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Ralph Gibson, Photography School Chair of Contemporary Photography

Ralph Gibson

Chair of Contemporary Photography

Gibson studied photography while in the United States Navy before attending the San Francisco Art Institute. He went on to work as an assistant to FSA photographer Dorothea Lange from 1961 to 1962, and then assisted filmmaker Robert Frank. Working primarily with the Leica camera, Gibson is most recognized for overlaying surrealist elements of film narrative and mystery onto the subject of the female body. Fascinated with books, Gibson started the publishing house Lustrum Press in 1970 and has since published over 40 books — including “Somnambulist” and “State of the Axe.”

Gibson is a Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France, an honor only given to those who have made significant contribution to the arts. He was also recently recognized with the Guild Hall Academy of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award in Visual Arts. Gibson is the Chair of Contemporary Photography at the New York Film Academy (NYFA), where he mentors and works with students of three NYFA campuses (NYC, LA, and South Beach). His work is included in more than 180 museum collections worldwide.

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.

Carter Smith

Carter Smith


Carter is an award-winning fashion photographer and film director who has been working in the industry for over 15 years. His fashion images have appeared in magazines all over the world, including Vogue, GQ, Elle, W, i-D, Allure, Visionaire and The New York Times Magazine. He has worked with commercial clients such as Vera Wang, Louis Vuitton, Tommy Hilfiger, Lancôme, DKNY, Lacoste, Banana Republic, and Hermes – often shooting both stills and directing commercials.

Smith's first short film "Bugcrush," adapted from a short story by Scott Treleaven, won the Grand Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. In 2008, "Bugcrush" caught the attention of Steven Spielberg, who handpicked Smith to direct the feature film The Ruins for DreamWorks Entertainment. In addition to the film's commercial success, The Ruins received critical acclaim and was chosen as one of Stephen King's top ten movies of the year.

Inbal Abergil

Inbal Abergil


Inbal Abergil is a New York-based visual artist originally from Jerusalem. Her photographs investigate the aesthetic and societal norms of Israeli culture and the world at large through conceptions of time, memory, and place—concepts that take on great importance in cultures in which loss is a substantial part of daily life. Her photographs reflect her peripatetic life, but also the realities and unrealities of societies dealing with modernity and conflict.

Abergil holds an MFA in Visual Art from Columbia University (2011), studied photography at Jerusalem’s Hadassah College (2001), and received a BFA with honors from the Midrasha School of Art (2007). Her work has been exhibited in New York City, Miami, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Amsterdam, Northern Ireland, South Korea and throughout Israel. Her most recent exhibitions: Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, Jeonju Photo Festival, South Korea, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, and Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery New York City.

She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Rabenovich Prize from Tel Aviv's Department of Art & Culture (2004), AICF Foundation (2002) and the Artis Exhibition Grant (2012). Her series “Nothing Left Here But The Hurt” has been nominated for the prestigious Prix Pictet Photography Prize (2012). Most recently, Abergil was selected as a 2013 FlaxArt International Artist in Residence, Northern Ireland. Her work can be viewed online 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.

Bami Adedoyin

Bami Adedoyin

Artist/Photographer

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York B.O.A. (the initials for Bamidele O. Adedoyin) creates work that explores the themes of beauty, memory, identity, and inventory. For many years B.O.A. worked exclusively with the photographic medium. Taking a slight departure from tradition image making, B.O.A.'s recent work is a series of portraits of Black American Hair Icons on wood using her own hair.

Ongoing projects include a color and text series of thematically compiled lists of people in her life, and a self-portrait series where the artist is photographed with popular sights in California that is inspired in part by the self-portrait series entitled “East Meets West” by photographer Tseng Kwong Chi.

B.O.A.'s work has been exhibited as part of the AIM 27 exhibition at the Bronx Museum of the Arts and galleries in San Francisco, Philadelphia, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Brooklyn. She has been awarded residencies from the Newark Museum in New Jersey, chashama North, and the Bronx Museum of the Arts AIM residency in 2007.

B.O.A. has received both a MA in Studio Art/Photography and a BFA in Film & Television production from New York University. Her work can be viewed here.

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.

Brian Dilg

Brian Dilg


Brian Dilg is an internationally published and collected photographer and award-winning filmmaker with over 25 years of professional teaching experience around the world. His work has been exhibited and collected worldwide, and published in the New York Times, Time Out, The Village Voice, on book covers for Simon and Schuster, Hyperion, Doubleday, and others. He has provided image retouching services to clients including Victoria's Secret, Polo Ralph Lauren, Revlon, Nike, NBC, and Allure.

He is an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop, an Adobe Certified Instructor, and a frequently consulted authority on retouching and color management hardware and software. He has also served as a spokesperson for Canon, for whom he wrote and acted in a series of photography tutorials. His first book on photography was published by Ivy Press in 2015.

