Harris Fogel is an Associate Professor and Director/Curator of two photography galleries – the Sol Mednick Gallery and Gallery 1401 – at the University of the Arts. Previously he served as the Program Director and Coordinator of the Photography Program, and Chair of the Media Arts Department (Photo/Film/Animation). He is a documentary and fine-art photographer with an extensive background in digital imaging, criticism, photojournalism, and photo history. His work utilizes various formats, including digital cameras, scanners, 8”x10” view cameras, 35mm, medium format, and digital video, with an emphasis on fine art printing. Some of Fogel’s projects include the nuclear-inspired Towards Trinity conceptual project; based on the first test of the Atomic Bomb; photographs from the set of the TV series The Wonder Years; portraiture; a series on Howard Finster’s Paradise Gardens; the large-format color project A Few American Cultures; the nuclear-inspired Towards Trinity conceptual project; artists books; and other digitally based work. His research on the relationship between photography and the American Presidency has led to interviews with President Jimmy Carter, President Gerald R. Ford, and First Lady Betty Ford, and many other White House officials and photographers from numerous administrations.
Fogel maintains a substantial exhibition and lecture record and his work can be found in the collections of many museums, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art; The National Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution; the International Center of Photography; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France; and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, and his artist books are found in the library of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
He is host and executive producer of Mac Edition Radio (www.maceditionradio.com), an online resource for technology, photography, music, audio, and digital imaging. From 1996 to 2006, he was co-host and executive producer of the Philadelphia radio show PC Talk-Mac Edition on CBS Talk Radio. Fogel has written for art- and photo-related publications and projects, and has taught photo history for more than 20 years. In 2007 he was a Visiting American Expert for the U.S. Embassy, Warsaw, Poland; a University of Georgia Center for Humanities and Arts Visiting Artist, Athens, GA; and UCross Foundation Resident, UCross, WY. In 2012, he was named to the Fulbright Specialist roster. He visited Łódź, Poland, to participate in the 2012 annual International Fotofestiwal of Photography as one of the festival’s visiting experts. His trip was sponsored by U.S. Embassy in Warsaw. In fall 2014 he was invited to participate as a lecturer and portfolio reviewer at the Festival of Photography, held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. His trip to the festival was sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria. In 2014 Fogel was asked to serve as a nominator for the PDN (Photo District News) 2015 Emerging Photographers issue of the magazine published in March 2015.
Fogel has directed, curated, and organized more than 200 photography exhibitions over the past 20 years. He served as curator/juror for the Texas Photographic Society’s “TPS 15” National Competition. He has been a portfolio reviewer for the FotoFest Meeting Place (Houston, TX); at Photo Lucida (Portland, OR); and at Society for Photographic Education (SPE) conferences. Fogel has directed the Sol Mednick Gallery since 1997, and he founded Gallery 1401 in 1999. The Sol Mednick Gallery was founded in 1978 by then-Department Chair Ray Metzker, and is named after the founder of the University of the Arts Photography Program, Sol Mednick. It is the only endowed gallery for the exhibition of contemporary photography in Philadelphia. The photography program at the University of the Arts, operates the galleries. In 2001, the Sol Mednick Gallery received the prestigious Photo Review Award for service to photography.
Tintype Photo Credit: © C.J. Harker 2014