Michael David Murphy


Michael David Murphy is an artist, writer, editor and teacher in Atlanta, Georgia. His projects have received global notice, including the Katie Couric Show, MSNBC, The Today Show & The Huffington Post. His work, especially “Unphotographable” has been exhibited widely, including Festival Images in Vevey Switzerland, Brighton Photo Fringe and more. He has edited and contributed to publications from Aperture and Fall Line Press to Gray Wolf Press, WIRED and FOTO8. He was a finalist for Georgia Author of the Year in 2017 for “Inspired Georgia.” Michael is currently Digital Director for Atlanta Celebrates Photography.


Jeremy Bolen

Jeremy is an Assistant Professor of Photography who teaches Graduate Critique Seminar, Alternate Processes and Introduction to Photography.

Jeremy Bolen is an artist, researcher, organizer and educator interested in site specific, experimental modes of documentation and presentation.  Much of Bolen’s work involves rethinking systems of recording in an attempt to observe invisible presences that remain from various scientific experiments and human interactions with the earth’s surface. Bolen received his MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2012 and is a recent recipient of the Banff Research in Culture Residency in Alberta, Canada; PACT Zollverein Residency in Essen, Germany; Oxbow Faculty Artist Residency in Saugatuck, MI; Anthropocene Campus Residency in Berlin; Center for Land Use Interpretation Residency in Wendover, Utah; Catwalk Institute Residency in Catskill, NY; Crosshatch Center for Art and Ecology Residency in Mancelona, MI; Signal Fire Residency in Portland, OR and Joshua Tree Highlands Residency in Joshua Tree, CA. His work has been exhibited at numerous locations including the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago;  La Box, Bourges; IDEA Space, Colorado Springs; The Mission, Houston; Galerie Zürcher, Paris; Andrew Rafacz, Chicago; Salon Zürcher, New York; The Drake, Toronto; Untitled Art Fair, Miami; Gallery 400, Chicago; Newspace Center for Photography, Portland; Depaul University Art Museum, Chicago; Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, and Roots and Culture, Chicago. Bolen is co-founder and co-organizer of the Deep Time Chicago collective, and is represented by Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago.

Ben Bowden Lee

Ben Bowden Lee is an Atlanta based artist working primarily with photography, but his work explores a wide range of media including text, installation, found imagery and found objects. Ben earned his BFA in Studio Art from Columbus State University in 2013 and his MFA in Photography from Georgia State University in 2017. Before graduating from GSU he was one of two finalists to earn the 2017 APG Student Prize, alongside fellow CSU artist Peyton Fulford. His work has been exhibited in numerous local Atlanta galleries such as Mint Gallery, Doppler Projects, Atlanta Photography Group, and Day & Night Projects, as well as nationally in places like Colorado Photographic Arts Center in Denver and Aqua Art Miami. His work has also been included in Atlanta Celebrates Photography’s Inspired Georgia publication in 2016, and work has been seen in online publications such as Burnaway and Aint-Bad Magazine.


Joshua Dudley Greer

Joshua is an Academic Professional and Lab Coordinator in the photography program at GSU. In addition to managing the darkrooms, digital labs and equipment checkout spaces, he teaches Studio Lighting & Large Format, Digital Photography, Introduction to Photography and Senior BFA Portfolio Seminar.

Joshua Dudley Greer (b. 1980 Hazleton, PA) is a photographer based in Atlanta, GA where he teaches at Georgia State University. His work has appeared in The California Sunday Magazine, The Atlantic, PDN, Le Monde, The Georgia Review, GUP Magazine and Oxford American. He has received grants from the Maryland State Arts Council, Tennessee Arts Commission and the Aaron Siskind Foundation. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Harvard Art Museums, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the New York Public Library, the Do Good Fund and the High Museum of Art.


IG: @jdudleygreer


Interstate 70, near Salina, Kansas, 2014

Masud Olufani

Masud Olufani is an Instructor in the photography program at GSU who currently teaches the advanced undergraduate critique classes, including Directed Study and Portfolio I and II.

Masud Ashley Olufani (MAO) is an Atlanta based actor and mixed media artist whose studio practice is rooted in the discipline of sculpture. He is a graduate of Arts High School in Newark, N.J., Morehouse College and The Savannah College of Art and Design where he earned an M.F.A. in sculpture in 2013. Masud has exhibited his work in group and solo shows in Atlanta, Georgia; New Orleans; Louisiana; Chicago, Illinois; Richmond, Virginia; Lacoste, France; and Hong Kong, China. The artist has completed residencies at The Vermont Studio Center; SCAD Alumni Artist in Residence in Savannah; The Hambidge Center for Arts and Sciences in Rabun, GA.; and Creative Currents in Portobello, Panama. He is a 2017 Southern Arts Prize State Fellow for Georgia; a recipient of a 2018 and 2015 Idea Capital Grant; a Southwest Airlines Art and Social Engagement grant; a recipient of 2015-16’ MOCA GA Working Artist Project Grant, and is a member of the 2014-15’ class of the Walthall Fellows. He is the lead designer of Blocked at Five Points, a site-specific installation created to memorialize the enslaved Africans bought and sold at the Crawford Frazier Auction House, which once stood on the grounds of Atlanta’s Five Points MARTA station. He had a reoccurring role on the BET series The Quad and has appeared in numerous television shows including Being Mary Jane, Devious Maids, Satisfaction, and, Nashville. He is a featured actor in the film biopic All Eyez on Me: The Tupac Shakur Story.

