Jeff Curto:  “Finding Your Creative Direction”

Photographer Jeff Curto is Professor Emeritus of Photography at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, where he taught from 1984 to 2014.

Curto hosts two popular podcasts about photography, one that presents a full semester of his History of Photography course along with other photo history concepts, and Camera Position that discusses photography’s creative aspects.  

His formal education includes a BFA degree from Illinois Wesleyan University (1981) and an MFA from Bennington College (1983). In 1983, Curto attended Ansel Adams’ last workshop in Carmel, California and in 2009, inspired by the potential for learning that workshop environments can foster, Curto began leading photography workshops in Italy.

A long-time member of the Society for Photographic Education (SPE), Curto was a member of its Board of Directors from 2008 to 2017 and Board Chair from 2015 to 2017.

Curto was named an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2013, becoming part of a global community of 2000 education leaders recognized for exploring new ideas, seeking new paths, and embracing new opportunities.

His photographs are in many private collections, as well as in the collection of the General Motors Corporation and Westin Hotels, Inc.