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Photography Department

Naomi White Naomi White
Chair of Photography, NYFA Los Angeles

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.

Andre Keichian Andre Keichian
Full Time Faculty

MFA in Photography & Media and Integrated Media, The California Institute of the Arts. Andre Keichian is an interdisciplinary artist working across photography, video, and installation. Working with the dynamism of these mediums, Andre’s work exists at the intersection of image, sound, movement, and mass, conjuring fluid identities. Keichian has shown both locally (RedCat, Human Resources, Table Chicago, MOCA GA, Main Museum) and internationally (Argentina, Ecuador, France, Spain). His work has been published by Picture Newspaper and by the Zuckerman Museum of Art. Andre has received fellowships with at land’s edge and WonderRoot’s Walthall Program, held residencies with the Echo Park Film Center, the Creatives Project, and Dashboard Co-Op, and was a finalist for The Forward Foundation Emerging Artist Award and the Southwest Airlines Art Social Engagement Project.

Lane Barden Lane Barden
Full Time Faculty

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.

Amanda Rowan Amanda Rowan
Full Time Faculty

Amanda Rowan Parker is a visual and performing artist and educator, currently living in Los Angeles, California. She graduated cum laude from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Her visual style is timeless, with an emphasis on color and juxtaposition. Her photographic work examines performance and power within the realm of domesticity. Some of her publishing credits include: Float Magazine, People Magazine, I-Dress, FVM Global, and Bluegrass Today. Rowan's images have been exhibited at the Carrie Able Gallery, Red Cat, Photo LA, Paris Photo, and the Leica Gallery in Los Angeles.

Daughter of Grammy-winning Bluegrass and country legend Peter Rowan, Amanda began shooting rock concerts during high school. In 2014, she launched the project "Born Backstage," a portrait series that chronicles artists and performers who are all the children of folk and rock legends, including The Grateful Dead; Crosby, Stills & Nash; The Beatles; Frank Zappa; and many more.

Rowan's colorful lighting, combined with her knack for engaging with her subjects, has led to a flourishing commercial practice that translates her distinctive visual style into imagery for advertising campaigns, as well as corporate branding including Disney, NBC, HBO, and Hilton Entertainment. Her editorial portraits include global artists, performers, and pop celebrities alike.

Silvi Naci Silvi Naçi
MFA in Photography + Media, California Institute of the Arts; BFA in Fine Arts and Graphic Design, Suffolk University. Silvi Naçi works with performance, video, sculpture, photography, text, and installation. They studied at the Instituto Cultural de Oaxaca (Oaxaca, Mexico) and Studio Art Centers International and have exhibited works at Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art Project Space, NYC (2019); MAK Center, LA (2019); MoCA Geffen, LA (2019); Other Places Art Fair, LA (2019); and Greater LA MFA Exhibition, LA (2019); and is a recipient of the Tim Disney Excellence in Storytelling Prize (2019) and the Felix Gonzalez-Torres Travel Grant (2018). Naçi took part in Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art (Berlin, Germany) 2019, and Elsewhere Museum and Residency (Greensboro, NC) 2019, among other residencies. Born and raised in former communist Albania, Naçi‘s practice investigates gender and cultural identity, language and time, the body as subject/object, and the consequences of patriarchy. Working with traumatic memories from their childhood, Naçi investigate gender and cultural identity as it relates to exile, immigration, and citizenship.
Mengmeng Lu Mengmeng Lu
MFA in Studio Art, San Francisco Art Institute; BFA in Photography, New York Film Academy. Mengmeng Lu blends her unique talents as an artist and photographer to her role as an instructor. As a proud alumna of NYFA, she is hands-on in her teaching approach, creating a highly-engaging yet structured environment to support student learning outcomes. Her work has been exhibited throughout several galleries in San Francisco, including the Schafer Gallery, Diego Rivera Gallery, and Embark Gallery. She is currently working on the live-streamed video installation project Being Live on Air, which explores the coexistence between analog and digital, and how they challenge each other’s biases and possibilities.
Elizabeth Knafo Elizabeth Knafo
MFA in Integrated Media Arts, Hunter College. Elizabeth (Isa) Knafo is a nonfiction filmmaker, writer, and publication designer. Her work examines the effects of resource extraction and the present-day legacies of colonial land use and racial capitalism. She has worked for over a decade designing publications, including a collaborative research and publication projects on hurricane recovery, housing justice & displacement, and "extreme extraction" and enclosures. Her films include Rare Earth, a film examining false scarcity and the reopening of a toxic rare earth mine in the Mojave desert (2014), and Empire Flows (2017), a short film on the use of the fur trade in European settlers’ search for mythic Mississippi headwaters. Her writing has been published collectively and in Cabinet magazine. She has had screenings in the World of Matter exhibit at the James Gallery at City University of New York, Abrons Art Center, Exit Art, the Interference Archive, Artists' Television Archive, The Getty, and The Center for Creative Ecologies at UCSC, among others.
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.

Kevin Stapleton Kevin Stapleton
BS, Fordham University. Kevin has been shooting for over 20 years in the industry. He is highly skilled and knowledgeable of both medium and large format camera systems and digital live capture using Capture One. Stapleton is a Master photographer and articulate in analyzing images and eliciting constructive criticism from his students.

Stapleton has won four Key Art Awards presented every year by The Hollywood Reporter for excellence in motion picture advertising. His client list includes Universal Pictures, Orion Pictures, TriStar Pictures, Hollywood Pictures, IRS Media inc., Skouras Pictures, Saban International Pictures, Academy Entertainment, MCA Home Video, Epic Home Video, Republic Pictures, Warner Bros Records, Virgin Records America, East West Records London, The Mark Taper Forum, and The WB Network.

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.
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.

Natasha Rudenko Natasha Rudenko
Natasha Rudenko is a photographer and an educator, and has exhibited her work internationally. Her work was part of a few group shows in New York, Los Angeles, Moscow, Budapest and some others as well as a few annual publications of feminist and queer art, including Issues II and Femme Fotale Volume III Analog and Femme Fotale Volume IV Leafless.

In her work Rudenko interprets her personal experience as a human being. She addresses self-reflection and investigates the realm of her feelings and emotions. Through being honest and personal she aims to make people relate to the ideas explored in her work and provoke their own self-reflection. Rudenko also believes art education can change the world and make it a better place. MFA, New York Film Academy.

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.

Alyson Aliano Alyson Aliano
BFA, School of Visual Arts. Alyson Aliano attended Boston University and during her time within Hunter College’s Master Program, she studied nonfiction video within the Integrated Media Graduate Program. She has taught photography at NYU Steinhardt School, Columbia University, for The Ministry of Education in El Salvador, and Bilingual Education for Central America in Honduras, The School of Visual Arts, and UCLA Extension before landing at NYFA. Her clients include GQ, Spin, W, Vibe, The New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine, Newsweek, Time, Business Week, Wired, Fast Company, Popular Mechanics, Inc, Allure, People, Greenpeace, and Ogilvy and Mather. Alyson is a contributing artist with Getty Images, Veer, and Redux Pictures, and represented by Redux Pictures. Alyson's environmental portraits are mostly of real people, first shot with a Hasselblad, now with the Canon D5. Born and raised in New York, she now lives in Los Angeles.
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