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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
Associate Chair of Photography
Theory & Criticism, Thesis Project, Ways of Seeing III, Historical and Critical Perspectives II

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 locates her work within the intersection of analog and digital technologies, the construction of gender and cultural identity, and a critique of heteronormative ideologies within the personal and social space. 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; and the notion of hyperobjects and the (Post¬) Anthropocene. 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

Van Ditthavong Van Ditthavong
Capture to Print II, Imaging Output, Imaging III

Van Ditthavong is an award winning photographer and filmmaker. His short films have been screened at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, The Independent Filmmakers Showcase, The Atlanta Shortsfest and The Pasadena International Film Festival. His photography work has been featured in Guitar World, Men's Health, Psychology Today, American Way, Smart Money, AARP Bulletin, Spirit, Stern Magazine, Orange Coast and Texas Monthly.

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.
David Jakle David Jakle
Applied Photography I, Photgraphy II, Advanced Lighting

David is a celebrity and fashion photographer who shoots for many editorial and advertising clients nationally. Published two celebrity portrait books that have raised over a half million dollars for the Susan G. Komen "Race for the Cure."

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.
Lilly McElroy Lilly McElroy
Alternative Processes, Capture to Print I, Historical & Critical Perspectives I

Lilly received her MFA in Studio Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2006 and her BFA in Photography from the University of Arizona in 2004. She was a participant at Skowhegan, Maine in 2006 and a 2008/09 Winter Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Cape Cod. Lilly’s work has been shown worldwide, including at TR1 in Finland, Southern Exposure Gallery in San Francisco, and Air Gallery in NYC.

Lilly lives in Los Angeles where she makes work about her complex relationship with the American West and what it means to be an American in an era of diminished expectations.

Mark McKnight Mark McKnight
Photojournalism, Photography Practicum

Mark McKnight is an artist based in Los Angeles whose work has been exhibited and published throughout the United States and in Europe. In 2009 he traveled to Finland on a Fulbright Scholarship. He earned his BFA at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2007, and his MFA at University of California, Riverside in 2015. His work was recently included in The Surface of Color, at The Pit, Glendale, California.

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.

Sonya Naumann Sonya Naumann
Digital Printing Methodologies, Imaging II, Advanced imaging II

Sonya Naumann is a visual artist working in photography and video as a means of investigating the collective process of individual identity constructs using the qualitative research method of artistic autoethnography. She was the 2009 Bodine Fellow at the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History where she received her MFA, Cum Laude, and went on to serve as an Adjunct Lecturer in the Photography Department and the Department of Teaching and Learning. Her work on The Thousand Dollar Dress Project and The Dunce Series have been exhibited and published in various spaces including The Center For Fine Art Photography, University of Nevada, New Orleans Photo Alliance, Fraction Magazine, Bust Magazine, Your Assignment: Photography, and The American Scholar Journal.

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.

Kirk Saylin Kirk Saylin
Business Practices, Commercial Photography, Professional Lighting

Kirk Saylin is an advertising and commercial photographer based in Long Beach, California. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of LaVerne in Communications with an emphasis in video production.

Kirk has worked for global agencies, as well as small boutique agencies, but his favorite clients are the ones who invite him in to the creative process to visually illustrate the story that the brand needs to be told. He has photographed rock stars, cars, and pop culture models.

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.

Josh Southwick Josh Southwick
Advanced Imaging I

Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Josh moved to California in 2002. He received his BFA from Cal State Long Beach in 2008. He has been a staff photographer for ACCESS Para-transit and Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority for over 8 years. Some of his freelance clients include. POM Wonderful, popchips, YMCA, Cuties, Wonderful Pistachios, ACI Boland Architects, and MetroLink. Josh was also featured in the 2009 Communication Arts Photo Annual.

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.

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