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Joel SilvermanInstructor, Film and Media

Joel Silverman is a photographer and video artist.  His artwork confronts ecological and social change through conceptual landscape photographs and the use of 3D models, aerial drone cinematography, geospatial mapping, and video game engine tools as a narrative form.  His work is often printed with alternative photo processes including handcoated photographic emulsions and relief woodblock prints.  His historical research explores the continuing influence of 19th century Tonalist painting and Japanese printmaking on landscape photography from the 19th century through the present day.

Joel earned a law degree in 1996 and worked as an environmental attorney and policy advisor to the Governor of Georgia.  At Emory, he teaches photography and filmmaking with a focus on studio practices, digital futurism, photographic art history, printmaking, historic darkroom processes, and cinema post-production.

Additional Affiliations

  • Consulting researcher, Emory Digital Visualization Laboratory
  • Georgia Coast Atlas
  • Emory Arts and Social Justice Educator, 2022
  • Emory Piedmont Project, 2022
  • Photography research privileges at the Art Institute of Chicago


  • Master of Fine Arts, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (expected completion 2024)
  • Juris Doctor, cum laude, University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Georgia (1996)
  • B.A. cum laude, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio (1993)