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  • Photo Arts Conservatory at New York Film Academy (NYFA) Holds Photo Assisting/Digital Tech Workshop

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    On Saturday, July 13, Photo Arts Conservatory at New York Film Academy (NYFA) held a Photo Assisting/Digital Tech workshop at our Los Angeles campus. Eight students had the opportunity to participate in a simulated real-world environment with professional models from Nomad.

    Students were able to make a mock-campaign shoot for a jeans brand! Students began by creating a mood board and style guide for the mock “client” before building lighting setups and tethering the shoot to Capture One.

    LA Photo Assist Digitech Workshop 2019

    NYFA Photography instructors on hand included Amanda Rowan and Alyson Aliano. Students participating in the workshop included Maddie Smith, Matthew Van Scoter, Eric Magana, Keyao Zhu, Doudou Lin, and Kuangyu Lin.

    The workshop students were joined by guest artist Zen Sekizawa, who played the “client.” Sekizawa is a well-known commercial photographer in Los Angeles, and s he was generous in her interpretation of what a “client” would expect for the shoot. She gave honest feedback to students who took on different roles, including the photographer, the photo assistant, and the digital tech.

    “I had a great time and learned a lot,” says BFA Photography student Matthew Van Scoter. “It was very hands-on, and I enjoyed learning about all the small details that I might have overlooked, from setting up the equipment in a timely manner to the workflow of Capture One.”

    Van Scoter adds, “This workshop was an absolutely amazing way to get a lot of industry knowledge. It was also really fun at the same time.”

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    July 26, 2019 • Photography • Views: 451

  • New York Film Academy Los Angeles (NYFA-LA) 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 in Los Angeles. 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: 407

  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Photography Students Photograph Animals at East Valley Animal Shelter

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    Each semester a group of New York Film Academy (NYFA) Photography students spend a day photographing animals at East Valley Animal Shelter, one of Los Angeles’s many animal shelters. LA Photo East Valley Animal Shelter

    Historically, the animals who are less likely to get adopted such as older dogs and bigger dogs have a higher chance of finding homes when they have photos with good lighting that help make them look friendly and cute!

    NYFA Photography students work incredibly hard on producing the lighting on set to create iconic images of each animal. These images are then used for social media posts to get these cuties homes! 

    It is truly an amazing event that is both heartbreaking and heartwarming! This semester, NYFA Photography students were at East Valley Animal Shelter. Please check out their Instagram if you are interested in adopting or fostering a new furry friend!

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    July 11, 2019 • Outreach, Photography • Views: 448

  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Graphic Design and Photography Students Team Up to Design Delicious Food Editorials

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    Students from both the New York Film Academy (NYFA) 1-year Graphic Design conservatory and the 1-year Photography conservatory teamed up to conceptualize, art direct, style, shoot, and design magazine editorials featuring fabulous foods.  Graphic Design Photography Food Editorial

    Working in teams of three—one graphic designer, two photographers—students explored different conceptual ideas about food, from imperfect, perfect sandwiches to decadent doughnuts, to marvelous macarons. Teams sourced inspirational photography as a departure point, defined themes, selected colors, objects (food items and props), sketched editorial magazine layouts, and wrote editorial copy to guide them during the shoot.

    During a day of shooting in the NYFA Photography studio, students worked diligently to realize their ideas and see them take shape. Multiple shots were taken for each still-life set up to ensure that layout, color, and composition all worked harmoniously.

    Once the day of shooting was complete, the post-production work began. The teams reviewed and selected finals. Images were worked on in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop and then taken into Adobe InDesign for preliminary design. Layouts were finalized and magazine covers were created.

    All in all, the project was a wonderful collaboration and exactly mirrored professional practices, emphasizing the collaborative team aspect of graphic design and photography.

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    July 10, 2019 • Graphic Design, Photography • Views: 435

  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Partners with Raritan High School for the Veterans Portrait Project

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    New York Film Academy (NYFA) recently partnered with Raritan High School in Hazlet, New Jersey for the Veterans Portrait Project (VVP), a nonprofit organization and ongoing photography project that honors the women and men who have served their country in the armed forces.

    NYFA Photography instructor John Tona guided digital photography students at the high school as they captured portraits of over a dozen veterans from across New Jersey, as well as any of the students’ family members from across the US who have served.

