Although an AA degree in photography is available, not everyone pursues the degree. Some students depart when they are ready to test their photographic skills in the outside world. What follows is a partial list and samples of work from those who have graduated from Merced College or transferred to a four-year institution.

Featured Alumni


Jack Bland
San Francisco University - 1998

Jack Bland attended Merced College in 1997-98. In 1998 he moved to San Francisco where he graduated with a degree in photojournalism from San Francisco State University. He now works for the Merced Sun-Star as a photographer.

E-mail Jack at: jackbland@gmail.com

Photo by  Jack Bland
Photo by Jack Bland
Photo by  Jack Bland
Photo by Jack Bland
Photo by  Jack Bland
Photo by Jack Bland

 Jamie Guerra
California State University, Stanislaus - 2000

Jamie Guerra graduated from MC as the outstanding photo major of 2000. He is an alumnus of CSU Stanislaus.

Photo by Jamie Guerra
Photo by Jamie Guerra
Photo by Jamie Guerra
Photo by Jamie Guerra
Photo by Jamie Guerra
Photo by Jamie Guerra

Jeff Gwartney
California State University, Fresno - 1993

Gwartney earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Photojournalism from California State University Fresno in 1993 and an Associate in Arts degree from Merced Community College in 1991. At Merced College Gwartney was editor of the school newspaper and while at Fresno State he was involved in the university newspaper as a full time photographer.  Working his way up through the ranks in the newspaper industry, he started out as a photo lab technician for a weekly Merced newspaper. Gwartney has traveled as a photojournalist throughout the country for the Associated Press, various newspapers and freelanced for nationally circulated magazines. His work has appeared in publications in much of the Western United States.

Gwartney is very active in the photographic industry and his community and has served on the executive board of the Chowchilla Chamber of Commerce as President. He has juried and critiqued several art shows, exhibits and competitions and is an active member in PPA (Professional Photographers Association), WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International) and NAPP (National Association of Photoshop Professionals).

Connect with Jeff on LinkedIn and flickr.

Photo by  Jeff Gwartney
All photos copyright Jeff Gwartney
Photo by  Jeff Gwartney
All photos copyright Jeff Gwartney
Photo by  Jeff Gwartney
All photos copyright Jeff Gwartney

Bob Keller
Brooks Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara - 1981

Robert Keller graduated from Merced College in 1981 with an AA in photography and transferred to Brooks Institute shortly thereafter. He graduated from Brooks in 1984 with a specialization in industrial photography. From 1984 to 2001 he worked in Los Angeles as a freelance photographer. Bob recently moved back to the San Joaquin Valley.

Photo by Bob Keller
Photo by Bob Keller
Photo by Bob Keller
Photo by Bob Keller
Photo by Bob Keller
Photo by Bob Keller

Greg Voight
Brooks Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara - 1993

Merced native Greg Voight earned his photography degree from Merced College in 1993 and transferred to Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara. After graduating from Brooks with honors, Voight worked as a commercial photographer in Southern California until hired by Brooks Institute to teach in 2000. He is a member of the Los Angeles chapter of Advertising Photographers' of America. His stock images are carried by International Stock, Inc. of New York.

Greg Voight: Death Valley
Death Valley. Poto by Greg Voight.
Greg Voight: Grand Central Station
Grand Central Station. Photo by Greg Voight.