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  • Paul Sunday’s “Improv / Archive” Exhibition at New York Public Library

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    From Archive / Improv series, photograph on baryta paper, 24 x 32 inches, 2016. © Paul Sunday

    The New York Public Library invited New York Film Academy Photography instructor Paul Sunday to create a new body of work for a solo show at their Mid-Manhattan branch. The Photo Walls in Picture Collection Exhibition Series “Archive / Improv” is on view from September 2016 through February of 2017 and is curated by Arezoo Moseni.

    “In response to the location, I will re-contextualize seldom viewed images from my archive to explore the boundaries between photography, sculpture and installation,” says Sunday.

    “These pictures consider the photograph as an object. My studio is a laboratory, a space for experimentation,” added Sunday. “It is bursting with stuff, equipment, lights, scraps of bric-a-brac, and old props but above all an extensive archive of photographic materials, the residue of twenty-five years of image making. I use all of this as material for improvisation. Riffing on the vocabularies of installation, sculpture, and collage, I endeavor to transform mundane objects into something poetic. I am fortunate to have space and time for contemplating my obsession with vision, light and the energy of ordinary things.”

    In addition to his teaching at NYFA’s photography school, Sunday is a photographer, painter, and curator. He discovered his love of photography while working on avant-garde theater and performance projects in New York. His earliest images were documents of performances and portraits of actors. In the 1990s, the artist created thousands of pictures for magazines and luxury brands. His portraits of artists and celebrities have been published in Paper, aRude, Interview, Soma and German Vogue among others.

    For more information on Paul Sunday’s “Archive / Improv,” please CLICK HERE.


    September 29, 2016 • Faculty Highlights, Photography • Views: 3427

  • Celebrity Photographer Indrani Speaks at NYFA’s Photography School


    This Wednesday, September 30th, Paul Sunday’s Photography class welcomed celebrity photographer and film director, Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri. Indrani’s vast experience and unique sensibility makes her one of the most sought after professional visual artists in the world. Where do we begin…

    Originally from Calcutta, India, Indrani’s photography career began while working with Markus Klinko in New York City. Indrani’s work was soon discovered by David Bowie, who commissioned her for his album cover. As one can imagine, Indrani was ecstatic to work with him, even mentioning she thought it was a prank at first.


    Indrani lecturing at New York Film Academy

    From there, Indrani’s celebrity clients grew to the likes of Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Anne Hathaway, Kate Winslet, Jennifer Lopez, Mary J. Blige, Eva Mendes, Katie Holmes, Britney Spears, Alicia Keys, Janet Jackson, Keanu Reeves, Jay-Z, Usher, Kanye West, Val Kilmer, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Will Smith, Jaden and Willow Smith. She has collaborated with KAWS and Richard Phillips, among others.

    Her advertising clients have included Barney’s New York, LVMH, Lancome, Elizabeth Arden, L’Oreal Paris, Shiseido, Pantene, Head & Shoulders Herbal Essences, Remy Martin, Sky Blue, Lolita Lempika, Gucci, Hugo Boss, Wolford, Girard Perregaux, Anna Sui, MAC, Baume et Mercier, De Beers, Epson, Mattel Broncolor, Hello Kitty, Jaguar, Nike, Pepsi and others.

    Her work has been featured in the top tier publications such as Vogue, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Harper’s Bazaar, Interview, GQ, The New York Times, The London Sunday Times, In Style and Time.

    From strategies for collaborating with celebrities, to practical guidance on balancing technique and creativity, she broke it all down and delivered a memorable masterclass for us. According to Indrani, a lot of her success has come from being a great diplomat as well as being original and pushing the boundaries.

    Often times, a photographer only has four to five solid minutes to work with a celebrity client, which can be a challenge within itself. “So much of photography is the talent you work with,” says Indrani. “Some actors are uncomfortable being themselves, and so sometimes you need to give them a role to play.”

    Unlike some of other photography guests, Indrani shoots digitally only. Though, while she feels the tools are much easier to work with, she insists photographers continually challenge themselves.

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    Indrani with NYFA Photography Co-Chair, Paul Sunday

    “Indrani moves through the world with diplomacy and grace and it is no surprise that celebrities the world over have trusted her with their images,” said New York Film Academy Photography Co-Chair, Paul Sunday. “She is a fine role model for emerging artists, balancing the glamour and gloss of her professional life with philanthropy as a persistent advocate for young women, education and environmental sustainability.”

    Moving forward in her career, Indrani has taken to her original passion of filmmaking. Indrani’s film and stills for Digital Death won two Gold Lions at Cannes Festival of Creativity for TBWA/Keep A Child Alive and raised millions to fight AIDS in India and Africa. She has also directed music videos for David Bowie and Alicia Keys.

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    “It has been a joy to watch Indrani’s continued success as an image-maker, and a great honor to introduce her to our students,” added Sunday. “I was deeply touched by her advice to them regarding thinking and dreaming big. She firmly believes in the power of aspiration to greatly increase our chances of success and surprising ourselves. She counseled photographers to challenge themselves. She also encouraged all of us to hone our technical skills and keep pace with the changes in this ever expanding world of photographic possibilities.”

    We wish Indrani the best of luck moving forward in her already incredible career, and sincerely thank her for enlightening our young visual artists.


    October 1, 2015 • Filmmaking, Guest Speakers, Photography • Views: 6505

  • Documentary Photographer Antonio Bolfo Speaks at NYFA

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    Antonio Bolfo at NYFA

    This past Tuesday, Paul Sunday’s photography class welcomed a very special guest speaker, New York based documentary photographer Antonio Bolfo. Bolfo has a rather unique background — after working as the senior animator at Harmonix for four years he decided to study photo journalism, and eventually made the transition to law enforcement. Bolfo told the New York Times Lens Blog that he essentially became a police officer out of “boredom,” and the desire for, “street-level experience.” He also told the Times, “It was a really idealistic time in my life. I really thought I could make a difference. Save some people. It was very naïve, but that was my thought process at the time.” In addition to the other tools of police work, Bolfo began taking a camera on the beat. He captured an acute body of work documenting the stark realities of law enforcement in the South Bronx.

    After a year of photographing while on the force, he left to pursue photography full time. Since then, Bolfo has visited many locations of crisis on our planet and become an award winning documentary photographer.

    His work has been published in the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Time Magazine, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, American Photography and Communication Arts. He is represented by Getty Images.

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    His presentation at the New York Film Academy’s Battery Park campus was a big hit with the photography students.

    “He’s young and a very direct, engaging public speaker,” said Paul Sunday, Co-Chair of NYFA Photography. “He’s also an extremely accomplished photojournalist who has survived some perilous adventures.”

    One of the interesting aspects of Bolfo’s approach toward photography is that he has the ability to capture images of the extremes of human experience, yet still make beautiful, well crafted images. He strikes a balance between truth telling and powerful image making that is uncanny and quite rare. He has seen a number colleagues sacrifice their lives for photography and is on a sabbatical from shooting. He told me that it is in extreme moments of experience that he sees peoples humanity. He is a fascinating character and was very inspiring for our students.


    January 23, 2015 • Guest Speakers, Photography • Views: 6447