Terry Boddie

Terry Boddie’s faculty responsibilities at SUNY/Empire State College involves mentoring students as well as teaching a broad range of photography and imaging courses including Issues in Contemporary Photography, History of Photography, Black Photographers 1840-Present, Documentary Photography, Photographic Narratives among others. He curates annual exhibitions such as Perspectives and The City, Day and Night at the Hudson Street location that are designed to showcase the work of students in his studio classes. His annual photography field trip through New York City, Dusk to Dawn has become popular with both students and alumni.

In his creative practice Boddie is a photographer and multi-disciplinary artist who explore historical and contemporary aspects of memory, migration and globalization refracted through his experience as a first-generation immigrant from the island of Nevis in the Eastern Caribbean. He experiments with different disciplines in search of a language that transcends our traditional notions of a photograph, blurring the distinctions between photography, drawing and painting. His current academic research and creative work investigates the visual and economic intersection between chattel slavery and the prison industrial complex.

Boddie has exhibited his work in museums and galleries national and internationally, including the Parc La Villette in Paris, Brooklyn Museum, Smithsonian, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art Museum of the Americas. 

Awards and honors include artist residences at The Studio Museum of Harlem, The Center for Book Arts, Marie Sharpe Walsh Foundation. He’s also received artist fellowships from Center for Photography at Woodstock, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Brodsky Center, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and a photography grant from the George and Helen Segal Foundation. His work is in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum, The National Museum of African American History and Culture.


  • B.F.A in Photography from New York University
  • M.F.A. in Combined Media from Hunter College - City University of New York