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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Showcase gallery is looking for a curator! The deadline for applications is March 15.

Showcase Gallery of the Department of Photography at the Estonian Academy of Arts, which was established in 2018, is looking for a curator for the spring/fall season 2021 with the title “Visual literacy”. This spring, the publisher of Estonian Academy of Arts in collaboration with the Department of Photography will present a reader containing some of the seminal texts on visual culture. In ...
Showcase gallery is looking for a curator! The deadline for applications is March 15.

Showcase gallery is looking for a curator! The deadline for applications is March 15.

Showcase Gallery of the Department of Photography at the Estonian Academy of Arts, which was established in 2018, is looking for a curator for the spring/fall season 2021 with the title “Visual literacy”. This spring, the publisher of Estonian Academy of Arts in collaboration with the Department of Photography will present a reader containing some of the seminal texts on visual culture. In ...
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Showcase gallery is looking for a curator

!Deadline for applications is March 15!  Showcase Gallery of the Department of Photography at the Estonian Academy of Arts, which was established in 2018, is looking for a curator for the spring/fall season 2021 with the title “Visual literacy”. This spring, the publisher of Estonian Academy of Arts in collaboration with the Department of Photography will present a reader containing some of ...
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Kertu Rannula “Memories -50%” at Vitriinigalerii

Kertu Rannula is opening “Memories –50%” (Mälestused -50%) at the Vitriinigalerii on December 2nd, at 6 PM. The exhibition takes place in 4 locations at the same time: in Vitriingalerii and in three abandoned spots in Tallinn Old Town (Vana-Posti, Mündi and Pikk street). On the opening evening at 6.30 PM, a joint trip to the Old Town will be undertaken to introduce the exhibition in full. The ...
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Jane Jacobs “Behind the Curtain”

Jane Jacobs “Behind the Curtain” Vitriingalerii, Tallinn, Põhja pst 35 Open September 9 through October 5, 2020 There is a pensioner quietly living “Behind the Curtain”. The data of Statistics Estonia shows that 25.1% of the population are pensioners. Sometimes we visit them behind the curtain; however, we do not live there, where you have to make both ends meet it with very limited ...
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Carl-Robert Kagge “Four- Grain Image” in Vitriingalerii

Carl-Robert Kagge Four-Grain Image Vitriingalerii, Tallinn, Põhja pst 35 14 August 2020 – 7 September 2020 Curator: Lilian Hiob Carl-Robert Kagge’s exhibition “Four-Grain Image” is open from August 14 in Vitriingalerii, the showcase gallery of the Photography Department of Estonian Academy of Arts. Carl-Robert Kagge’s solo exhibition “Four-Grain Image” is a ...
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Eliis Laul’s ”NIVEA FOTODOSE”

Eliis Laul’s exhibition ”NIVEA FOTODOSE” is opened from the 16th of July, 2020, in Vitriingalerii, the showcase gallery of the Photography Department of the Estonian Academy of Arts. The title of the exhibition refers to Nivea campaign of the same name currently held in Germany – the legendary Nivea cream can be purchased with the personified appearance and get one’s own ...
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Janne Lias “Cat Show” in the Showcase Gallery

/// The exhibition Cat Show is opened in the Showcase Gallery of the Photography Department of the Estonian Academy of Arts from June 16, 2020. The artist Janne Lias explored in her work the Master Al feature added to her smartphone, which analyzes a scene in real-time, recognizes more than 500 objects and offers 19 different photo modes accordingly. A photo-distant person might find the ...