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Academics Lakshmi Luthra - Photography

Lakshmi has been a teaching assistant at the California Institute of the Arts, and has also taught photography at CSSSA Inner Spark, a program for high school students in California, and at the Insight Photography Project in Brattleboro during her time as a Marlboro student.  She has had several solo exhibitions across the country, including in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and Brattleboro, as well as participating in group exhibitions mainly in California.

Teaching Philosophy

Lakshmi believes that as a teacher she "helps students develop their photographic voice and in the process learn to reflect on their experiences and surroundings.  I know that I have much to offer the Marlboro College community based on my teaching experience and commitment to independent thought and engagement with the world."  Her teaching philosophy emphasizes the points where the history and practice of photography intersect with other histories and other practices.  She feels that photography is naturally interdisciplinary, and in studying photography students must make detours through science, politics, urban planning, philosophy, tourism,advertising, and so on.  In her classes Lakshmi encourages students to invest in one another's work, with critiques that build upon each other into a collective conversation about the possibilities and problems of making fine art and documentary photographs today.

B.A., Marlboro College, 2005; M.F.A., California Institute of the Arts, 2009; Marlboro College 2010 -


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