By Elora Christine Pindell 08F
Billie Mandle, assistant professor of photography, is excited to work with Hampshire students: “Hampshire students care about what they do,” she says. “They are very curious. Their curiosity is voracious in a way that’s integral for creating art.”
Professor Mandle completed her undergraduate degree at Williams College with a double major in English and biology. She thought she would pursue scientific writing, until she discovered she communicated better with fiction.
“It’s easier to talk about fact through fiction. And I think photography is the best medium for that.” She later earned an M.F.A. in photography at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston and taught there for a few years before joining the Hampshire College faculty.
Mandle is teaching courses in digital and analog photography as well as The Photographic Print, which is about printing photos in a digital age.
“In my classes, students can look forward to an in-depth experience of photography. I like when students are able to wrestle with a medium on a subject that interests them. I want them to leave my class with a better sense of how to see the world through photography.”
Mandle hopes to bring her sense of humor and salted chocolate chip cookies to Hampshire’s community.