His feature film directorial debut, Auf Wiedersehen, premiered at the 2010 Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival. He shot The Greims starring Wes Bentley (American Beauty), featured at the 2009 Vancouver International Film Festival. He previously served as the Technical Director of the film program and as the Director of the digital imaging program at the Maine Media Workshops. He did his graduate work in film production at New York University, where he was a full scholarship student. He has worked as director, cinematographer, and editor on over 85 other narrative, documentary, music video and commercial films. His next film as writer/director, Double Negative, was released in 2015 under the auspices of a film collective he co-formed called The 3x3 Project.

Alina Gozin’a

Alina Gozin’a


Having won numerous awards and nominations for her photography work, Alina earned a nomination for the Young Director Award at Cannes for her directorial debut ad “3 Fat Babushkas.” She offers the unique combination of being able to shoot both motion and stills to create a single high-end, award winning campaign. Alina has shot publicity stills for Universal Music, Sony Pictures, Sony Music, Warner Bros, ABC, SBS, Channel 10, and MTV plus key art campaigns for various feature films, TV series and theatre. Her photography has graced the covers and pages of many leading magazines like Harper's Bazaar and Vogue Living and her celebrity portraiture has captured the likes of Ewan McGregor, Christina Ricci, Bryan Brown, Sophie Lowe, and Oscar-winning producer Emile Sherman. Alina’s work has garnered a host of domestic and international awards and nominations including Sydney Life, Head On, Olive Cotton and the National Photographic Portraiture Prize. Her international recognition culminated with gold at the London Photographic Association’s 2012 Portraiture competition. In addition to teaching at the New York Film Academy in NYC, she has also been invited to teach Masterclasses at Fotocare NYC and the Australian Centre of Photography and the Australian Film Television and Radio School. She is represented by Film Graphics Entertainment.

Peter Hurley

Peter Hurley


Peter Hurley, a universally respected commercial photographer, has conducted portraiture master classes for students of the New York Film Academy Photography School. Mr. Hurley was first brought to widespread attention as an Abercrombie & Fitch model by his eventual mentor, the photographer Bruce Weber. He credits Weber for encouraging him to pursue photography seriously. Mr. Hurley's commercial clients have included Microsoft, DKNY, Levi’s, Johnnie Walker, Reebok, Axe, Toshiba, Bic, Focus Features, and Us Weekly, among others.

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.

Adiva Koenigsberg

Adiva Koenigsberg

Photography

Adiva Koenigsberg was born in New York City in 1980. She received her BFA in photography at NYU Tisch School of the Arts is 2002 and in 2011 studied cinematography at L'ESCAC (Escola Official de Cinema de Catalunya).

She has been teaching still photography since 1998 in New York and Barcelona. She has been working as a camerawoman since 2006 on various moving image projects in Israel, Catalunya, Africa, and the USA. Her work can be viewed online here.

Connelly La Mar

Connelly La Mar


Connelly La Mar is a photographer, producer, and director and living in New York City. His writing and pictures have been featured in publications, such as The Economist, The International Herald Tribune, and The Nation, among others. In the last two years he has produced several documentary films for VICE Media, and been nominated for Webby Awards in the Science and Technology category for this content.

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.

Ken Pao

Ken Pao

Photography

Born in Houston, Texas, Ken Pao's passion for photography had always been inherent since his parents enrolled him in his first darkroom class when he was still a mere child. It wasn't until one of his first overseas trip to Tibet with his family when he had just turned 14 that he realized that photography wasn't just a way to document his journeys, but also a way to express his unique point of view. Portraits of locals in their native habitats happened to be one of his favorite things to photograph, which eventually led to melding the beauty of people with the destinations themselves. As a result, fashion, beauty and portraiture photography were a natural progression.

Fittingly, Ken's distinct photographic style incorporates aspects of both architecture and fashion. With his signature use of beautiful light and an eye for composition and detail, the resulting images always embody a strong visual style with a clean minimalist feel. Also setting Ken apart is his industry is his professionalism and enthusiasm that reverberates through to the final images. Commercial and individual clients alike adore his agreeable demeanor that makes him a joy to work and collaborate with.

Representative clients include: Commercial: Cartier, MAC Cosmetics, Makeup Forever, Cover Girl, Crystal Jin, Chris Gramer, Fine and Dandy, Glam Media, Red Carter, S2VS, Sears, Starboard Media, Undun Denim, Oppenheim Architecture + Design, Niche Media, NYC Subway Line, WTAS, Yaby Cosmetics, Birchbox.

