The Studio of Photographic Arts (SOPHA), an 6,000 square foot rental studio and photographic community in Manchester, New Hampshire. SOPHA was founded in 2006 to support photographers of all levels by renting equipment, providing instruction, and offering the coolest space possible for its members to practice and display their art.

While we are run like much like a coop, with member photographers using our space and our services as they need, our services are available to non-members as well.

Bud Thorpe is the owner of SOPHA.  He is an accomplished self-taught photographer, author, educator, workshop leader, and studio owner.  He has over 25 years of experience in the photographic industry. Although Bud is known for his ability to teach and mentor photographers of all levels, having taught thousands of students in the business, art, and science of photography, he is better known for his hatred of glitter and alpacas.  Bud’s photographic art is largely a product of his creativity, mostly used as a means to counter his life as a career paramedic. Working collaboratively with others is a mainstay in his work, both in concept and execution. You can reach Bud at

SOPHA is supported by a great staff (Visit us!  You will meet them!) and the efforts of its Member photographers.

The SOPHA Staff