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Photography Alumni Spotlight: Ana Paula Tizzi


Since completing both the 4-Week Summer Program and the One-Year Photography Conservatory, New York Film Academy alumna Ana Paula Henrique Tizzi has worked on several photography projects including works from her excursions to the Dominican Republic and Cuba. The Brazilian native and current photography teacher’s assistant broke down some of her astounding work for us, and took the time out to answer some questions about her time at NYFA.

Dominican Republic

“The NYFA trip to the Dominican Republic was absolutely incredible to me. It was the first time I was able to put into practice all of my new skills and techniques I had learned, and really see the development of my style and ability—it’s a very special and unique piece of work.”


“I went to Cuba in the beginning of this year to work on a short documentary movie and had the opportunity to also work a little bit on my own project, in which I was able to show a little bit more of my point of view.”


“The circus project really means a lot to me as a person and also as a photographer. Circus taught me to embrace falling and making my own mistakes without being self-conscious.”


“Encarando is a project that was very challenging and fun for me. I love people’s reaction and movement. With a flashlight I light up people’s face on the streets, capturing crazy and funny moments that made my life easier.”

(All photos above are by Ana Paula Tizzi)

What made you decide to come to New York Film Academy?

New York Film Academy is a very well known school in Brazil, so it was my first thought when I decided to come to New York for the Intensive 4-week Summer Program. After that, I began planning for my next course at NYFA, which happened two years later with my One Year Conservatory Photography Program.

What was your most memorable moment at NYFA and what is one of the best lessons/skills you have learned while attending?

During the one year program most of my most memorable moments were the day-to-day interaction with the students and staff on top of the first hard experience of a professional photographers work schedule. The one year program was incredibly intense and packed with learning and new experiences, but by the end of the course it felt like not only had the time flown by, but I had also learned a lifetime of knowledge in such a short period of time. I have been lucky to meet amazing people and the greatest mentors I could ask for. Needless to say, it was the greatest two years I could ask for.During my overall experience at NYFA, I developed not only as a professional but also as a person.

How did the program help you in terms of the projects you’ve presented to us?

NYFA not only taught me to become a photographer, it also allowed me to believe in what I do. I’d like to thank all of my teachers and friends that I have made my NYFA experience an intensive and unforgettable year.

What do you see yourself doing in the future?

I am applying for a Masters Degree in Digital Photography, so after graduating I see myself growing and learning more about this amazing field. I also hope to jump-start my career as a photographer and travel to improve my portfolio and professional experience.

Do you have any advice for anyone interested in entering the photography industry?

Be patient and never be defeated. Never miss an opportunity. Keep shooting. Your eye is as good as your next shot.