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  • New York Film Academy Los Angeles (NYFA-LA) Photography Department – Fall 2019 Newsletter

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    Amanda and PDN 

    Our full-time faculty Amanda Rowan has won the prestigious PDN Curator Award. This is a biennial award given to five photographers for exceptional fine art images. Rowan received this year’s recognition for her photo project Ritual. This series examines the intersection of seduction, mysticism, and performance within the realm of modern reproductive politics and traditional mating rituals.

    Rowan attended the opening and week-long group show in New York City this past month. Photo District News produced the event, led by Holly Hughes. The group show was curated by:

    Brent Beamon, Director of Flowers Gallery – NYC
    Coco Conry, Gallery Director of Jackson Fine Art
    Pauline Vermare, Cultural Director of Magnum Photos New York

    The images from the winning photographers was published in October’s issue of PDN, focusing on fine art photography. 

    FAYN exhibition 

    FAYN’s latest iteration The Unseen Body arrived in September. We had a great turnout celebrating the launch of Issue #006! We exhibited the work in our Photo Arts Gallery, Los Angeles, and gave free copies of the magazine to all attendees. 

    The Unseen Body was inspired by the need for diversity in the representation of the human body in mainstream media. We hope to prompt deep discussions about how, as global imagemakers, we use our medium to make images of meaning. Our bodies carry us from our first day to our last. They are the holders of our stories; every blemish, scar, and mark is a part of us. Our bodies are inherently and uniquely our own and cannot be duplicated. And yet daily we are bombarded with images that tell us otherwise.

    Magazines available for sale HERE. 

    Lane Barden – The Elevated Eye: Aerial Photography Past and Present

    Lane Barden’s current exhibition at the Forest Lawn Museum examines the history of aerial photography, from its origins in the nineteenth century to the boundary-pushing technologies of the 21st century. It assembles nearly 150 images and 14 minutes of video, as well as satellite models and drones. 

    The exhibition includes photographs from Forest Lawn Museum’s permanent collection that have never been displayed, as well as works from the Getty Research Institute; Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens; and the Special Collections of Los Angeles Public Library. The Elevated Eye: Aerial Photography Past and Present also features the work of David Maisel, a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow in the Creative Arts and Jenny Odell, a multi-disciplinary artist and writer. The exhibition includes more than twenty images and mesmerizing video footage by the drone pilot and photographer Chen Ming. Moving beyond the stratosphere, The Elevated Eye features historical images from NASA as well as the work of Erwan Rivault, a French geographer who uses data from European Space Agency satellites to create stunning images of natural wonders on the Earth’s surface.

    The Elevated Eye: Aerial Photography Past and Present will be open to the public from October 10, 2019 – March 8, 2020
    Forest Lawn Museum, Forest Lawn-Glendale
    1712 S. Glendale Avenue
    Glendale, California

    Photo LA

    This year the Photo Arts Conservatory will exhibiting and putting on educational programming at Photo LA. Photo LA is a collaborative platform that links the international photography community–world-class artists / photographers, galleries, dealers, and publishers. This four-day event takes place January 30 – February 2nd, 2020 at The Historic Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, CA.

    In addition to exhibiting student and faculty work, educational panels will be part of the event:

    Friday Jan. 31, 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.
    Artist and Curator: Lane Barden and Getty Curator discuss Lane’s work in the Monumentaily exhibition at the Getty. The curator will also break down how the show was curated. 

    Saturday Feb. 1,  4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Social Media Giants: Thoughts and Advice on Instagram
    Baz Here (MFA student at PhotoArts) and Alejandro Ibarra (MFA Alumni), both who have strong Instagram followings will discuss their use of Instagram as a platform, how they got their following, and what they see the future of Instagram to be for photography. 

    Saturday Feb. 1,  5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
    Photo Reps: The Inside Scoop
    Maren Levinson (RedEye), Jen Jenkins (Giant Artists), and more will be in dialogue about the current trends in photography and the role reps are taking as things change within the industry. 

    We will be exhibiting work from students, alumni and faculty. Here are some highlights from our curation:

    Service Learning: Pet Shoot 

    On December 2, our first-semester Lighting I students will be visiting the South LA pet shelter to photograph dogs and cats animals in need of a home. As part of our service and learning engaged curriculum, we are asking the students to evaluate three areas of service learning as they participate in this photoshoot and event: 

    Perspective Taking: the ability to engage and learn from perspectives and experiences different from one’s own and to understand how one’s place in the world both informs and limits one’s knowledge. 

