Ira Gardner

Ira GArdner

Ira is the lead faculty for the Photography and Digital Media Production degrees at Spokane Falls Community College.

Ira has worked full time as a photographer since 1989 and was nationally certified as a commercial photographer by the Professional Photographers of America in 1995. He has taught still photography, digital media production, and documentary filmmaking at Spokane Falls Community College since 1997.

As a filmmaker and community activist he help launched the Reel Spokane film festival and has had his documentary films screened at the juried Spokane International Film Festival and his work is now part of the official Vimeo Photography channel.

Ira has also served on the board of directors for the Professional Photographers of Washington and is currently Chair of the Northwest Region of the Society for Photographic Education.

Ira majored in Communication Studies and Journalism at Eastern Washington University and has completed graduate coursework in fine art, media theory, and filmmaking at Vermont College and The New School University in New York.

His personal work emphasizes memory and storytelling whether it is in words, photographs, or cinematography.

He splits his time between teaching and completing freelance projects that range from publishing books, gallery exhibitions, documentary films, and commercial photography assignments.publishing books, gallery exhibitions, documentary films, and commercial photography assignments.


Photography by Ira Gardner
Gardner Media Group
SFCC Technical/Professional Programs – Photography Program


  • The Failed Experiment, A Spokane Film Project Renga ProductionThe Failed Experiment, A Spokane Film Project Renga Production
    The first ever Spokane Film Project flagship project, The Failed Experiment was based on the concept of Renga style poetry. A Collaborative Poem wth Multiple authors. Each poet creates a short series of thoughts. The next poet continues the work, only having viewed the final stanza.
    A Renga does not tell the usual story.
  • Let Me Sleep – An Art Installation by Dorianne WottonLet Me Sleep - An Art Installation by Dorianne Wotton
    Another fun project that Spokane Film Project collaborated on with the Laboratory Extended program! This project aired on CMTV who partnered in the creation of this project during the month of February!
  • Secrets of the DeepSecrets of the Deep
    SFP members teamed up with local artists, and artists from the other side of the world to bring you “Secrets of the Deep.”
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