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About Us

The AU Photo Collective is a collaborative community for student photographers, filmmakers and visual artists.

Our main aim is to help student photographers improve their photography - by connecting them with opportunities to shoot events and portraits they're interested in, and by hosting workshops with professional photographers. Photo Collective staff photographers have the unique opportunity to receive press passes to ticketed events and also receive payment for specific marketing campaigns and event coverage. The Photo Collective also hosts 1 student photo show in the fall semester and prints 1 photo book in the spring semester. We also host monthly photo excursions and other activities for our members.

Our Faculty Advisor is Professor Alexandra Silverthorne, an adjunct professor of photography at American University and the University of the District of Columbia. She is a highly experienced working photographer in DC, giving The Photo Collective insight into professional and conceptual photography.

Recent Stories

"Our University. Our Future." END and Fossil Free AU Protest

By Anna Moneymaker and Laura Turner


By Faith Hornor

AU Rude Mechanicals: Macbeth

By Meriam Salem

WVAU In Studio: Juan Wauters

By Andrea Panting

Founder's Day

By Rosie Black and Zachary Porter

Vigil Prayers for UNC Muslim Students

By Matthew Stebenne and Meriam Salem