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Aperture Foundation Partnership

Stuart B. Cooper Endowed Chair in Photography

Jan Meyer Traveling Fellowship


MICA photography staff bring diverse interests and creative focus to the department through a range of methodologies and technical processes. Each member of our staff has unique specialities they bring to the table as well as a broad understanding of every process used in the curriculum and piece of equipment in our labs, checkout, and more. 

Additionally, they are working artists, freelance creatives, working in many capacities. Our staff is here to help you whether it's understanding equipment, process, or providing an extra set of eyes. Uniquely to other institutions the photography department is always staffed by a working professional when it's open. 



"Photo Mothership"
"PHoto resource Library"
"The Crib"




(410) 225–2400

Jefferson Steele 

Department Manager

Jefferson Jackson Steele graduated from MICA with his BFA in Photography in 1992. Shortly after graduation, he began working at the Baltimore City Paper in the Production Department. Within two years, he began taking photographs for the City Paper as a freelance photographer. During his 20+ years working as a freelancer, he completed assignments for such varied clients as the Baltimore City Paper, DC City Paper, Philadelphia Weekly, Baltimore Magazine, Style Magazine, The Source, Maxim, Details, Esquire, GQ Italy, MICA, JHU, Paramount Pictures, Fine Line Features, Tooth & Nail Records, and many more. Jefferson’s work has been recognized with awards in journalism, editorial, and advertising. 

Jefferson began his work as an adjunct photography instructor at Hagerstown Community College where he taught for two years. He then took a job at Stevenson University as the Photo Lab Manager, and he taught classes as an adjunct photography instructor for seven years. Jefferson then returned to MICA, to give back to the community that gave him so many opportunities.

Jefferson has been the Photography Lab Manager at MICA since 2016. He works in digital and analog formats, and has a deep knowledge of darkroom processes. He has always loved to travel, and has started micro-philanthropy projects in Cambodia and Morocco after visiting. 


Analog Capture and Printing, Studio Lighting, Alternative Process, Digital Photography, Artist's Books & Book Binding, Negative Scanning, Digital Printing and more

Photography styles and working methods:

Photojournalism, Editorial, Studio, Portrait, Event, Travel, Music  


Photoshop, Lightroom, Bridge, Silverfast, FlexColor, and more

Ben McNutt


Ben McNutt is a fine artist working in Baltimore, MD. Born in 1993, he holds a BFA in Photography from the Maryland Institute College of Art. He has worked as a commercial photographer for clients such as Vogue Italia, The New York Times, and The New Yorker, and as a fine artist in collections such as Yale University and the Museum of Modern Art. 
Ben has been working at MICA since 2019. Since his time at MICA he has continued working on an in-depth, artistic exploration of the sport of wrestling. While he attended MICA he enjoyed pushing the boundaries of large format photographic printing with prints that were 24 inches tall by 30 feet wide. His senior thesis culminated in a print that spanned the entire wall to floor of the Main Building Atrium.


Studio Lighting, Experimental Digital Printing, Large-Scale Digital Printing, Color Correction, Color Calibration, Retouching, Negative Scanning, Digital Photography, Fine Art Framing, Instant-Film, Medium Format Photography

Photography styles and working methods:

Portraiture, Mixed-Media Photographic Processes, Site-Specific Instillation, Sculptural Photography, Re-contextualizing Photography  


Photoshop, Lightroom, Bridge, InDesign, Illustrator, Python, Linux, Raspberry Pi 

Kris Lee

Photography DEPARTMENT Assistant

Kris began her photography life back in 2009 as an elective for a high school credit. It was then she found a true love for analog photography and darkroom processes. She attended the Community College of Baltimore County studying Art, Design and Interactive Media with a concentration in Photography, obtaining an A.F.A. in 2014. After a gap year, she went to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. It was there she learned what it meant to be an artist. Even though it was a struggle, Kris realized the importance of shooting with intention. During the time of her education, Kris shot for local bands in Baltimore, MD and behind the scenes for various film production companies and quickly adapted to the Behind the Scenes style of shooting. The question of "how do you get to the final product" fascinated her, and continues to this day. 

Kris is a God-fearing, music loving, high energy, enthusiastic human. She comes from a family that encourages creativity and supports all creative outlets from dance to step, school plays and even modeling. Kris fronted a rock band for 4-years in Baltimore, and performed around the city. For 3-years, Kris resided in Los Angeles, CA as a portrait photographer, and freelanced doing behind the scenes (set) photography for artists, photographers, filmmakers, creators and more. Now she’s back in Baltimore working as a Lab Assistant at MICA in the Photography department.


Analog capturing and printing, Digital capture and editing, Negative scanning and editing, Studio lighting 

Photography styles and working methods:

Behind the Scenes (Set/Unit) Photography, Portraiture, Concert Photography, Documentation


Photoshop, Bridge, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, Epson Scan, Logic Pro X

Logan Schoeberlein 

Photography Department Assistant


Logan W.Schoeberlein is a fine artist and photographer working in Baltimore, MD. Born in 1996, he holds a BFA in Photography from the Maryland Institute College of Art. He has worked as a commercial photographer’s assistant, a custom art framer, and a darkroom manager and instructor for UMBC College Park Art and Learning Resource Center. 

Introduced to photography by his father, a local commercial photographer/assistant, as a young child, Logan has fostered an interest in the art form for his entire life. Making the decision to pursue Photography while 17, Logan received a scholarship from the Maryland Institute College of Art to pursue his studies. Logan’s work contains visual and written components as well as re-contextualizing his own family’s photographic history by means of keeping a large and developing archive of photographs, writings, and documents.


Analog Capture and Printing, Digital Capture and Printing, Alternative Process, Framing/Mounting, Negative Scanning,  Digital Retouching, Bookbinding, Calibration, and more

Photography styles and working methods:

Landscape, Portraiture, Re-examining the American Photographic Traditions, Archiving, Ideas around Home.


Photoshop, Lightroom, Bridge, InDesign, Illustrator, Premiere, Silverfast, FlexColor, and more

Jessie Hansen 

Photography Department Assistant

Jessie Hansen is an analog photographer raised in Kutztown, Pennsylvania and currently based in Baltimore, Maryland. Her work consists of portraiture and environmental photography that are greatly focused on the concepts of empathy and emotion. An insatiable desire to connect on a deep level with other people and nature is what inspires and drives Jessie in her photographic career. Her work mostly takes the form of darkroom and inkjet prints, and in recent months she has made several projects in the form of handmade artist books.  She completed her BFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art.


Analog Capture and Printing, Alternative Process, Negative Scanning,  Bookbinding, and more

Photography styles and working methods:

Landscape, Portraiture, Empathy


Photoshop, Lightroom, Bridge, Silverfast, FlexColor, and more



Affiliate Staff


Deidre Thompson

PH LIason, Decker Library

Deidre Thompson received her BA in Art History from
Bard College and an MLIS in Library and Information
Science from Pratt Institute.

She joins the Decker Library as the Collection Services
Librarian after having held positions at the Center for
Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, the Frick
Art Reference Library, and the MoMA Library in New York.

As Collection Services Librarian at Decker Library, she
supports the acquisitions, description, and access to
print and electronic resources for the MICA community
and serves as Decker’s liaison to Photography, Animation, Illustration,
Illustration Practice, and Art Education among other duties.

Deidre was born in Belize City, Belize, and raised in
the Bronx.