Ed Petrosky

Digital Photography

Digital Photography Instructor
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh

Ed Petrosky

Never stop learning. And never be satisfied. Ed Petrosky , Digital Photography Instructor , The Art Institute of Pittsburgh
Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

I always loved drawing and giving visual expression to my thoughts and ideas. When I took my first formal photography class at a local community college, I was hooked. I discovered that I could express my ideas and earn a living at the same time.

How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?

There’s nothing more satisfying for me than seeing my students graduate and begin a career doing what they love most—taking pictures. As both a professional photographer and a teacher, I stress the importance of becoming a creative problem solver...and an artist who understands the tools of your craft. I emphasize the development of both skills and concepts; the first is superficial without the second, and the second is unintelligible without the first.

What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

In Color Management/Printing, my students develop a series of photographs based on a project of their own choice. The only requirement is that they create a unified visual document for each component that adds to the overall message, while demonstrating mastery of color and printing techniques.

How does collaboration contribute to students’ success—particularly when students from various programs work together?

Considering the complexity of the skills it takes to work on a large-scale project, the ability to interact with others is critical. Teamwork encourages students to seek out others with specialized skills to solve problems. It not only builds interpersonal skills, but contributes to deeper learning.

What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?

Work hard, don't give up, and be persistent.

What’s the most critical advice you would offer any student embarking on a creative career?

Never stop learning. And never be satisfied.