    Social Responsibility: the ability to recognize one’s responsibilities to society–locally, nationally, and globally–and to develop a perspective on ethical and power relations both across the globe and within individual societies.

    Cultural Diversity: the ability to recognize the origins and influences of one’s own cultural heritage along with its limitations in providing all that one needs to know in the world. The students will submit final images that they shoot and a 1.5 page reflection paper in response to their experience. 

    Darkroom Class

    The black-and-white film photography class at NYFA is headed by Andrew Hall and has the darkroom at its heart. Offering hands-on experience of the art and craft of photography, this is our orange-lit haven in today’s storm of digital and manipulated imagery. 

    Getting back to the DNA of photography, students are introduced to the liberating process of creating their own images from scratch. This begins with processing their own films, then editing from contact prints, right through to creating beautifully crafted black-and-white prints, with a rich tonal range that remain unchallenged in their immediacy. The physicality of the entire endeavor enriches the photographers’ ability to communicate with their audience, and grants them ownership of the work in a unique way, when they have brought their whole project to life by their own skill, diligence and judgment. 

    The darkroom may be a Victorian creation, but thanks to the continued commitment of NYFA students and faculty, its creative relevance continues to evolve. 

    Sony Event 

    This year NYFA was selected to be invited to Sony’s EDU Class of 2019 Immersion Event in Los Angeles September 27-29, 2019. This is an annual workshop bringing together creators from the EDU community. Students and faculty expressed their creativity while learning from experienced coaches, along with the chance to win some great prizes! After the workshop, on October 3rd, there was an exhibition where students submitted work to be shown on display.

    Sony’s EDU Team and Artisans of Imagery lead a fabulous workshop for NYFA Photo students with Nino Rakichevich – Fashion Photography, Katrin Eismann – Street Photography, and 

    Brooke Shaden – Fine Art: Your Unique Style. They also held workshops in video with Eyenamics – Telling a Story, and Jeff Berlin – FS Series on Set.

    All attendees received a swag bag and had a chance to win a Sony Alpha camera with lens.

    If you want to be involved next time or have questions, please reach out to Sony directly at EDU@sony.com or (858)942-0099

    Alumni News

    Our BFA Alumni Lotta Lementti was featured in a cover story for Float Magazine for her contemporary Still Life Images. “With the series The Ordinary, I want the viewer to share my sense of wonder and joy in the ordinary objects of everyday life. I want to give the audience a moment to appreciate the things we so often take for granted and overlook.” 

    Our Current BFA student Eric James Cabral is working on a personal project documenting iconic rap and hip hop artists, including Big Boi from Outkast and Ice Cube.

    Graphic Design and Social Movements Class

    Our Graphic Design and Social Movements class covered the history of the relationship between print, design, and social justice movements. In addition to this, students were also introduced to the digital and analog skills required to develop a graphic design practice that responds to a social issue. Topics we covered included: the abolitionist press, suffragist press, early environmental and labor movement press, various printmaking collectives, anti-war media, agit-prop, street art as intervention, and aspects of social media’s potential for advocacy projects. 

    We explored a variety of US and international graphic design styles, uses, and purposes as they relate to specific moments in various struggles for social justice. We surveyed these technological and stylistic specifics and the impacts design has played in launching, growing, and spreading these transformative moments through the social fabric. At the heart of the class was the necessary intersectionality of contemporary social movements that link racial capitalism, gender oppression, ableism, homo- and transphobia, and ecological devastation with each other. 

    Through this lens we looked back at the politics and movements of the past century (and a few examples of further in the past) to examine how movement graphics, presses, and arts collectives have built an inspiring constellation of liberatory determination for designers and activists of today to draw on. Students engaged with this history and potential by planning, designing, and printing their own publications that related to an issue or concern of their choice. 

    Sneak Peek to the new FAYN, which is now a class:

    We are currently in production on our latest issue of FAYN, Gender and Sexuality.

    We are privileged to publish FAYN in LA and be within an academic environment that encourages diversity of thought and expression. Despite this, we as a society are still systematically plagued by gender-based discrimination and sexual oppression. For this next issue of FAYN we will focus on imagery and content that examines your beliefs, constraints, and ideas of gender and sexuality.

