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Resources - Digital Labs

External Resources for NYU and DPI Students

The facilities at the Department of Photography & Imaging include three digital imaging labs equipped with MacOS computers and the latest Adobe software. Print and scan media include Epson 17" and 44" high quality inkjet printers, a variety of Epson archival flatbed scanners, and Hasselblad-Imacon virtual drum scanners. Analog practice centers around two large traditional black and white darkrooms. We also maintain a 19th century techniques darkroom, three photography studios, and a print finishing area that includes equipment for drying, mounting, matting, and framing photographs.

Our inventory of photographic equipment includes over 120 cameras ranging from 35mm to 8x10 large format film cameras, small and medium format digital cameras, digital video cameras, multiple varieties of both continuous light sources and electronic flash for location and studio work, grip equipment, and sound recording equipment.

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The DPI Galleries

The 8th Floor Gallery (left) is one of two exhibition spaces located within the Department of Photography & Imaging. The second is the Gulf + Western Gallery, in the lobby of the Tisch building at 721 Broadway.

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The DPI Library

The mission of the Department of Photography & Imaging Library is to provide primary source materials, photography subject books, exhibition catalogs, and offer access to resources focusing on the history of photography, art theory, critical studies, new media studies, art history, art journals, contemporary art and selected photography biographies and other community based projects looking at social practice. It is also a place where students, alumni and faculty view videos, complete assignments and scan materials related to their assignments and their own art works.


Photography & Imaging majors have access to all lab facilities. 

Students enrolled in a Photography & Imaging studio/production course who have paid the lab fee also have access to lab facilities relevant to their class. 

If you are not a Photo major and are not enrolled in a DPI course during the current semester, then you are not eligible for lab access.

NYU Community members should consult NYU Technology Centers for access to computing systems within NYU IT managed labs and for all non-photo course computing needs. 

Equipment Rental Information

The Equipment Cage has a wide variety of equipment available for student usage. Please see the Cage Gear Guide for a listing of the most commonly used items. 

  • 35mm film cameras
  • Medium format film cameras
  • Large format film cameras
  • DSLR and mirrorless digital cameras
  • Video and audio recording equipment
  • Lighting equipment for studio and location use
  • Accessories such as tripods, reflectors, cords, etc

Certain items require a tech-out (training session) with a member of the technical staff.

Who is eligible to rent equipment?

Photography & Imaging majors have access to all equipment. 

Students enrolled in a Photography & Imaging studio production course who have paid the lab fee have access to equipment relevant to their class. Advanced equipment requires instructor permission and a tech-out. 

If you are not a photo major and are not enrolled in a DPI course this semester, you are not eligible to borrow equipment.

Equipment Cage Phone Number: 212-998-1925

To reserve equipment, you may call the Cage or email Caleb Savage.

To reserve studios, you must come in person and sign up at the Cage.