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FACULTY

Photography Department

David Mager David Mager
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
Associate Chair

Kean O'Brien is an educator and community organizer living and working in Los Angeles. He holds 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 2016 Artist Grant Review Panel for the City of West Hollywood, and has sat on multiple College Art Association Media Panels. He is published in Issues Volume 1 and 2, Buzzfeed MOTHA awards 2015, International Performance Almanac 2013 and 2014, and Wild Gender 2014. He has exhibited at Human Resources in Los Angeles, 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 CalArts.

In 2017, Kean lectured at the University of Illinois Chicago and The School of The Art Institute of Chicago to discuss his work about community building through art practices, deconstructing and reconstructing ideas of identity and politics. Kean is currently working on a curatorial project and associated book that will be exhibited in 2019 in LA.

Naomi White Naomi White
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 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
Lane Barden is an architecture photographer with a fine arts background. His client list includes major national and international firms such as A.C. Martin, Harley Ellis Devereaux, Atelier Jean Nouvel (Paris) Audi Bank of Beirut and Coop Himmelblau. His work is included in the collections of The Getty Research Institute at the Getty Center, The Houston Museum of Fine Arts, and The Los Angeles County Museum of Fine Arts.

Lane has taught at the Art Center College of Design and the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in Los Angeles. In 2015 he was a guest lecturer at the Annenberg Space for Photography. He holds an M.A. and an M.F.A. from the University of New Mexico.

Bridget Batch Bridget Batch
Bridget Batch began teaching at NYFA in 2016, drawing upon years of experience in both the art and commercial photography worlds. She has exhibited photography, video and installation internationally, and completed artist residencies including Italy’s Fabrica, Salem Artworks in Salem, New York, and at the Grand Canyon South Rim Program. Recent exhibitions include "De La Tierra a La Tierra," at the Centro Cultural Metropolitano, Quito, Ecuador; "Im(Materiel)" at Headlands Center for the Arts; and "...And I Feel Fine at the Re-Institute in upstate New York.

As part of neverhitsend, she participated in their first exhibition at 356 Mission, as well as "Post:Private" at Monte Vista Projects and "The Promise of Something and Nothing," curated by Ann Harezlak, at Sonce Alexander. She recently worked with neverhitsend on the internet project "Toggle," launched at ISEA 2015.

Batch received her MFA from CalArts. Batch received a 2016 New York City Community Engagement Grant from the Rema Hort Mann Foundation and was nominated for PDN.

David Blumenkrantz David Blumenkrantz
David Blumenkrantz is a documentarian and street photographer whose professional experience includes eight years in East and Central Africa covering social issues and relief and development projects. He has freelanced for the Los Angeles Times and various other publications as a writer and photographer, and his work has been exhibited and published internationally.

A photography instructor and educator for more than 20 years, David has taught classes and workshops for, among others, Wuhan University in China, The All Africa Conference of Churches, the French Cultural Centre in Nairobi, and the Watts Towers Art Center (for the Cultural Affairs Department of the City of Los Angeles). He is currently a tenured professor at California State University, Northridge. 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 is a photographer and video and installation artist who intersects analog and digital technologies to emphasize voice, movement and experiential pathos. Breiding attended Scripps College, the Glasgow School of Art, and received her master’s from CalArts.

Originally from a small village in Switzerland, Johanna currently lives and works in Los Angeles. She has exhibited work at art venues and museums including Photo LA, LAXART, Human Resources, Ochi Projects , Elga Wimmer Gallery, the Armory Center for the Arts, Southern Exposure, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive and the Oakland Museum of California. She is a recipient of the 2017 Rema Hort Mann Emerging Artist Grant.

Ashley French Ashley French
Ashley French is the proud owner of Ashley French Photography, specializing in portraiture of all ages, weddings and events. In between photo shoots, Ashley works in group art shows and solo galleries.

Ashley completed her BA in Studio Art with an emphasis in photography from the University of Redlands, then went on to complete her MFA in Photography at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. While attending school, she worked for multiple award-winning photographers and shot for local magazines. Her documentary work on the Children’s Hospital of San Francisco was displayed at the DeYoung Museum, and her first solo gallery was held in the heart of San Francisco’s art district.

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
Aaron Giesel is an artist, photographer, and educator focused on making photographic work related to his practice, which is centered on perception and histories vis-à-vis the landscape. Aaron holds a BFA from Art Center, College of Design, and an MFA from California State University, Long Beach. His work has been represented in many local, national and international galleries, museums, and institutions, and is held in several private and public collections.

Recently, his room-size camera obscura “Mirror/House,” situated in Wonder Valley, was included in a show with Epicenter Projects, at the Coachella Valley Art Center, that ran as a parallel project to Desert X 2017. He is working on a book that chronicles a year-long project out in the Anza-Borrego Desert, and has just been awarded a 2018 residency with the National Park Services in Zion National Park. He also regularly shoots editorially for publications and is involved in photographing the independent music scene in Los Angeles.

