The Photography Study Room

The Syracuse University Art Collection Photography Study Room is available to students, scholars, and others interested in photography.  Arrangements can be made with the professional staff at the SUArt Galleries to see works from the Photography collection.  We are also pleased to share information about the nearly 10,000 works stored in our on-campus facility.  You can research our collection by visiting our on-line database at Search the Collection.

Please utilize the Class and Group Visit Request form to make an appointment, schedule a visit or to find out more information about how we can engage your students or group with the exhibitions, programs, and collections at SUArt.

Current Exhibition:


Formal/ Informal: Innovations in Portraiture
August 16 through November 18, 2018

Formal/ Informal explores the definition of portraiture, comparing that formal term to the compositions created by photographers. During the 19th century, formal studio or posed portraits flourished as a way to capture a vision of a person, whether known or unknown to the photographer. The artist, in turn utilized their craft to tell the story of the sitter. Images from the 20th and 21st century evolved into both formal and informal views of people, as their environs began to play as much of a role in their portrait as their face did. The result is a collection of portraits that could be serious, playful, have social or political ramifications, or whose purpose is to celebrate the people, famous or infamous, ultimately telling the story of our society as a whole.