The Photography Department always has a variety of projects and research initiatives happening at any given time. Ranging from documentary projects to rephotography, stock photography, and travel workshops, these initiatives offer unique opportunities for student collaboration.

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La Manzanilla, Mexico

In March of 2010, a group of UNR Photography students and instructors joined environmental science students from other universities and researchers from the Great Basin Institute in La Manzanilla, Mexico. Over the course of a week-long workshop, students documented wildlife and assessed the local ecology as well as explored the nearby towns and experienced the culture.


Angora Fire

The Angora Fire in South Lake Tahoe began in June, 2007, destroyed 254 homes, caused $140 million in property damage, and scorched 3,100 acres. This project, a collaboration among the photography area of the Art Department, the University of Nevada Reno's Academy for the Environment, and the Center for Land Use Interpretation based in Culver City, California, presents a time-based, visual study of post-fire landscape development.


South Lake Tahoe: Then & Now

This project focuses on providing a fascinating visual comparison of historical sites in the South Lake Tahoe area. While the community of South Lake Tahoe itself has its city limits, it implies a greater geographical focus, thus the project covers a larger area encompassing forestland and sites technically outside of the city limits. Lake Tahoe is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the United States, and the goal is to present these comparative views so that any reader can be intrigued. The project is educational, non-profit, and designed to provide an increasingly visual library for agencies working to preserve the ecological integrity of the Tahoe Basin, as well as for the general public.


Arboles Urbanos

Arboles Urbanos is an investigative and creative response to living in downtown Puebla, Mexico. Within the urban core, a debate rages over urban forestry. Slowly, unequivocally, urban trees are being removed or denied care. In some cases, homeowners or business owners care for the trees, pruning, watering, and painting the trunks to avoid insect infections.



A working relationship between the University of Nevada, Reno Department of Photography and the Reno Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority has provided valuable opportunities to students. By providing high quality images to the RSCVA, students gain national and international publishing recognition. Through the partnership, the Photography Department acquires funding for curriculum development, photographic equipment, and supplies.


Sagebrush Vernacular

Sagebrush Vernacular is a book published by Nevada Humanities featuring the photographs of Peter Goin's Advanced Photography curriculum.

This story begins in the late summer of the first year of the new millenium. Under cool lights on a hot August afternoon, students gather in a university classroom. Only days before, Peter Goin had challenged every one of them that their work would occupy a place in Nevada's history—if they rose to the occasion!


Stopping Time

Lake Tahoe is one of America's most pristine, beautiful alpine lakes. Nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountains at 6,229 feet above sea level, the lake is renowned for its crystal clear water and scenic splendor. Surrounded by the Eldorado, Toiyabe, and Tahoe National Forests, Lake Tahoe is one of the deepest lakes in Nort America—1,645 feet deep and covering 193 square miles. Currently supporting nearly 250,000 people, the watershed at Lake Tahoe provides nearly 85 percent of the water for northern Nevada and the Truckee-Donner area.


Dooby Lane

This publication was a product of Professor Goin's summer workshop, "Photography & The Artist's Book." Students worked in the field during the summer recording, documenting, processing, and printing black & white negatives. The photographs are included in the publication accompanying Gary Snyder's recast of the rock poetry of DeWayne Williams.


Ruby Mountains Wilderness Experience

A spectacular event lasting eight days, not a vacation, but truly an adventure. Mountain lion prints punctuated by fresh deer remains, coyote yelps serenading us from afar, alpine flowers of all types and colors, columbine to lupin to mule ears to flowers gentle and delicate...a chorus of wildness.



Eating chapulines in a Oaxaca market or getting lost in the winding alleyways of Guanajuato or walking the colonial streets of Puebla or exploring the mangroves in La Manzanilla... this is the classroom. The Photography Department offers various workshops for intensive field work in Mexico with an emphasis on documentary practice.