Name: Se7en (Yiting) Chen
Class Year: 2019
Major: Art History (with minors in Photography and Management and Leadership)
Favorite Class: Art Since 1945
Favorite thing about BC: Architecture
What can you see yourself doing after graduation?
I hope to be working in auction companies or galleries, because I want to combine my interests in both business and art history. At the same time, I know I will be doing photography as a part time job.
What are you doing to get there?
I am currently get*-*+ting a good education, but in addition to that I think it’s really important to start networking with people in the industry. Besides, I’ve been working as a photographer for a year. Right now I’m working for BC and local studios in both photography and videography. Two weeks ago I was invited to attend the New York Fashion Week, and I conducted event photography there.
How did you learn about the industry of art?
I love art and I need to find a job! To be honest, I don’t think conducting art history researches and being a professor would fit my personality. I love going into museums and attending curations, and I like to deal with people, so I guess I’d prefer going on the auction company side instead of museum.
What factors have contributed to your interest in photography and art history?
Photography is something that I’ve always been passionate about since I was a kid. I got my first DSLR (digital single lens reflex) camera a year ago, and before that I was taking photos with a film camera and experimenting all different kinds of visual effects. I learnt photography by myself, and I also take classes at BC to have an experience with darkrooms. When I first got here I actually didn’t know what I should study- I came in as an undecided major. I took one art history class called “History of Photography” because I wanted to learn more about photography, and it was this class that brought me into the world of art history.
How did you get started exploring potential careers?
I didn’t try to explore the career intentionally- it just came pretty naturally to me. People see my pictures and they like them, so they ask me “Oh hey, can you do my photos as well?” The more pictures I take, the more people I know, and the more people know my pictures. It’s all about networking!
What advice would you give to students who are also interested in art history and photography?
Don’t think that art history or photography would not find you a job! It’s so important to hold on to your own interest and passion.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
I guess it would be doing photography and videography at New York Fashion Week.
Who are your heroes in real life?
My parents are my heroes, because they bought me my first DLSR. In addition to that, my dad really has a great influence on me- he is actually a fashion designer, and he takes really good pictures as well. I would say that my day was the one who taught me how to draw, and more importantly how to observe the world. You know, photographers need to have keen eyes to, and that’s exactly what my dad has trained me to do.