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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.

Vivien Allender

Vivien Allender


Born in Melbourne Australia, Vivien Allender moved to Tokyo at the age of 17 and quickly mastered Japanese. She spent many years living and working in Asia. Japan had an indelible influence on the evolution of her aesthetics, and today her photographic style reflects that unique experience.

In 2012 Vivien completed a Master’s at Victoria College of the Arts at Melbourne University.

She has been published globally and has shot many fashion and beauty campaigns. As a writer she had her own monthly page in Vogue Australia. Her work has been exhibited in Australia and in Tokyo.

Vivien currently lives and works in New York, but loves traveling for work and pleasure and enjoys stellar experiences along the way—artistic, cultural, historic, culinary, and inspired. She has shot in various countries throughout Asia, Europe, Australia, and the Americas.

Nancy Burson

Nancy Burson

Artist/Photographer

Acclaimed artist/photographer Nancy Burson's work is shown in museums and galleries internationally. "Seeing and Believing", her traveling 2002 retrospective originating at the Grey Art Gallery, was nominated for Best Solo Museum Show of the Year in New York City by the International Association of Art Critics. She has served as a visiting professor at Harvard University and was a member of the adjunct photography faculty at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts for five years.

Burson is best known for her pioneering work in morphing technologies which age enhance the human face and still enable law enforcement officials to locate missing children and adults. Her Human Race Machine, which allows people to view themselves as a different race, is used worldwide as an educational diversity tool that provides viewers with the profound visual experience of being another race.

She has collaborated with Creative Time, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and Deutsche Bank in completing several important public art projects in New York City. These projects include the poster project, “Visualize This” (Creative Time, 1991) the billboard, “There's No Gene For Race" (2000), the poster/postcard project "Focus on Peace" which coincided with the first anniversary of 9/11, and “Looking Up” and “Truth,” 2005.

Nancy Burson's work has been featured in all forms of media including segments on Oprah, Good Morning America, CNN, National Public Radio, PBS, and Fuji TV News, as well as countless local TV segments in the USA, Canada and Europe. Prominent articles featuring her work have appeared in The New York Times, The Baltimore Sun, The Houston Chronicle, and Scientific American Magazine to name a few. There are four monographs of her work and reproductions of it appear in hundreds of art catalogs. It is also featured in textbooks on the history of photography published in all languages. Burson’s fine art photography is available through ClampArt Gallery in NYC. Her website can be viewed here.

Allison Kaufman

Allison Kaufman


Allison Kaufman is a photographer and video artist living in New York City. She received her BFA in Film and Television Production from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in 2000 and her MFA in Photography, Video, and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts in 2008. Solo exhibitions of her work have taken place at HERE Arts Center in New York City, Real Art Ways in Hartford, CT, and Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in Pittsburgh, PA. Her work has also been included in group exhibitions at Hendershot Gallery, Moore College of Art and Design, and the Aqua Miami, VOLTA, and Affordable Art Fairs, among others. Kaufman is the recipient of the Paula Rhodes Memorial Award and an Alumni Scholarship Award from the School of Visual Arts. She has been an artist-in-residence at Yaddo, the Center for Emerging Visual Artists, the Constance Saltonstall Foundation of the Arts, and Penland School of Crafts. Her work has been reviewed in the Huffington Post, the L Magazine, the Pittsburgh-Tribune Review, and Bomb Magazine’s BOMBlog. Kaufman teaches at a variety of institutions including Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. Her work can be viewed online here.

Chris Knight

Chris Knight

Photographer

Born in Europe into a military family, Chris was raised with a worldly perspective—appreciating the nuances and uniqueness of different people and cultures. It is his uncanny attention to detail that allows him to capture beauty and depth from his subjects.

Residing in New York City, Chris is an internationally published photographer whose work has appeared in Vogue, Ocean Drive, GQ and others. His work can be viewed online here.

Jackie Neale

Jackie Neale

Photographer

Jackie Neale, born and bred Philadelphian, is a NYC-based fine art and editorial photographer. Inspired by interpersonal relationships and the barrier that disappears (or appears) once a camera and an engaged photographer is introduced to the mix.

Exhibitions of her photographs have been mounted in galleries and museums throughout the United States, has appeared on NPR/WNYC, in Time Zero: The Last Year of Polaroid, has been published in editorial magazines across the US, online and in collateral for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and has recently successfully raised funds to self publish her photo book, #SubwaySeries.

A complete list of her projects, exhibitions, awards, and past clients can be found here.

Joan Pamboukes

Joan Pamboukes


Joan Pamboukes is a fine art photographer whose work explores the ways in which new technology and media culture affects our humanity. Her images are often abstract and saturated with color, also referencing the relationship between modernist painting and photography.