Katherine Cunningham

Katherine Cunningham is a lens-based artist, writer, and educator. She is a Lecturer in the photography program at GSU where she teaches a variety of courses: Introduction to Photography, Studio Foundations, Video, History of Photography and Senior BFA Portfolio Seminar.

Katherine received a BFA in photography from Washington University in St. Louis, with time abroad at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She went on to obtain an MFA in photography from The University of Notre Dame, where she was awarded the Erfroymson Fund Emerging Artist Award. In 2011, she earned an MMus from the Royal Conservatoire in the Hague, the Netherlands having participated in an interdisciplinary program called ArtScience. Her curiosity about the world and passion for art making has lead to diverse experiences, from photographing girls’ schools in Cairo, Egypt to working on augmented reality with the prestigious V2_Institute for the Unstable Media in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Katherine has exhibited and published both nationally and internationally.



With God on Their Side installation view #2. Image courtesy the artist.

Jill Frank

Jill is an Assistant Professor in the GSU Photo Program. Jill teaches a variety of courses, most recently: Senior BFA Portfolio Seminar, Junior BFA Directed Study Seminar, Film & Darkroom, Interdisciplinary Graduate Theory Seminar and Graduate Critique and Thesis courses.

Jill received a BA in photography at Bard College and an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago 2008. Some awards include: the Merit Scholarhship at SAIC, Wienstein Memorial Fellowship for Photography at SAIC, and the Working Artist Project Fellowship at The Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia (MOCA GA). Recently she has received grants from GSU: the Research Initiation Grant and a curatorial grant from the Center for Collaborative and International Arts (CENCIA). She has received curatorial grants from the Kentucky Foundation of Women and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and research grants from Eastern Kentucky University for a collaborative visual ethnography project with Dr. Judah Schept.

Jill has presented at conferences such as the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present at University of Maryland/John Hopkins, The Southeastern American Studies Association at Emory University, The Society for Photographic Education (SPE) hosted by University of Houston and MICA in Baltimore, the American Society of Criminology and the American Philosophical Association. She recently completed the School of Criticism and Theory (SCT) at Cornell University and The Birkbeck Summer Theory Institute at the University of London. She has attended several residencies, including SOMA in Mexico City and Hambidge in Georgia. Selected solo shows include the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia and Institute 193. She has continually shown in group exhibitions around the country, including recent exhibitions at Harvard University, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and a recent group show at the Zuckerman Museum of Art.

Her work is in many major collections, such as: the High Museum of Art, the Do Good Fund, the University of Kentucky, the Federal Reserve of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, 21C Collection in Louisville, The Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia as well as many private collections.

Her work has been on the cover of Art Papers magazine and reviews of her work have appeared in Art Forum, Art in America, Bad at Sports and The Paris Review.



#3 Installation shot Jill Frank exhibition


Interview: HAF NY

Constance Thalken

Constance Thalken joined the School of Art and Design Photography faculty in 1990. She received a BA in Psychology from Barat College and a MFA in Photography from Yale University.

Thalken’s work has been featured in over 100 exhibitions in galleries and museums in the U.S., Mexico, France, Greece and Brazil. Venues include the San Diego Art Institute (CA), the New Orleans Museum of Art (LA), The Light Factory (NC), Municipal Cultural Center of Ioannia (Greece), the Huntsville Museum of Art (AL), the Harn Museum of Art (FL), the Foundation Charles-Leopold Mayer (France), The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (GA), the House of Culture (Brazil), the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (GA), the Photographic Center Northwest (WA), and the Torpedo Factory (VA).

Her work is in the permanent collections of The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, The Birmingham Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, The Bunnen Collection, Georgia Perimeter College, Yale University Library and other private collections. She has received numerous grants and awards for her work, including individual artist grants from Georgia Council for the Arts and DeKalb Council for the Arts, a Hambidge Center Residency Fellowship and many research grants from Georgia State University.

The overarching concerns of Thalken’s work are the complexity of loss and issues of mortality. In her most recent work, entitled Eyes Open Slowly, Thalken employs the prism of taxidermy to investigate the entangled relationship between human and animal. The work explores animal essence and the emotional and psychological complications that arise from reanimations of that essence. Her previous 1.2cm = project speaks to concerns of mortality in relation to cancer and the medical world. The work examines the nature of disease and our unease with it, and the tension between the body as a physical medical object and as an abstract vessel of the human spirit.

Nancy Floyd

Nancy Floyd (b. 1956, Monticello, Minnesota) has been an exhibiting artist for over thirty years. She has received numerous grants and awards including a 2016 CUE Art Foundation Fellowship, a 2015 Society for Photographic Education Future Focus Project Support Grant, and a 2014 John Gutmann Photography Fellowship Award. Temple University Press published her first book, She’s Got a Gun, in 2008. Floyd’s work has been exhibited in numerous venues including Solomon Projects, Atlanta; Flux Projects, Atlanta; the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center; White Columns, New York; and the California Museum of Photography, Riverside. Since 2009, her work has been part of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art archive, Brooklyn Museum. In 2017 Floyd will have solo exhibitions of her current project, Weathering Time, at Whitespace Gallery in Atlanta, and the CUE Art Foundation gallery in New York City. Floyd holds an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia. She lives in Bend, Oregon after many years in Atlanta as the Area Coordinator and Full Professor of Photography in the Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design, Georgia State University.