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  • New York Film Academy Alumni to be Featured at ArtExpo in NYC


    Every year, thousands from the art industry attend ArtExpo New York in search of trendsetting art and artists that will be shown in galleries worldwide. Hosting more than 35,000 avid art enthusiasts annually, ArtExpo is the largest international gathering of qualified trade buyers — including gallery owners and managers, art dealers, interior designers, architects, corporate art buyers, and art and framing retailers.

    Kingi Kingibe's photography

    Kingi Kingibe’s photography

    There will be 400+ innovative exhibiting artists, galleries, and publishers from across the globe, showcasing exciting original artwork, prints, paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, ceramics, giclee, lithographs, glass works and more — all under one roof at Pier 94.

    New York Film Academy artist/alumni featured at ArtExpo 2018 include:

    Kingi Kingibe: From Nigeria, Kingibe has explored the devastating effects of cotton; from its role in the enslavement of African American people to its damaging effects on the planet. In a recent exhibit, the artist framed cotton plants in gold and transfers stunning portraits of Black women in vintage cotton clothing onto actual raw cotton. The exhibit juxtaposes the ubiquity of cotton with its barbaric origins.

    • NYFA alum Jon Henry

      Photos by NYFA alum Jon Henry

    Jon Henry: Henry graduated from the New York Film Academy Photography School’s 1-Year Conservatory and is a teaching assistant at the New York City campus. In his visual artwork, he focuses primarily on the black family and the community at large. He also explores the representation of athletes in fine art. His Stranger Fruit in Smack Mellon’s Hot Picks 2017 and you can read about him on the NYFA blog.

    NYFA alum Ana Paula Tizzi

    NYFA alum Ana Paula Tizzi

    Ana Paula Tizzi: The work she will be showing is entitled Dear Fubá, which illustrates her father’s advice via letters from Brazil. She uses photographs and cinemagraphs (photos with certain features that are animated). The artist says, “Among these are how to achieve self- acceptance, the importance of moderation and the need for persistence in work and life.”

    Alejandro Ibarra: LGBTQ+ families are often labeled “non-traditional,” and NYFA MFA grad Ibarra photographs both straight and LGBTQ+ family portraits in his series Piece by Piece, and addresses the irrelevancy of sexual orientation as it pertains to how families are classified.

    Photography by NYFA Alum Alejandro Ibarra

    Photography by NYFA Alum Alejandro Ibarra

    Natasha Rudenko: Bodily Confessions examines “femininity, national identity, and gender politics as a Russian born, white woman living in the United States.” Rudenko comes from a conservative background in Russia so her viewpoint is a unique one. The artist says, “This project is about my journey of recognizing and interpreting my whiteness, my body, my power, my presence and place through photography.

    Natasha Rudenko photography

    Natasha Rudenko photography


  • Joan Pamboukes Showcasing New Art Installation at The Paul Robeson Galleries


    New York Film Academy Photography instructor Joan Pamboukes is showcasing a new art installation at The Paul Robeson Galleries at Rutgers University. There will be a reception on Thursday, Sept. 22 from 5pm-7pm.


    Her installation, which was funded in part by NYFA, “Interfered interior of the Ballantine House parlor, Newark, New Jersey” is a site-specific installation inspired by Newark Museum’s historic Ballantine House and dedicated to the memory of Ben McClellan.

    “I had the assistance of our wonderful Teacher’s Assistant, Sean Brown, who is an expert in both the printing process and installation of photos presented on this particular ‘peel and stick’ material,” said Pamboukes. “Both Sean and another wonderful NYFA TA, Ana Paula Tizzi, volunteered to assist with the install. Ana also documented the entire process.”

    Pamboukes utilized readily available technology – an iPhone camera and a panorama app – through which she investigates the effects of media and interactivity in our society, and the way we experience the world through the interference of constantly evolving technologies and ubiquity of images online.

    Through the device’s basic technological capabilities and photographic functions, Pamboukes’ depiction of the parlor section of the house is distorted and fragmented, causing the uneven surface and pixilated texture to interfere with the present reality. The circular movement of the camera and the app’s digital ability to read certain areas and objects, or pass over them, personifies the space, making this domestic scene imaginary and fantastic.

    The room’s distinctive character, the scale of the work in relation to our body, as well as the distorted representation of space, conjure a psychedelic feel, as though trapped in an Alice in Wonderland moment. Experiencing this room through a photograph, rather than the site itself, redefines a moment in time, and by fusing together two disparate worlds, Pamboukes further detaches the place from its past.

    Observing this historical and bourgeois environment in the context of Newark’s current climate, raises questions about the role of the city today, its changing landscape, diverse architecture, and its relation to the past. Looking at this interior through a contemporary lens (literally), the space becomes almost unimaginable and even fictional in today’s world, echoing in a sense how we witness, stage and present false realities.

    For more information on the gallery, please CLICK HERE.


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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.