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Photography Department

Kean O’Brien Kean O’Brien
Co-Chair of Photography, NYFA Los Angeles

Kean O’Brien is a Los Angeles based artist and educator whose work has been exhibited internationally and whose writing has been published in several books and journals. Recent exhibitions include FTM Searching (Czong Institute of Contemporary Art, South Korea, 2019) and UnFunction (Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts, 2018). His work has been written about in Pedagogy, Image Practices, and Contested Corporealities by Sarah Brophy, Janice Hladki and published by Routledge in 2016, and Disrupting Bodies, Disrupting Narratives in the Journal of The New Media Caucus in 2015, and several more. Recent writing publications include, Boyle Heights and The Fight Against Gentrification As State Violence (The American Quarterly Journal, published by John Hopkins Press, 2019), Tracing Trauma (On The Bus, published by BazBam Press, 2018), Intersectional Practices (Issues #2. Vol. 2., edited by Sarah Faith Gottesdiener), and Nicole Killian (published by Print Matter.) In 2018 he attended Marble House Project Artist Residency funded by the National Endowment For The Arts. O’Brien has lectured all over the country, including Emory College (2015), California State University, Long Beach (2015), California College for The Arts (2016), University of Illinois, Chicago (2017), School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2017), and upcoming lectures include University of California, Santa Cruz, American University in Beirut, Lebanon, and the National Women Studies Association Conference.

Naomi White Naomi White
Co-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.

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.

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.

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.
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.

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.

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.

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.
Andre Keichian Andre Keichian
Andre Keichian is an interdisciplinary artist working across photography, video and installation. Working with the dynamism of these mediums, Keichian’s work exists at the intersection of image, sound, movement, and mass, conjuring fluid identities. Their personal history as a queer transgender Argentine-American operates as an indexical relationship that expands to interconnected subjects.

Keichian has shown both locally and internationally, and has been published as a part of Picture Newspaper and by the Zuckerman Museum of Art. Keichian has received fellowships with at land’s edge and WonderRoot’s Walthall Program; held two-year residencies with 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. MFA, California Institute of the Arts.

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.

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