Sigrid Viir “I’ll Think of a Title When I’ve Had Enough Rest” Installation, 8 x 9 m, audio (text “Infinity on the Beach” by Maarja Kangro), 2019. Photo: Paul Kuimet

Photography studies at EKA focus on the teaching of contemporary art using photographic means of expression.

The photography curriculum includes both theoretical and practical subjects. Students master basic photographic techniques and visual literacy – the capability of analysing and making sense of a picture. The history of photography is umbilically tied to art, and thus our programme places significant emphasis on conceptual thinking and displaying of photographs in space as well as how it is related to other art forms – film, sculpture, installation, graphic art and painting.

Like in other creative specialities, our task is to reflect and analyse the global, societal, and personal processes in society and recreate an intellectual sphere with diverse, alternative and experimental formats.

We are the only programme in Estonia where one can study photography at the BA level. Within EKA, we are a centre of excellence in camera-based art with an analogue and digital darkroom, photography studio and equipment storage.

The bachelor’s programme in photography provides a good basic education that can be applied in various professions related to photography and (visual) culture – our alumni work in art, education and archival fields, journalism, architecture, fashion, and advertising photographers. Our community is small and cohesive; relationships between students and teachers are collegial. Over our twenty years of activity, we have developed traditions – organizing exhibitions, study trips, and parties.

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News and events

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EKA Photography 25!

In 2023, 25 years passed since the beginning of the Photography bachelor's program at the Estonian Academy of Arts. On this occasion, we would like to invite you to the party on April 19 at 7 p.m. in the Botik bar (Põhjala factory, Marati 5a, Tallinn). In the Program 19:00 Doors 19:30 A welcome by the Professor Marge Monko 20:00 Quiz – registration on the spot! 21:00 Kristjan Glück 21:30 Cake ...

“Gentle Gestures of Self” at EKA Gallery 7.–31.03.2024

GENTLE GESTURES OF SELF 7.–31.03.2024 Opening: 7.03. at 6 pm Participating artists: Andre Joosep Arming, Annamaari Hyttinen, Cloe Jancis, Maria Izabella Lehtsaar, Taavi Rekkaro, Johanna Saikkonen, Marleen Suvi, Elo Vahtrik Curator: Kaisa Maasik The group exhibition "Gentle Gestures of Self" brings together a selection of contemporary self-portraits. The paintings and photographs primarily ...
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Melnikova, Keskküla, Monko, Daniliauskaitė at Draakon Gallery

On Wednesday, January 24 at 6 pm we welcome you to the opening of the exhibition Swirling, Twirling, Spinning curated by Merilin Talumaa. The exhibition includes works by Daria Melnikova, Helena Keskküla, Marge Monko and Viktorija Daniliauskaitė. The exhibition Swirling, Twirling, Spinning unites artists across generations in an empowering context, drawing inspiration from the ideas of ...
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Hanna Samoson at Art Hall Laasnamäe Pavilion

You are kindly invited to the opening of Hanna Samoson’s debut exhibition today, 8 December at 6 pm in Tallinn Art Hall’s Lasnamäe Pavilion.  Magic is sometimes very close to nothing at all is an exhibition about a great flood inside a person caused by a great loss and coming to terms with it, letting go of the previous world order and building a new world from the ruins of the past life. The ...

Presentation of Paul Kuimet’s book “Crystal Grid”

“How to give structure to something that itself is lacking one? How to present something like that? This is a question of visibility and making visible. What are the means for making visible something that always remains invisible? More precisely: the thing that remains invisible in real life, but of which we can get a glimpse in Crystal Grid, is the structure of capitalism. But how to ...
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Assessment Marathon at EKA Gallery 01.–20.12.2023

Open Mon-Sat at 15.00-18.00 December brings an opportunity to experience, in an exhibition format, works produced by students in the Faculty of Fine Arts as their term projects: every day there will be a fresh crop of university students’ works on display in the gallery. Works in contemporary art, prints, installation, sculpture and painting curricula will be on display. On each morning of ...

Paul Kuimet: “Crystal Grid” at Draakon Gallery

October 31, 2023 Paul Kuimet’s solo exhibition Crystal Grid will be open in Draakon gallery. The opening event takes place on November 1 at 18:00. The project-related artist’s book presentation will take place on November 23 at 18:00 adjacent to the gallery in Kanuti Gildi SAAL. “… How to give structure to something that itself is lacking one? How to present something like that? This is a ...
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Artist Talks: Peter Fraser, Esther Hovers

Photography artists Peter Fraser and Esther Hovers will hold their artist talks at 18:00 on Tuesday, October in A-501 at the Estonian Academy of Arts. Both artists are in Tallinn to hold a week-long masterclasses in the department of photography, Estonian Academy of Arts. Peter Fraser is a fine art photographer who has been at the forefront of colour photography as artistic enquiry since the ...