses. Extent represents born digital submissions.

Box Folder
Atallah, Lara. "Tales of a non-country" 2014 
Cakmakci, Berk. "Untitled Thesis Project" 2014 
Gevint, Michelle Claire. "Urban Speculation " 2014 
Hood, Jordan. "Entanglement" 2014 
Jung, Woo-Ram. "Untitled" 2014 
Sanchez, Gabriel. "Early Still Lifes" 2014 
Smyth, Jonathan David. "Untitled" 2014 
Winfrey, Michael. "Untitled Thesis Project" 2014 

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2015   17.86 Gigabytes: 239 files 10 theses. Extent represents born digital submissions.

Box Folder
Bell, Marco. "La Patria es America" (Advisors: James Ramer) 2015 
Chen, Shiang-Jiun. "The Drawn Toward and the Anticipating/Waiting Line Series" (Advisor: James Ramer) 2015 
Hu, Qiren. "Thesis Statement" (Advisor: James Ramer) 2015 
Huang, Dongli. "Chinatown Project" (Advisors: James Ramer) 2015 
Lee, Dongmin. "Another Portrait of Today's SNS" (Advisors: James Ramer) 2015 
Liang, Rosana. "I Find You, You Find Me" (Advsor: James Ramer) 2015 
Middleton, Ashley. "Through Others" (Advisor: James Ramer) 2015 
Ono, Masahito. "en route" (Advisor: James Ramer) 2015 
Preston, Melissa. "Gnomon" (Advisors: James Ramer; Sarah Hasted; Jeanine Oleson) 2015 
Scerbak, Matthew Brian. "Aisthesis" (Advisor: James Ramer) 2015 

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2016   6.84 Gigabytes: 191 files 7 theses. Extent represents born digital submissions.

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Ferguson, Chris. "Bad Curio" (Advisor: Ruthie Kroah) 2016 
Kock, Fernanda. "Catalogue of Surfaces" (Advisor: James Ramer) 2016 
Kwok, Alex. "Light Reflections" (Advisor: James Ramer) 2016 
Meyer, Kyle. "Gestures in a Time of an Epidemic & Body Bags" (Advisor: James Ramer) 2016 
Mezulic, Cecilia. "An End in Itself" (Advisor: James Ramer) 2016 
Mikushkina, Varvara. "Lux and Lumen" (Advisor: James Ramer) 2016 
Sun, Zhongjia. "Names of Things" (Advisors: James Ramer, Miranda Lichtenstein; Jeanine Oleson; Laura Parnes; Arthur Ou) 2016 

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2017   7.35 Gigabytes: 57 files 4 theses. Extent represents born digital submissions.

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Fewzee, Arash. "On consciousness and unpredictable information" (Advisor: James Ramer) 2017 
Keso, Annaleena. "The Scale/The Flaw" (Advisor: James Ramer) 2017 
Padron, Christian. "The Veil" (Advisor: James Ramer) 2017 
Wang, Sarah. "The Gods Life" (Advisor: James Ramer) 2017 

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2018   4.84 Gigabytes: 60 files 5 theses. Extent represents born digital submissions.

Box Folder
Braine, Maryanne. "Excavation" 
Finnell, Shannon. "Counterbalance" (Advisor: James Ramer) 2018 
Huang, Guaier; Wang, Runzhong. "Re-Touch" 2018 
Zar, Eva. "Femme" (Advisor: James Ramer) 2018 
Hernández Gil de Lamadrid, María del Mar. "How [Not] To Assimilate" 

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2019   281 Gigabytes: 272 files 11 theses. Extent represents born digital submissions.

Box Folder
Bi, Zhuoning. "Everything I Never Told You" 2019 
Burris, Dawnja. "Chaco Reimagined" 2019 
Gao, Zeta (Peilin). "HOUSED" 2019 
Gonzalez, Miguel. "De_American/Landscape" 2019 
Kim, June. "Untitled (2019)" 2019 
Lee, Hsin-Yeh (Harold). "Moment in the Space" 2019 

Upon request of the author, this thesis is only accessible to researchers on-site at The New School Archives until August 1, 2020.

Lyu, Peng. "Flare" 2019 
Malik, Spandita. "Nāri" 2019 

Upon request of the author, this thesis is only accessible to researchers on-site at The New School Archives until August 1, 2020.

Purse, Dorian. "House on the Hill" 2019 
Qian, Leixin. "Ricorda/ It Remembers" 2019 

Upon request of the author, this thesis is only accessible to researchers on-site at The New School Archives until August 1, 2020.

White, Adrian. "The Pickled Memory Project: White's Only" 2019 

Upon request of the author, this thesis is only accessible to researchers on-site at The New School Archives until August 1, 2020.

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Collection Guide Last Updated: 12/20/2019

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