Peter Latner is a photography instructor in the Visual Communications department. He began teaching at DCTC in 2004, focusing on many of the traditional areas in photography.
His course offerings include Introduction to Photography, Photographic Lighting Techniques, Basic Darkroom Techniques, Photojournalism, Law and Ethics for Visual Communications, and a variety of photography workshops.
Peter has a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
His industry experience includes work as a:
- Staff photographer with the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis
- Museum photographer with the Minnesota Historical Society
- College-level instructor at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Colorado College, Minneapolis Community College, Film in the Cities and Minnesota Center for Photography
His photography is on display in many corporate, private and museum collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. He was awarded a Minnesota 2000 Documentary Photography Commission from the Minnesota Historical Society, three McKnight Foundation Photography fellowships, two Minnesota State Arts Board grants, and a Jerome Foundation Emerging Artist Fellowship.
Peter's published works include "Minnesota in Our Time" from the Minnesota Historical Society Press, and "Metroscapes" at the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis.
Regarding his teaching philosophy, Peter says, "The only way to learn photography is to do it—as much and as often as possible. Almost every class I teach is hands-on. Tests and quizzes are kept to a minimum and replaced instead with individual and group projects.
As for the best part of his job as a DCTC instructor, he states: "Most students entering the program have little or no photo experience. When I watch students who take an Intro and Lighting class during their first semester, I'm witness to a dramatic change. To progress in three months from total novice to the point of being able to set up and shoot
a studio portrait is very rewarding—for them AND me."
Peter's hobbies and interests include documentary and art photography, well-made cameras, and dogs.