Editorial: 100 Women, And Men, Audrey, Brides, Culture, Elle Mexico, Elle Vietnam, Fashion Trend, Foam, FutureClaw, Graphis, Highlights, Insignia, Karen, L'Officiel Brasil, Models.com, NO.ISE, Ocean Drive, Style Noir, Vanidades, Visual Tales, Vive, West/East, Wherebook, Zink

As one of the first graduates of Miami Ad School's Fashion/Editorial Design Program, Ken received many accolades, including the school's "Best In Show Award." He also has a degree in Marketing and Electronic Media from George Washington University.

Ken now works and resides in NYC. His 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.

Dawit Petro

Dawit Petros

Artist/Photographer

Dawit L. Petros was born in Asmara, Eritrea, raised in Kenya and Canada and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He completed an MFA at the SMFA, Boston (’07), a BFA in Photography at Concordia University (’03), and a BA in History at the University of Saskatchewan (’96). Petros’ works have been shown at The Studio Museum in Harlem, Alexander Gray Associates, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., PPOW Gallery, Gallery 4, Observatoire 4, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Jack Shainman Gallery, Prefix Gallery, Gallery 101. Awards include; Canada Council for the Arts Project Grant, Art Matters Foundation Grant; Center for Photography at Woodstock Residency, and a Fulbright Fellowship. He was an Artist-in-Residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem in New York, NY in 2008-2009.

Barron Rachman

Barron Rachman


Barron Rachman is a New York City artist and master black and white printer. His acute knowledge of black and white darkroom techniques was developed under the tutelage of master printer Chuck Kelton of Kelton Labs in New York City where he worked for 20 years beginning in 1991. In addition, he worked as a photojournalist in Afghanistan and the Balkans as well as the Middle East during the 1990s and early 2000. His photojournalism has appeared in such publications as The San Francisco Chronicle, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Time Out Magazine, the annual report for the Soros Foundation in addition to the 2002 book Journey Home: The Humanitarian Challenge in Kosovo.

Beginning in 2001 Barron redirected his focus to his photographic art most recently exhibited at Museum Of The City Of New York in 2013. His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum Of The City Of New York and the Museum of Chinese In America. Furthermore he has been pursuing his teaching career at such institutions as The International Centre Of Photography, Brooklyn College, New Jersey City University, Purchase College, Touro College, Kingsborough Community College, and Queensborough Community College.

Barron is represented by Tepper Takayama Fine Arts in Boston, Ma. His work can be viewed online here.

Andreanna Seymore

Andreanna Seymore

Photography

Andreanna Seymore is a seasoned photographer with over 15 years of professional experience. Her clients have included The New York Times Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek, Fortune, Blender, O the Oprah Magazine, U.S. News, and World Report, among many others. She has photographed an array of personalities such as Bill Gates, Taylor Swift, and Todd Oldman. Her advertising clients include Puma and she is a contributing photographer with Getty Images. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from the School of Visual Arts, (1997) and her Masters in Social Sciences and Urban Affairs from Queens College (2005). Her first group publication was in the book 25 Under 25: Up and Coming American Photographers, published by powerHouse, with a foreword by Lauren Greenfield and was published in American Photography 26.

Paul Sunday

Paul Sunday


Paul Sunday is an internationally published portrait, beauty, and fashion photographer based in New York.

Sunday's work has appeared in W Magazine, Vanity Fair, German Vogue, Soma, Flaunt, Dance, Interview, Forbes, Cosmopolitan, Architectural Digest, Jalouse, Lucky, Essence, Paper, Interior Design, Joy Quarterly, German Max, Smock, Arude, Zoom, and many others.

His advertising clients have included Bergdorf Goodman, L'Oreal, Shu Uemura, Halston, Estee Lauder, Elizabeth Arden and Theory. He has collaborated with artists and celebrities including Steve Buscemi, Kyle McLaughlin, Alessandra Ambrosio, Angela Lindvall, Daniela Pestova, Eva Herzigova, Rachel Roberts, Josie Moran, Molly Sims, Alek Wek, Jamie King, Estella Warren, Isabel Toledo, Ike Ude, GK Reid, Bobbi Brown, and Heidi Klum.

Paul received a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Fordham College at Lincoln Center. He studied Photography at International Center of Photography and Critical Theory at The New School for Social Research, Graduate Faculty. Teaching since his early twenties, he has given instruction in photography, dance, music, and acting.

Sunday curates an online gallery and roaming installation known as PS+. His paintings and photographs have been exhibited at Spring Gallery, Galeria Bickar, New York Photo Festival, Dumbo Arts Festival, Foley and Cox, Wonk, reGeneration, and Artspace New York. His work is in the artist's book collections at the Museum of Modern Art, Virginia Commonwealth University and Rhode Island School of Design.

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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