SACI MFA in Photography students live and work in the city that, during the Renaissance, revolutionized art and has since served as an inspiration and catalyst for generations of artists. Beginning with the achievements of the Alinari brothers, who in 1852 established what would become their legendary photography workshop in Florence, a tradition of dynamic photographic practice has arisen in Italy and thrives today in fields such as conceptual photography, landscape photography, and photojournalism, in which an international renaissance is being led by Italian photographers.
Students in the MFA in Photography program pursue a curriculum integrating practical and critical skills that encourages individual innovation, creative collaboration, mentorships, and instruction from SACI’s outstanding faculty. They benefit as well from interaction with members of SACI’s Artists Council and the Friends of SACI, which include established artists, photographers, critics, curators, and publishers, many of international renown.
Working in their own individual studios in a fully renovated Renaissance palazzo in the heart of Florence, students are near the Alinari National Museum of the History of Photography, which features a large permanent photography collection and holds regular exhibitions of works by major contemporary photographers, and the Alinari Archives, an internationally-renowned repository of photographs taken worldwide from the 19th to 21st century. Students are surrounded by great works that have drawn artists and photographers past and present to Florence to seek inspiration and develop their own pictorial language. In their graduate seminars, students explore a range of contemporary photographic practices, visit photographers in their studios, and interview museum curators, critics, and other significant figures in the art and photography worlds. Students travel to major art sites, attend international art and photography fairs throughout Italy, and are encouraged, through individual practice and group critiques, to explore to the fullest their potential as photographers.