    We sought work that examines desire and the free expression of all genders and sexualities towards liberatory futures that free heteronormative patriarchal constructions that we have been conditioned to adhere to. 

    Now Casting: Actors and Models

    Photo Newsletter November 2019

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    December 2, 2019 • Faculty Highlights, Photography, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 415

  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Photography Department Launches FAYN #005

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    FAYN is a collaborative photography magazine produced by the New York Film Academy (NYFA) Photography Department. The magazine features students, faculty and alumni whose work explores contemporary concepts in art and culture.

    FAYN is a platform for visual expression, and it’s a celebration of printed media. In this fast-moving digital era of photography, FAYN serves to slow down the experience of viewing photography and experiencing art. As you flip through the pages, we hope that you take the time to savor the experience of holding them in your hand.  

    A launch party was held for the latest issue of FAYN, #005, titled Deconstruction. In addition to an impressive array of photographic art, FAYN #005 also features an interview with and the work of renowned artist Lorna Simpson.

    Student Editor Maddie Smith says in her Editor’s Letter, also featured in the issue, that “When curating the theme of this issue, Deconstruction, we wanted to feature images that were dismantling, dissecting, and reducing preconceptions both through unique visuals and thoughtful concepts. Our mission with the theme of deconstruction is to show that texts, institutions, traditions, societies, beliefs, and even images, do not necessarily need to be defined by our preconceived notions and that they can exceed the boundaries they currently occupy.”

    Magazine Cover Concept by Maddie Smith; designed by Alumni Yingda Shang 

    Featured Faculty
    Jackie Neale
    @jackiephotogy

    Dia Yunzhi Wang
    @dia.1111y

    Ain’t I A Woman?
    Thesis Work and Writing
    by Edolia Stroud
    @edoliastroudy

    Karyna Dobrykava
    @karinadobraphotoy

    Fa(y)n
    By Tom Myers
    @thom_myers_42y

    Paper Gun
    MFA Thesis project by
    Juan Sebastian Echeverri
    @juansebastianecheverri

    Featuring “Thank you for your Bullet”
    By Mina Khouzamy
    Featured Alumni

    Lotta Lemetti
    @lottalemettiy

    Close Up
    By BFA student
    Maddie Smith
    @mharpersmith

    Featuring “Deconstruct Me, Reconstruct You”
    By Mina Khouzamy

    Google Space
    Thesis work by Medford Deforest
    @deforest.medfordInterview by Mina Khouzamy

    Marvelous Food
    By BFA Student
    Hugh Li
    @huughliy

    FUGA
    Featured Alumni
    Patricia Montrase
    @patriciamontrasey

    Artist Spotlight
    Lorna Simpson
    Interview by Maddie Smith

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    July 12, 2019 • Photography • Views: 803

  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Photography’s FAYN #006 Has Its First Shoot

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    FAYN magazine is a the fashion and art publication created by students and faculty of the Photo Arts Conservatory at New York Film Academy (NYFA) to celebrate and explore photography each semester, culminating in a printed publication.

    FAYN #006

    For this next issue of FAYN Magazine, NYFA Photography students shot their first original content event inspired by the theme of Issue #006: “The Unseen Body.” Here is what student editor and writer Mina Khouzam says about the event:

    “A night of truth, of vulnerability, a night of acceptance, of appreciation. Welcome to the space we collectively called home. With egos checked at our open door, fellow students from NYFA Los Angeles joined us for a photoshoot that was developed in the spirit of collaborative creation. 

    “Each subject was asked two questions: What part of your body, like physically out there, makes you feel most vulnerable? Everyone’s got something that they associate with a superficial weakness, intrinsically woven in the stories that make us who we are. What part is most powerful? Yes, powerful. What part of you makes you feel strong and confident? That part of you with the most compliments, that part of you, if all else failed, still carries the brunt of the beauty you perceive to have?

    “What sparked as a thought, blossomed into a photo session and a conversation about self, society, and social-awareness—that human condition we’re all going through, we’re going through it together … We are excited to share the full story with you in our upcoming issue. And invite you to ask yourself these two questions. We’re all beautiful, this reminded us.”

