Faculty and Staff

Howard Hsu

Howard Hsu


B.S. Biology, University of Washington
Master of Journalism, Documentary Photography, University of California, Berkeley

Office: Truly House
Phone: 425-352-3262
Email: howurd@uw.edu
Website: http://www.howardhsu.net
Mailing: Box 358530, 18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011-8246


In teaching interdisciplinary courses centered on photography, my main objective for my students is overall growth: growth in their appreciation for the visual art form, growth in their intellectual curiosity and understanding of the world, growth in the skills for problem solving and overcoming challenges, growth in their ability for self-expression, and personal growth as an artist and an individual.

Throughout my classes, I seek to impart a multi-disciplinary approach. Along with building the craft in photography, I incorporate the science and physical properties of light, art history and its influence on contemporary photography, current world events and cultural perspectives, and discussions on bias and representation in the visual medium.

Recent Courses Taught

BCORE 104 – Discovery Core I
BCORE 117 – Discovery core II
BCORE 120 – Discovery Core III
BIS 132 – Introduction to Photography
BIS 331 - Journalism and Media History
BISMCS 343  - Documentary Photography


My documentary photography work examines social change, human rights and the environment. Past projects have included casino gaming and disparities in American Indian tribes in California, deforestation and the exotic animal trade in Myanmar (Burma), refugees and migrants in Europe, and income inequality in the United States.

One of my ongoing projects is focused on the U.S. Rust Belt - cities such as Cleveland, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Youngstown, and Toledo – once centers of 20th Century industry. The work examines economic struggle as well as reinvention in the region. The photographs capture facets of these former empires built on auto, steel, glass, rubber, and large-scale manufacturing as they seek economic transformation.

Published Work

2016, Orchid Island's Nuclear Fate, The Diplomat

2015, The Ones Who Found Refuge, Mashable

2011, Natural History of San Francisco Bay (Photographs), University of California Press

2008, Burma: The Resource Curse, PBS Frontline/World

Selected Exhibitions

2012, Industrial Evolution, Photo Center Northwest, Seattle, WA

2010, The Other Half, Shoreline Community College Art Gallery, Shoreline, WA

2009, The Other Half, Reva and David Logan Gallery, Berkeley, CA