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FACULTY

Photography Department

Michele Kirk Michele Kirk
Chair of Photography

Michele Kirk studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, earning a BFA in Illustration and a minor in Photography and Art History. She later earned an MFA in Advertising, with a minor in Design and Photography from the Academy of Art College, San Francisco, CA. Michele enjoyed a very successful career in advertising, working with clients such as Macy’s, Intuit, Liquid Agency, J. Walter Thompson, Goodby, BC&A, and Whizbang.

Michele's success in advertising led to a gratifying career as an educator and administrator at several prestigious art colleges throughout California.

Kean O’Brien Kean O’Brien
Full-Time Faculty

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.

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.
Billie Jo Carvello Billie Jo Carvello
Intermediate Imaging, Imaging Essentials

Paul Emberger Paul Emberger
Photo Foundations I, Photo Foundations II

Paul Emberger is a travel and fine art photographer. He’s been freelancing since 1997 and has more than 1000 publishing credits to date. His fine art is collected publicly and privately in the US and abroad.

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.
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.
Kathleen Mclaughlin Kathleen Mclaughlin
Ways of Seeing II, III and IV, History and Aesthetics of Photography II

MFA, Virginia Commonwealth University. Recipient of the Fulbright Senior Scholarship, IREX IARO Grant (NEH), and a Houston Center for Photography Fellowship. Her images have appeared in PDN, LensWork, Rangefinder, B&W Magazine, and The Times Saturday Magazine (UK) and permanent collections at MOPA San Diego, Western Virginia Museum of Art, and the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest.

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.

Amanda Rowan Amanda Rowan
Portfolio Development I, Applied Photography Practices I, Applied Photography I, Personal Vision I

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.

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.

Naomi White Naomi White
Professional Methods, Thesis Prep, Photography Essentials

Naomi White is an artist, photographer, and educator. Her work has been shown extensively, including at Tobey Fine Arts in New York, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in New York, GE World Headquarters in Connecticut, and The Center For Fine Art Photography in Colorado. Her work is held in both public and private collections such as the recent purchase by Saatchi Art for their permanent collection, and Creative Artists Agency in Century City. Educated in New York where she lived for many years, Naomi has recently returned to Los Angeles where she was born and raised. She is a creative portrait and fine art photographer drawing from a diverse background in art history and film, to create art photography with a focus on portraiture and narrative tableau.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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