Joan received her BFA from MassArt and her MFA from NJCU. Her work has been exhibited at venues including The Montclair Art Museum, Gallery Aferro, Chashama Uptown, and The Arts Council of Princeton. Joan was commissioned to create her largest artwork (11’ x 150’), Where the River Meets the Sky, for the 2014 Dumbo Arts Festival in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Although much of Joan’s artwork is created digitally, she also continues to shoot film with her view camera and has been experimenting with other analogue processes including chemo-grams and wet plate photography.

Joan’s commercial work is predominantly architectural. She mentored with Andrew Gordon and is currently his Associate Photographer. Together they have photographed numerous landmark buildings in NYC including Rockefeller Center, the Chrysler Building, the Lipstick Building, 230 Park Avenue, and the Cunard Building.

Joan is a Professor at the New York Film Academy, Long Island University in Brooklyn and New Jersey City University. She currently lives and works with her husband, Peter Lester, in Astoria, Queens. Her work can be viewed online here.

Jaime Permuth

Jaime Permuth

Photography

Jaime Permuth is a Guatemalan photographer living and working in New York City.

In 2014, he has been awarded with a Smithsonian Institution Artist Fellowship and was also nominated for a 2014 USA Artists Fellowship.

In 2013, his first monograph Yonkeros was published by La Fabrica Editorial (Madrid). Also, in 2013 he was nominated for the Prix Pictet and awarded an NFA Fellowship from the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures.

In 2012, he was nominated for the Santa Fe Prize in Photography and was also one of fifteen artists in the United States nominated for the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Contemporary Artist Award.

His photographs have been shown at several venues in New York City, including He has also exhibited The Museum of Modern Art, The Queens Museum of Art, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Museum of the City of New York, The Jewish Museum, El Museo del Barrio, and The Brooklyn Museum of Art. He has exhibited internationally at the Museo Nacional de Arte Moderno in Guatemala, Ryugaheon Gallery (Korea) Casa del Lago in Mexico City, and the Israeli Parliament. Among others, his work is included in the collections of The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Museum of the City of New York, Yeshiva University Museum, State University of New York New Paltz, Art Museum of the Americas (DC), Fullerton Art Museum (CA) Museum of Art Ft. Lauderdale (FLA) and Fondazione Benetton. He has received commissions from El Museo del Barrio, The Queens Museum of Art, The Jewish Museum, and Queens Theater in the Park.

His work can be viewed online here.

Andreanna Seymore

Andreanna Seymore

Photography

Andréanna uses photography as a means of inquiry into social class, subculture, and counterculture. Her vivid color work captures the organized chaos of everyday people, and illuminates them in ways that prompt the viewer to think about what is occurring beyond the frame of the photograph. Taking her interest in understanding identity within subculture communities, Andréanna began exploring these individuals with the collodion process in order to create decidedly unperfected imagery, to bring to light the transformations of identity.

Born in Southhampton, New York, Andréanna earned her B.F.A. in photography from the School of Visual Arts, and her master's in social sciences from Queens College. A seasoned photographer with over 20 years of professional experience, Andréanna has shot for numerous editorial publications and has been invited to participate in group shows throughout the United States. Her professional experience has included numerous publications in American and international publications including Blender, Bloomberg Businessweek, Discover, Fortune, Life, Marie Claire, Mother Jones, Newsweek, New York Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, Teen People, O: The Oprah Magazine, Rizzoli, U.S. News & World Report, Wired, and Working Mother, among others. She has been assigned to shoot newsmakers from Bill Gates and Linda McMahon to Zach Galifianakis and Taylor Swift.

Andréanna's first monograph, "Scars and Stripes: The Culture of Modern Roller Derby" was published by Schiffer Books in October 2014. Andréanna was also featured in the book "25 Under 25: Up and Coming American Photographers," published in 2003 by Powerhouse with a foreword by Lauren Greenfield. In 2017, Andreanna’s images from "Scars and Stripes" were acquired by The Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

John Tona

John Tona


John Tona is a photographer and artist based in New York City. He uses photographic portraiture to investigate human nature and consciousness. His work employs strategies ranging from social-documentary, tableau, and reinterpretations of the portrait.

His most recent and ongoing project, (A)typical Typology, depicts pairs of people from each country of the world without cultural elements such as clothing, makeup, or other man-made products, leaving only the individual as the unique identifier. As a result, the lines of race and culture are de-emphasized, leaving us to consider the subjects more simply, as members of the human race.

His work has been exhibited at Art Space Artion and the Kaenson Gallery in Seoul, South Korea 2014.

John is a graduate of the one-year photography conservatory at the New York Film Academy.

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