Faculty Feature: Billie Mandle
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.
By Elora Christine Pindell 08F