Michael Platt, African American Photographer, African American Art, Howard University, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN

Making art fun to learn

BY   Lauren McEwen    PUB   The Washington Post 

Photographer and printmaker Michael B. Platt adopted an informal approach to teaching art.


Photographer and printmaker Michael B. Platt takes an informal approach to both teaching and art, working out of his home as much as possible. A high-ceilinged, white room full of studio lights, soft boxes and large reams of seamless backdrop paper, Platt’s in-home photo studio is just off the kitchen in his Northwest Washington home.

There is a small bed in both rooms, just in case any of Platt’s friends need to crash overnight. In his most recent teaching role, as a Howard University professor, he frequently held his digital photography classes at home and allowed students to drop by to complete projects.



Howard University
AMERICAN HISTORICALLY BLACK UNIVERSITY
Howard University (HU or simply Howard) is a federally chartered, private, coeducational, nonsectarian, historically black university (HBCU) in Washington, D.C. It is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a research university with high research activity and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

From its outset it has been nonsectarian and open to people of both sexes and all races. In addition to the undergraduate program, Howard has graduate schools in business, nursing, engineering, pharmacy, law, social work, education, communications, art, science, divinity, dentistry, and medicine.


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