May was a month of bittersweet endings as New York Film Academy (NYFA) said goodbye to both a class of BFA Photography students as well as the 1-year Conservatory class.
Of course, it isn’t a permanent goodbye, as NYFA alumni are always welcome to events, mixers, and the exhibitions held by current students. And it’s not so much an ending, but a new beginning as these students begin the next step in their journeys as professional photographers.
The 1-year Photography students graduated on May 16 and featured the work of graduating students Cindy Chiang, Um Kulthoom Al Nasri, Kalavathi Kandasamy, Anqi Liu, Maria Antonella Moisello, Angelica Wilberg, Clea Livingston, Ana Duran, and Brian Myers.
The students came from around the world and showcased their final projects, which explored self-portraiture, identity, gender, color, war, grief, and fashion. NYFA is very proud of this talented group of artists and look forward to Brian Myers joining us again in the fall to continue with our MFA in Photography program.
On May 24, NYFA Photo held its opening reception for Kaleidoscope, a group photography exhibition showcasing the images of our BFA Photography graduates. The show included a selection of works from seven students’ thesis projects. The photographers included Jennifer Siemsen, Sara Barber, Sudeen Shrestha, Cinthya Reta, Parth Gajjar, Stephanie Johnstone, and Junsong Wang.
The images explored concepts ranging from memories and marriage to religious symbology and the gentrification of downtown Los Angeles. The show was curated by our Photo faculty member Andre Keichian, who encouraged students to explore multimedia presentations of their projects, including handmade darkroom prints and sculptural installation.
New York Film Academy congratulates the NYFA Photo 1-year and BFA graduates on the completion of their studies and the amazing work they’ve produced!