A new era in visual arts excellence begins.
Basic Digital Darkroom Techniques
with Christy Gutzeit
Starting Saturday, April 6th, 2019
Basic Digital Darkroom Techniques
with Christy Gutzeit
Starting Saturday, April 6th, 2019
A NEW ERA IN VISUAL ARTS
EXCELLENCE BEGINS.
A new era in visual arts excellence begins.
Visual Storyteller with Tony Di Zinno
Starting Saturday, May 11th, 2019
Visual Storyteller
with Tony Di Zinno
Starting Saturday, May 11th, 2019
A NEW ERA IN VISUAL ARTS
EXCELLENCE BEGINS.
 
 

Our Mission

Elevating those who shape our understanding of the world through the creation of visual media.

The Ernest Brooks Foundation is built upon the 70-year Brooks’ philosophy grounded in the highest standards of excellence in photographic education, research, scholarship, community outreach, and the advancement of careers in the field of visual arts.


As a first step in our mission, we have established a partnership with UC Santa Barbara for students to explore their passions and ambitions through a critically-grounded, hands-on curriculum
to become insightful, skilled, creative photographers and visual artists.

 
Our Courses
Taught by Award-Winning Photographers and Former Faculty of Brooks Institute of Photography:
Ernest Brooks Foundation

Offering Brooks’ Experience to a New Generation.

We are proud to announce the establishment of an exciting new collaboration between The Ernest Brooks Foundation and UC Santa Barbara. Through this relationship we will build on the 70-year history of producing the most perceptive, skilled, and creative artists in the field of visual communications. We look forward to offering innovative courses and programs to our students and members of the community who wish to carry on the Brooks tradition of excellence. We are particularly excited to draw on the highly-accomplished  base of creative and entrepreneurial Brooks alumni and former faculty.

We invite you to join us on this inspiring and important journey.

Ernest Brooks II

  • FORMER PRESIDENT
  • OF BROOKS INSTITUTE
  • OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Dr. John Majewski

  • MICHAEL DOUGLAS DEAN
  • OF HUMANITIES AND FINE ARTS
  • UC SANTA BARBARA

AN ILLUSTRIOUS HISTORY. AN IMPORTANT LEGACY.

Founded in October 1945, Brooks Institute of Photography owed its existence to the vision of Ernest Brooks Sr., a pioneer in the use of color photography. Returning from service in World War II, he recognized that the increasing importance of visual communication in contemporary… read more >

Board of Directors

Ernest Brooks II
Founder Emeritus
Former President, Brooks Institute
Brooks Alumnus '62

FOUNDING BOARD MEMBERS

Anthony Korba

Executive Director,
The Ernest Brooks Foundation
Brooks Alumnus '64

Tom Ligare, CLU®, CAP®
Director of Development,
The Ernest Brooks Foundation
Founder, Planned Giving Marketing
  Solutions, LLC
Former Instructor, Brooks Institute

Thomas Maddrey

General Counsel,
The Ernest Brooks Foundation
Attorney / Founder, Maddrey PLLC
Brooks Alumnus '05

James W. O'Keeffe
Professor of Film, USC
Producer, PBS
Brooks Alumnus '80

William Robbins
Educational Outreach
Former BFA Program Chair
Instructor, Brooks Institute

 

 

 

Marcia Rubenstein
Educational Outreach
Former MFA Program Chair
Instructor, Brooks Institute

Michael Verbois
President, Media 27, Inc.
Former Vice President of Education
Instructor, Brooks Institute
Brooks Alumnus '72

Jack Wimberly
Director of Communication,
The Ernest Brooks Foundation
President, Brooks Alumni Association
Brooks Alumnus '02

Advisory Board

Dr. John Majewski
Michael Douglas Dean of Humanities
and Fine Arts, UC Santa Barbara
UCSB Advisor to the Ernest Brooks
Foundation and Brooks at UCSB

Lynn Martin
Founding Board Member
Arts Advisor and Advocate
Former Brooks Institute Trustee
and Academic Affairs Chair

Shukri Farhad
Founding Board Member
Vice President, Media 27, Inc.
Brooks Alumnus '87