Kwesi Kennedy Kwesi Kennedy
Kwesi Kennedy is a multidisciplinary artist working in the areas of photography, illustration, design, sculpture and animation. While the majority of his work has been contract freelance and studio work for entertainment, the internet and education, he has a wide range of experience producing art and animation for various media platforms, as well as his personal work shown at the Hive Gallery in downtown Los Angeles. His primary interest is in conceptual expressions of future societies, technology and fantasy.

A graduate of Howard University’s School of Fine Art, Kwesi went on to complete his master’s of Industrial Design at North Carolina State University, where he was inspired to pursue various forms of visual expression and technology.
Pascal Lebegue Pascal Lebegue
Photography I, Introduction to Lighting

Although Pascal studied cinema at FEMIS (aka IDHEC) in Paris, his first inclination was for photography. His love for film and light found a wonderful way to express and develop when, out of school, he encountered some of the most talented people in ‘90s Paris and, later, in Los Angeles.

Through commercials, he had a chance to work with some of the most recognized photographers of our time, therefore reconnecting with his first inclination: P. Lindbergh, P. Roversi, Rankin, R. Depardon, D. Issermann, Herb Ritts, S. Sednaoui, D. Lachapelle, to name a few. Based in Los Angeles Pascal is active in the world of beauty, where he is lighting celebrities for the Shiseido and Neutrogena campaigns.
Linda Lewis Linda Lewis
Photography I, Introduction to Lighting

Linda Lewis received her degree from Cal State Fullerton. During a 25-year career as a commercial photographer, Linda has documented over 500 weddings, shot for dozens of artists throughout Southern California, and worked for a variety of corporate, editorial and university clients -- including Toyota and USC -- that have taken her to Cape Kennedy for a Space Shuttle launch and given her the opportunity to photograph five U.S. Presidents.

In addition to her work with the New York Film Academy Los Angeles, she has taught courses in media, photojournalism, wedding and public relations photography at Chaffey College for over 20 years, and given workshops at the Los Angeles Center of Photography and Brooks Institute.
Jennifer Penton Jennifer Penton
Jennifer Penton has worked at Warner Bros., Klaspy Csupo, Yahoo!, and on special projects for Disney. She has also worked with many independent filmmakers as an editor and web developer. One of her greatest joys is to help students explore their creativity and gain the technological tools to express themselves through live action and animated motion pictures.

Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Creative Writing from UCLA and a master’s degree in film with an emphasis in experimental animation from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).

Aaron Rapoport Aaron Rapoport
Aaron Rapoport is a versatile, award-winning photographer whose work has included national advertising campaigns, record covers, movie posters, magazine covers, and lifestyle photography. His work is based on a love of cinema with high impact images that communicate and connect to the viewer.

Aaron attended Art Center College in Pasadena, then apprenticed a unique Hollywood photographer whose style and energy pointed the way to an entertainment-based career. His clients include Walmart, HGTV, Coca-Cola,, Linksys, Bacardi, Seagrams, Unilever, American Heart Association and Frito-Lay, Unilever, and more.

Sasha Rendulic Sasha Rendulic
Sasha Rendulic holds a master’s degree in cinematography from the Academy of Dramatic Arts, University of Zagreb, Croatia. His cinematography credits include "72 Days," (84th Annual Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film entry for Croatia); "I Have to Sleep, My Angel" (Best Cinematography and six European Film Academy Award nominations, won Audience Award for Best Film at Munich Film Festival); "Mr. P’s Dancing Sushi Bar" (Sundance Film Festival: Cinema 100); "The Dream Play" (Audience Choice Award at East Lansing Film Festival); and "Connecting Dots" (Best Feature Film- Comedy at New York International Independent Film & Video Festival).

Sasha is proudly affiliated with International Cinematographers Guild, IATSE Local 600, The European Film Academy, The Film Makers Association of Croatia, and HDFD.

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.

Katerina Stratos Katerina Stratos
Katerina Stratos is a multi-disciplined artist and designer from Australia with a range of credits on feature films, documentaries, television and advertising. She now lives in Los Angeles, where she has a studio shooting portrait photography and working as a digital artist. Katerina freelances on feature film projects as a concept artist and designer, pre-visualizing scenes and creating look-books for filmmakers. She has also worked as a production designer, costume designer, graphic artist and illustrator, primarily in the Australian film industry.

Katerina worked in some of Australia’s best creative institutions, including The Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS), the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) and the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). In Los Angeles she has taught Photoshop and Illustrator to costume designers at the Costume Design Guild. She has a BA (Hons) in Visual Communication from the UTS and a post graduate diploma in Production Design from the AFTRS.

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