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Photography Department

David Mager David Mager
Acting Chair of Photography

Native New Yorker David Mager has worked as a commercial photographer for over 20 years, shooting mostly in the publishing market. Clients have included Disney, DK, Scholastic, Der Speigel, McGraw-Hill, Penguin, Time Out NY, Parents Magazine, and Park Place Magazine, to name a few.

David is an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop Lightroom, and has received a Master’s of Professional Studies from the School of Visual Arts as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts from New York University. You can visit his site here.

Kean O’Brien Kean O’Brien
Interim Associate Chair

Kean O'Brien is an educator, artist, and community organizer living and working in Los Angeles. He teaches Photography and Media, holding an MFA degree from the California Institute of Arts and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. O’Brien has served on the College Art Association Media Panels, is published in ISSUES #1 and #2, the International Performance Almanac for 2013 and 2014, and Wild Gender in 2014. He has exhibited at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archive, Waterloo Arts in Cleveland, Barnsdall Art Center in Hollywood, REDCAT in Los Angeles, SRISA Gallery in Italy, and has been awarded curatorial grants from the City of West Hollywood Arts Council, Ronald Feldman Gallery NYC, and Cal Arts.

Naomi White Naomi White
Interim Associate Chair

Naomi White is a feminist, visual artist, and educator, working in Los Angeles. She is the winner of PDN’s Objects of Desire award and has exhibited throughout North America and Europe, including with Tobey Fine Arts, Christopher Henry Gallery and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in New York; GE World Headquarters in Connecticut; Saatchi Art Gallery and bG gallery in Santa Monica; and the NAA Festival Novas Artes Associadas in Barcelos, Portugal, Art Basel, Miami, and Photo LA. Her work has been published in PDN, The Brooklyn Rail, Uncertain States in the UK, and On Art & Aesthetics. White holds an MFA in Photography and Related Media from SVA in New York, and a BA in English Literature from San Francisco State. White investigates themes of consumerism and identity construction in our camera-bound world, focusing on the transformative power of photography to affect desire and change.

Amanda Rowan Amanda Rowan
Full Time Faculty

Amanda Rowan graduated Cum Laude from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU with a degree in Photography and Filmmaking. She has worked in NYC and LA as a portrait photographer shooting for corporate clients, international artists and pop celebrities. In 2014, Rowan published, Born Backstage, a photography book that documents the creative children of folk and rock legends of the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Lane Barden Lane Barden
Mr. Barden is an architecture photographer with a fine arts background. His client list includes major architecture firms nationally and internationally including A.C. Martin, Harley Ellis Devereaux, and Coop Himmelblau. His work is in the collections of The Getty Research Institute at the Getty Museum, The Houston Museum of Fine Arts, and The Los Angeles County Museum of Fine Arts. Lane holds an M.F.A. from the University of New Mexico.
David Blumenkrantz David Blumenkrantz
Mr. Blumenkrantz is an educator, artist and documentarist. His professional experience includes eight years of NGO, documentary, and photojournalism work in east and central Africa covering social, relief and development, and political issues. His work has been exhibited and published internationally. David has also freelanced for the Los Angeles Times and various other publications as a writer and photographer. David holds a BA in Journalism, an MA in Art Education, and an MFA in Visual Communication.
Johanna Breiding Johanna Breiding
Editorial, Advanced Film Photography, The Critical Eye

Johanna Breiding’s practice stems from photography, considering the medium’s history, its representational role, and limits. Expanding to video and installation, Breiding's recent projects address a range of topics, including the death of analog photography via a small town, Keeler in Owens Valley, CA; the art historical canon of Land Art through portraiture and landscape photography. Breiding holds an MFA from the California Institute of Arts in photography and media. She is based in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and originally from Switzerland.
Andy Furnevel Andy Furnevel
Shooting Practicum, Advanced View Camera, Portfolio Development, Advanced Imaging

Freelance photographer - clients include: Virgin Entertainment, FIDM, Nikki Six, James Michael, Scott Kay, Alexander Lozov. Andy has worked as an art director, retoucher, digital artist, photo editor, web developer and Photoshop/Lightroom tutor.
Aaron Giesel Aaron Giesel
Mr. Giesel mainly focuses on making photographic work related to his practice, which is between the darkroom and the computer using large format and digital cameras. He has also assisted for Fredrik Nilsen. He received his BFA from the at Art Center, College of Design and his MFA from California State University, Long Beach. Aaron has been represented in multiple local galleries. He also shoots editorially for publications and still shoots regularly.
Kwesi Kennedy Kwesi Kennedy
Mr. Kennedy is skilled designer, illustrator, photographer, and animator who has been working in the Los Angeles area for over 17 years. As a digital artist, he has completed projects with studios and independently; creating graphics, animation, and characters for various entertainment media.
Linda Lewis Linda Lewis
Photography I, Introduction to Lighting

BA Studio Art, Cal State, Fullerton. Faculty member at Chaffey Community College. Instructor, Julia Dean Workshops and commercial photographer for over 15 years.
Jennifer Rosenstein Jennifer Rosenstein
Moving Image I, Film Photography

Jennifer Rosenstein, born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, is a photographer who specializes in videography. Jen is a graduate from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA with a BFA in Photography and Imaging. For the past eight years she has shot music videos for Atlantic Records, EMI, Universal Music, Warner Bros. Music, and Island Records. Jen also photographs the Transgender Community, various ad campaigns, and musicians and their life on the road.

Lara Rossignol Lara Rossignol
Applied Photography Practices II, Navigating the Industry

Lara Rossignol has been a fashion and portrait photographer for over 25 years. She graduated with a BFA in Photography from Art Center College and has shot for Max Factor, Bloomingdale's, Pyrex, Dixie, and over 50 different magazines including Vogue, Interview, and Rolling Stone. She is currently working with Chronicle Books on her first photography book due out in 2017.

Zoee Sciarrotta Zoëe Sciarrotta
Ways of Seeing, Contemporary Issues in Photograph, Vision & Style

Zoëe received her MFA from California State University Los Angeles and her BA in psychology and BFA in art from the University of Iowa. Her work focuses on media theory, perception, and memory. She is focused on the art of photography and cultural studies. Her classes teach critical viewing skills and expand creativity while exploring the layers of psychology imbedded in photography.

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