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  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Brings Fashion Photography Workshop to Kazakhstan

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    On October 16, in Astana, Kazakhstan, New York Film Academy (NYFA) Photography instructor Kristina Varaksina provided visual art and filmmaking students at the Kazakh National University of Arts (KazNUA) with a stimulating hands-on fashion photography workshop. KazNUA Photography Workshop

    NYFA Professor Varaksina is an award-winning photographer; she is the recipient of multiple prestigious photography awards, including the Prix de la Photographie, Communications Arts Photography Annual, Int’l Photography Awards, PDN Faces, and more. 

    The KazNUA students explored the technical side of lighting and working with professional equipment, as well as the principles of working with ideas, creative teams, and models. Working with Profoto equipment, this workshop was a unique opportunity to learn about working with simple and complex lighting set-ups, learn to solve problems on set, and create outstanding fashion images.

    As stated by David Mager, Chair of NYFA’s Photography school, “Kristina never fails to amaze me. She has the incredible combined ability to teach the technical, while being amazingly creative.”

    Mager added, “Students always walk away with new knowledge that is easily implemented in their own photographic practice.”

    New York Film Academy and Kazakh National University of Arts have a close affiliation under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that was rendered earlier this year.

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    October 23, 2018 • International Diversity, Photography • Views: 1920

  • New York Film Academy & Kazakh National University of Arts (KazNUA) Sign Cooperative Agreement

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    An ancient Kazakh proverb declares, “People’s smiles are hotter than the sun” — and this was made evident earlier this month by the visit to New York Film Academy’s (NYFA) New York City campus of a delegation from the  Kazakh National University of Arts (KazNUA) and the Kazakhstan Consulate.

    Mr. Talgat Taishanov, KazNUA director of the visual arts department, represented KazNUA Rector Ms. Ayman Musahadzhayeva, for the ceremony of a signing of a formal cooperative agreement (MoU) between New York Film Academy College of Visual & Performing Arts and Kazakh National University of Arts.

    NYFA Senior Executive Vice President David Klein rendered the agreement and presented an official certificate of appreciation to the distinguished guests from Kazakhstan. In turn, Mr. Taishanov presented Mr. Klein with a traditional stately robe from his country.

    The association between our two creative institutions of higher learning has already yielded productive outcomes, with NYFA supporting “Ushkyn,” KazNUA’s first festival of student films. Additionally, this month NYFA’s LA campus hosted a graduate filmmaking student who is the Head of the Young Section of National Academy of Cinematography at KazNUA.

    The partnership was recently featured on the Kazakh National News station.

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    In New York was held a ceremony of signing a memorandum of cooperation between the famous New York Film Academy and the Kazakh National University of Arts. Last year such an agreement was concluded with the branch of the Academy in Los Angeles, thanks to such cooperation, the teachers of Kazakh National University of Arts Meirambek Abdukarimov and Talgat Taishanov passed an internship in the USA. Currently, a second-year undergraduate Ayan Nayzabekov [is] passing the practice in Los Angeles. And today such cooperation between the two film schools is expanding. On behalf of the rector of the Kazakh National University of Arts Ayman Musahadzhayeva, the head of the Cinema and Television department, Taishanov Talgat, took part in the ceremony of signing the memorandum. From the American side the document was signed by the vice president of New York Film Academy David Klein. Thus, a new stage of cooperation between the leading educational institutions of Kazakhstan and the USA is coming, which will contribute to the further development of relations between our countries in the field of culture, art and cinema.

    David Klein: – After signing a memorandum of understanding, we expect more meaningful cooperation. We gladly welcome students at the Kazakh National Academy of Arts at the New York Film Academy. We can share our experience and introduce our experts in the film coffers. We look forward to our future cooperation and film festival, which is scheduled for July and will contribute to our successful partnership.

    Talgat Taishanov: – On behalf of the rector of the Kazakh National University of Arts Ayman Musahadzhayeva, today we signed a memorandum of cooperation with the New York Film Academy. Last year we signed the same contract with the New York Film Academy of Los Angeles. We hope that this signing of the agreements gives us an opportunity to exchange students for academic mobility and also to exchange teachers for conducting master classes. For us, this is a very large area of our activity, in the department of cinema and TV. We hope that in the future our students will be free to work in the world cinema space.

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