Photography

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, in the course of which 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, recreate an intellectual sphere with a place for diverse, alternative and experimental formats.

We are the only programme in Estonia where one can study photography at the BA and MA 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 and as 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.

News and events

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Portfolio Cafe Open Lectures: MISCHA KUBALL (DE), CHARLES MICHALSEN (DK), ALEX REYNOLDS (ES/BE)

This Thursday, June 6 at 6pm you are kindly invited to take part in a series of lectures by the German conceptual artist Mischa Kuball, Danish artist and designmaker Charles Michalsen and Spanish born, Brussels and Berlin based artist-filmmaker Alex Reynolds. Location: Estonian Academy of Arts 5th floor, room A501. Public lectures are a part of the event Portfolio Café held at the Estonian ...
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Silvia Sosaars “Unconscious Patient” at the Showcase Gallery

Silvia Sosaar would like to request the honour of your presence at the opening of her exhibition “Unconscious Patient” on 31 May 2019 at EKKM at 5pm (Põhja pst 35, Tallinn). The exhibition is on view until August 30th 2019. How to prepare, mobilise and attune a person to experience contemporary art? Smells are the trigger of contextual memory. Smells are a central element of sensory ...
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GARBA6E473 will open their exhibition “U R Part of It” in the Showcase Gallery on Wednesday, December 5, 2018

GARBA6E473 will open their exhibition “U R Part of It” in the Showcase Gallery of the department of photography at the Estonian Academy of Arts  (Põhja pst 35, Tallinn) on Wednesday, December 5th, 2018. Participating artists will hold a performance at 10am that will be followed by the official opening at 6pm, both events taking place in front of the Showcase Gallery. Current exhibition was ...
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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: SHOWCASE GALLERY 2018/2019

Call for applications: Showcase Gallery of the Department of Photography at the Estonian Academy of Arts is looking for projects to showcase from December 2018 until August 2019. Current students of the Estonian Academy of Arts are welcome to apply. The application deadline is October 20th, 2018. The Projects will be chosen by jury and the results will be announced on November 1st, 2018. ...
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EKA Department of Photography celebrates its 20th birthday

This academic year marks the 20thanniversary of the creation of the first photography curriculum at the Estonian Academy of Arts. To celebrate the occasion, an event series will take place at the Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia (EKKM), which was founded by people closely connected to the Department of Photography. On four Tuesdays in October (2, 9, 16 and 23 Oct) at 18:00, the EKA Photo 20 ...
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Anna Mari Liivrand will open her exhibition “Monument valley (may contain artefacts)” in the Showcase Gallery at 6pm on Wednesday, September 5, 2018.

Anna Mari Liivrand will open her exhibition “Monument valley (may contain artefacts)” in the new Showcase Gallery of the department of photography at the Estonian Academy of Arts (Põhja pst 35, Tallinn) at 6pm on Wednesday, September 5, 2018. Anna Mari Liivrand’s new exhibition is part of the 20th anniversary celebrations of the department of photography at the Estonian Academy of Arts. ...