New York Film Academy (NYFA) Photography Alum Alejandra Arias has published a book of photography entitled Lucy’s Mind. The introduction was penned by famed photographer Duane Michals, who met and connected with Arias while speaking as a guest lecturer at New York Film Academy’s New York City campus in 2017.The stunning photos of Lucy’s Mind feature the character Lucy, alone in her apartment, dealing with various internal states of sadness, boredom, and anger. The photos are accompanied by dialogue between Lucy and a character named Henry.
Many of the photo names involve Lucy herself—“Lucy’s Blue Glasses,” “Lucy’s Hypothesis,” and “Lucy on Growing Up” for example. Others have titles like “An Awake One,” “We’re All Waiters,” and “What You Call Karma.”
Arias originally hails from Mexico City, Mexico, and attended the 1-year Photography Workshop in Spring 2016. She first met and got to know Michals after he spoke to NYFA Photography students at a special guest lecture.
Michals is an American photographer known for his sequential images, which often deal with mysteries and myths as well as for his creative extension of the possibilities within the medium of photography. While working as a freelance commercial photographer, Michals managed to also retain his own highly personal vision through his art.
The noncommercial photographs of Michals have been widely exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States and Europe. He has published a number of books of his work, including Sequences (1970), Homage to Cavafy: Ten Poems by Constantine Cavafy/Ten Photographs by Duane Michals (1978), and Eros & Thanatos (1992).
New York Film Academy congratulates NYFA photography alum Alejandra Arias on Lucy’s Mind and is delighted to have helped facilitate a relationship between her and famed photographer Duane Michals.