We are very much pleased to announce that the University of Syracuse, Syracuse, N. Y., is to open a School of Photography, beginning January 6th, in which it will be possible for students to obtain a thorough grounding, both in theory and practice, in every branch, enabling them to take a degree in photography, and if they wish, proceed to specialize in its various branches.

It is a fact that we have good photographic schools, where the prospective photographer may receive a practical education or the practicing photographer may take a post-graduate course, but it is nevertheless gratifying to note that a university has recognized photography as one of the Arts and Sciences.

The establishment of this course in the College of Fine Arts of the University of Syracuse will also permit of a course in drawing for the study of line, composition, light and shade and form, all of which are very essential to the best artistic expression.

The course will not only be of value from a practical and artistic standpoint, but it is hoped will stimulate scientific research and original investigation.

Photography in America has made great strides in the last few years and many processes have been made much more simple than ever before, but there is a distinct advantage in having a well grounded knowledge of fundamental principles. It is needless to say that the man who is so equipped is bound to forge ahead of his less fortunate brother.

A few years ago the photographer was compelled to work out his own salvation when in trouble - there were no demonstrators. To-day, when there are plenty of able demonstrators, the average photographer is more careless of results, is often satisfied with a cheaper grade of materials and is content to follow the line of least resistance.

Business knowledge and practical experience count for a great deal in a photographic education. They enable one to know how, but it is just as essential for one to know why, if he would attain the highest degree of success.

From An Artura Iris Print By A. M. Wilson Brockton, Mass.

From An Artura Iris Print By A. M. Wilson Brockton, Mass.

The public appreciation of good pictures is growing every day, and everything which will tend to raise the standard of knowledge and workmanship of the coming generation of photographers should be heartily welcomed.

Below is given a rough sketch of the program of the new School of Photography:


Reflection, Refraction, Dispersion, Diffraction.


Construction - general principles, the aberrations of lenses, Choice and Use.

The Camera

Hand and Stand, the Movements.


Factors governing same.

Negative Materials

Elementary emulsion making, Plates and Films, Ordinary, Color-sensitive, Color-Filters.


Action of, Time and Tank, Thermo changes.

After Treatment Of Negatives

Fixing, Intensification - Reduction.


Silver - Development and Print-out processes, Platinum, Iron, Bichromate.

Transparency Making


Advanced Courses -

Enlarging and Reduction: Stereoscopic work, Color processes, Studio work, Photomechanical processes, Photo-micrography, Spectrography, Advanced emulsion making, Plate testing, etc.