C.O.R.E. // Create Observe Reflect Engage

Presented by The Multimedia Photography & Design Department, 
S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University

Curated by Susan Welchman and Lynn Johnson

Featuring: Ethan B. Backer, Taylor Baucom, Cristina Baussan, Natalie Camou, Kirsten Celo, Lenny Christopher, Carli Cichocki, Ben Cleeton, Erika Colbertaldo, Ousman Diallo, Alec Erlebacher, Emma Fierberg, Annie Flanagan, Michelle Gabel, Hong Gao, Jason Greene, Katie Hogin, Alexandra Hootnick, Chris Janjic, Roman Knertser, Maura Lisson, Ryan MacCammon, Manuela Marín Salcedo, Shawn Miller, Laura Mortelliti, Chongyoon Aaron Nah, Sarah Nathan, Andrew Renneisen, Jessica Suarez, Jennifer Swanson, Kristen Tomkowid, Jim Tuttle, Brittany Wait, Shawn Weismiller, Andrea Wise, and Eric Xin

This exhibit is a curated selection of work from photographers who participated in C.O.R.E., an experiment in photographic community that started in the summer of 2013.

Twelve photographers from the Multimedia Photography & Design department at Syracuse University set out on a journey to explore and discuss creativity, personal intention, and the responsibility of photography under the guidance of acclaimed photographer Lynn Johnson. What emerged was a supportive and engaged community of visual storytellers, pursuing long-term projects that speak to important and diverse issues such as birth culture, rural land conflict, domestic and urban violence, and disability. New cohorts joined the project in 2014 and 2015, expanding the breadth of work to include commercial portraiture, street photography, autobiographical work, and of course, new long-term documentary stories.

C.O.R.E. members produce a mix of still photography and multimedia work.


Newhouse Photographers are graduate and upper-level undergraduate students as well as recent alumni of the Multimedia Photography & Design (MPD) Department at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. The Department attracts students who are passionate about all types of visual storytelling— photography, multimedia, videography/cinematography and design.

After graduation, students work in journalism, advertising, fashion and the nonprofit world—with many choosing to work across industries.  Many graduates find success as independent storytellers and freelancers while others have gone on to work for production houses, advertising studios and organizations such as Time.com, National Geographic, NPR, MediaStorm, Blue Chalk, The Washington Post, The New York Times, the New York Yankees, Major League Baseball, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The United Nations, Harper’s Bazaar, and Businessweek and others.