The Art Institute of Philadelphia
Don't just follow the path of least resistance. Philip Drucker , Photography Instructor , The Art Institute of Philadelphia
Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?
A family member who was a professional photographer gave me a 35 mm camera as a high school graduation gift. That’s what got me started.
How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?
I’ve been a professional photographer for 35 years. That means I’m able to share real-world anecdotes and stories to make the classroom experience more relevant, whether we’re talking about visual or technical material.
What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?
The advanced studio project is my favorite, because we go from concept development to shoot, edit, critical analysis, layout and book publication, all in one quarter. It’s a microcosm of the way it works in the real world.
What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?
Self-sufficiency, independence, self-empowerment, and individuality are keys to creative success.
What’s the most critical advice you would offer any student embarking on a creative career?
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Give clients a range of viable solutions. And don’t just follow the path of least resistance.