Colin Stearns, Coordinator for Time

Photography and the photobook are my primary modes of making. I am motivated by the non-linear narrative possibilities of the photobook and I remain deeply inspired by the photograph as a signifier of history, physical object and metaphor. I push photographs to live in disconnected isolation or be the means of connection to other ideas and physical manifestations. Historical and cultural markers, combined with the structures of narrative fiction, instigate my practice. My reoccurring process is an autobiographical approach to personal space distilled by cultural history.

My photobooks are in the collections of The International Center of Photography Library, The New York Public Library, Ronald Feldman Gallery, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University, The Sloane Art Library at the University of North Carolina, and the Hellenic Centre for Photography in Athens, Greece. My photobooks are currently sold in Tokyo, Brussels, Paris, Mexico City and New York City. I am an assistant professor of photography at Parsons School of Design.

What are the most exciting and/or rewarding parts of teaching First Year? The most challenging?

Getting to meet so many people from so many disciplines

If you could go back and give your ‘First Year self’ one piece of advice, what would you say?

To go back to projects more after crits and to really embrace failing

Is there a particular First Year course that you wish you’d been able to take as a student?


When you are not teaching or working on projects, what do you enjoy when you have some down time?

Collecting odd ball camera gear

What’s your go-to spot on or near campus for coffee or a quick bite to eat?

Garden of Eden sandwich counter!