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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Laura Kuusk. Dear Algorithm,

As our lives are more and more digitally controlled, our bodies’ relationship to the environment has also changed in profound ways. Laura Kuusk’s solo exhibition “Dear Algorithm,” curated by Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk, explores the productive tension between our desire to adapt and survive on the one hand, and our resistance to the logic of codes, on the other.  The exhibition will be open ...

Open call of Showcase Gallery!

Call for applications: Showcase Gallery of the Department of Photography at the Estonian Academy of Arts is looking for projects to showcase from April 2020 until October 2020. Current students of the Estonian Academy of Arts are welcome to apply. The application deadline is March 10th, 2020. The Projects will be chosen by jury and the results will be announced on 13th of March. The ...

Students of Photography ask what the mid-twenties pretend to think about?

What the mid-twenties pretend to think about? This Friday 6th of December at 20 the students of Estonian Academy of Arts photography department open the exhibition “Mid-twenties pretend they got it” at Vent Space gallery (Vabaduse väljak 6 back yard). The exhibition is a conclusion of the working period that was marked by searching visual expression to the perception of one’s ...

Arist talk by Anne Pöhlmann

Tuesday, 22nd of October at 17.00 the artist Anne Pöhlmann will hold a public presentation of her artistic practice in room A501 at the Estonian Academy of Arts. Anne Pöhlmann (b.1978) is a Düsselforf based contemporary artist, who’s work reflects the ever-changing conditions of the medium of digital photography. She researches, among other things, the influence of software formulating ...

Group exhibition I CAN’T BE FUCKED at Vent Space project space

The opening of the photography student group exhibition “I can’t be fucked” will take place on Monday, 21 October, at Vent Space project space at 6 pm. Two performances by Hans Jakob Väär will take place as part of the exhibition on 31.10 (in Estonian) and 01.11 (in English) at 6.30 pm. The exhibition will be open 21.10-03.11.2019, every day 1-6 pm. Participating artists: ...

Anna Tamm’s solo exhibition “Puppet Warp” in the Showcase Gallery

Anna Tamm’s solo exhibition “Puppet Warp” will be opened in the Showcase Gallery of the department of photography at the Estonian Academy of Arts since September 4, 2019.  “Puppet Warp” is an artwork inspired by the today’s situation in domestic policy, illustrating the simple method used for influencing the appearance and form of freely selected object/subject, thus transforming its purpose ...
portfolio cafe open lectures


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 ...