In 1968, the Photographic Technology Department started as a federally funded workplace education program called the “Austin Model Project”. The founder of the Austin Model Project was Gilmore Williams, the then President of the Southwestern Professional Photographers Association. In September of 1973, Austin Community College opened its doors and imported the “Austin Model Project”, which now had upwards of 13 disciplines as the core of its workplace education.
Since then, the ACC Photographic Technology Department has been a highly valued part of the institution, interfacing with photographic associations and placing practitioners in the field. Gilmore Williams remained Department Chair until 1990. Mr. Williams was followed by Lynn Jones, BA, Brooks Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara, CA. In 2004, Bill Woodhull, BFA, Stephen F. Austin, was named Department Chair.