    The photos were shot by FAYN’s editorial power-trifecta of Maddie, Um Kalthum and Maria-Antonella, and assisted by FAYN editors Yingda Shang, Thom Myers and Cindy Chiang. Myers also photographed behind-the-scenes images of the shoot.

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    May 21, 2019 • Photography • Views: 782

  • Brooklyn’s Photoville to Exhibit Work from FAYN Magazine by New York Film Academy (NYFA)

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    Photoville, the popular photo festival at Brooklyn Bridge Park, is returning for its seventh consecutive year. The event will take place between September 13-16 & 20-23 and will again include an exhibition of art taken by 16 different New York Film Academy Photography students and alumni. This year’s container exhibit will be made up of art from FAYN, NYFA’s biannual photography magazine.

    FAYN is a collaborative photography magazine produced by the New York Film Academy Photography Department. The magazine features students, faculty, and alumni whose work explores contemporary concepts in art and culture.

    From Ziomara Ramirez’s “The Last Time”

    The alumni and student work conveys a wide range of emotions and aesthetics from love and beauty to the traumatic and political. It also serves as an example of the variety of ways NYFA students effectively convey their photographic expression — from high fashion to landscapes, or bright and vivid to dreary and nocturnal.

    Curators of the Photoville exhibit are NYFA Photography Chair David Mager and Instructor Joan Pamboukes. Faculty Advisors and Editors of FAYN magazine are Amanda Rowan, Kean O’Brien, and Naomi White. All of the photographers featured in the exhibition are included below.

    Tanne Willow’s “Matriarch”

    Alumni work includes “Coming Out Stories” by Alejandro Ibarra. Of his collection of photos, Ibarra says, “The inspiration for the series came after a friend of mine told me about how he came out to his family. My own experience was very different from his, but I somehow really related to it.” Ibarra is an MFA alumnus from NYFA’s Los Angeles photography school and a current instructor for NYFA LA.

    “Feed” by Wen

    BFA alum Ziomara Ramirez’s haunting work, entitled “The Last Time,” documents the scenes of homicide victims in Los Angeles. Her photos were taken around the same time of day as the shootings, lending an eerie tone to already unsettling subject matter.

    Tanne Willow‘s “Instant Composition” and “Matriarch” are both featured in the exhibit. Transitioning from dancing to photography, the 2-Year Conservatory grad unsurprisingly said, “My preferred way to work is with people in motion. Whether it’s fine arts or commercial photography.”

    Opening night for Photoville is on Thursday, September 13th. The festival will take over Brooklyn Bridge Park in DUMBO, Brooklyn. You can find the New York Film Academy in container #15.

    The full list of the students, faculty, and alumni exhibited:

    Rushank Agrawal
    Brenda Cantu
    Nitin Doppalapudi
    Thomas Locke Hobbs
    Alejandro Ibarra
    Mark Joseph
    Kormiyaki Lamarr
    Lorena PachÑn
    Ziomara Ramirez
    Laura Rossignol
    Monika Sedziute
    Daryl Spiegel
    Tanne Udden
    Dia Wang
    Tanne Willow
    Wen

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    September 13, 2018 • Diversity, Photography, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 1386

  • Check Out FAYN Magazine by New York Film Academy Photography Department

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    FAYN is a collaborative photography magazine produced by the New York Film Academy Photography Department. The magazine features students, faculty, and alumni whose work explores contemporary concepts in art and culture.

    We are a community of global visual storytellers, with students and faculty from around the world. We thrive in our constant engagement with a multitude of perspectives and aesthetic practices, and we mine our diverse understandings of cultural identity, beauty, and symbolism in the collective pursuit of artmaking.

    As faculty advisors and editors, we see the inspiring voices of emerging image-makers represented in the content of this magazine, alongside the deep values that guide our program. We prioritize both intersectional diversity and the highest standards of photographic practices in this magazine, as well as in our classroom critiques.

    FAYN is a platform for visual expression, and it’s a celebration of printed media. In this fast-moving digital era of photography, FAYN serves to slow down the experience of viewing photography and experiencing art. As you flip through the pages, we hope that you take the time to savor the experience of holding them in your hand.

    We want to thank the students and faculty who participated in issue #002 of FAYN. We are honored to guide, teach and learn from such creative and talented artists.

    Click here to buy your copy of issue #002 of FAYN.

    Amanda Rowan, Kean O’Brien, and Naomi White

    Faculty Advisors and Editors

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