Sad news HERE I suppose with the many changes in the photography world, the multiple changes of ownership and the high costs of tuition, this shouldn't have been much of a surprise. Yet, as a former alumni, I feel a twinge of sadness. I also feel sad for the students who got cut off from finishing after a fair investment in time and money. I went to Brooks in the early 80's when it was still owned by the Brooks family and Ernie Brooks was at the helm. What a terrific experience that was back then with all the wonderful and inspiring teachers and creative students combined with a beautiful facility in the hills of Montecito. I got my first full-time photo job right out of school and I've had a long, career in photography since. I am grateful for the opportunity to have attended, but times have changed, photo markets have changed, photo education has changed and with new technologies and shifting cultural trends, photography itself has changed. So after 70 years of photography education, Brooks Institute is closing its doors. Thanks and farewell.