    Veterans Portrait Project VPP Raritan HS
    On set was Colonel Jack Jacobs, Medal of Honor Recipient and Chair of NYFA’s Veterans Advancement Program, who greeted the student photographers and veteran subjects, as well as joining them for a portrait. Each veteran participated in an individual portrait session.

    Additionally, the participating veterans and Colonel Jacobs were interviewed by AP Language students who used the statements to compose a tribute to commemorate their service. Both the portraits and written tributes were showcased in a dedicated exhibit at the school on Memorial Day. 

    “There are few Americans with experiences as diverse, startling, and life-altering as our military veterans,” said Jacobs. “The Veterans Portrait Project brings these experiences into emotionally-laden view, and in the process, the Project captures the creative skill of those who have served us. The New York Film Academy is proud to be a part of this spectacular effort.” 

    “It was an amazing experience,” remarked Tona, who worked closely with the students and their veteran subjects. “It’s always great to work with young students, eager to learn photography. What I think made this even more special was our subjects. Meeting with and hearing some of the stories from the veterans and their families from all major conflicts going back to World War II was a unique experience—not only did the students of Raritan High School receive photography lessons, but it was a lesson in our nation’s history as well. I am glad I could be a part of it.”

    Also in attendance during the event were Hazlet Mayor Scott Aagre, Raritan High School Principal Dr. Andrew Piotrowski, and Monmouth County Freeholder Sue Kiley.

    The Veterans Portrait Project was launched by Stacy Pearsall, a decorated combat photographer who has completed three tours in Iraq and photographed approximately 6,000 US veterans. The project provides photography students with an opportunity to advance their studio lighting and portrait photography skills, while also giving them the chance to thank America’s heroes through their art.

    “The Raritan High School Veterans Portrait Project’s purpose is to provide students the opportunity and privilege of interacting with local military veterans while advancing their interviewing, writing, and portrait photography skills,” declared Teresa Gennarelli, Fine Arts Educator at Raritan High School. “The event fosters a knowledge of—and a respect for—the sacrifices our veterans have made for all of us, and bestows a small honor on our heroes.”

    New York Film Academy and Chair of the NYFA Veteran Advancement Program Colonel Jack Jacobs thanks the students, faculty, and staff of Raritan High School and Ms. Stacy Pearsall for including NYFA in this impactful activity and for their dedication to those who have served in this nation’s military.

    Check out some of the student portrait work below:

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    June 18, 2019 • Photography, Veterans • Views: 648

  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Photography Showcases Graduate Work

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    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!

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    June 7, 2019 • Photography, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 466

  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Photography Students Attend Palm Springs Photo Festival

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    This May, The Photo Arts Conservatory at New York Film Academy Los Angeles (NYFA-LA) attended the Palm Springs Photo Festival for the fourth consecutive year in a row.

    Each year, the festival provides an opportunity for our students to meet with legendary photographers, share their portfolios in the celebrated portfolio review program, check out the latest photo gear, enjoy evening presentations by world famous image makers, and attend cutting-edge seminars, symposiums, and networking events. NYFA Photography students gain incredible insight into the current photo market and make new connections with industry leaders. 

    Palm Springs Photo Festival 2019
    “The part I enjoy most about the Palm Springs Photo Festival is that it gives me the opportunities to meet with a lot of great photographers of different genres,” shares Cindy Chiang, a 1-year Photography student at NYFA. “In addition to the portfolio review, which is helpful in itself, I’m inspired by different artist talks that enable me to think further about my own project.”

    This year our students met with Paris Chong, curator of the Leica Gallery Los Angeles; Emily Shornick who is the managing photo editor for InStyle.com; and Virginia Heckert, curator in the Department of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum, among others. 

    Palm Springs Photo Festival 2019“Palm Springs was a very enriching experience,” says Maria Antonella Moisello (1-year Photography). I’ve not only learned a lot about my own work, but I’ve also had the opportunity to share with my colleagues and network with really cool people.”

    In addition to portfolio reviews, our students attended a symposium on women photographers and were honored to attend this moving conversation. The speakers included Barbara Davidson, a three-time Pulitzer Prize- and Emmy award-winning photojournalist best known for her work on victims of gang violence in Los Angeles; artist Mona Kuhn’s whose work has been exhibited and/or included in the collections of The J. Paul Getty Museum, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Pérez Art Museum, and many more; and Melanie Pullen, a fine-art photographer whose work focuses on both social values and taboos while purposely taking aim at the media’s exploitation of sex, gender, and violence. 

    Other lectures were given by industry legends such as Stephen Wilkes, Jay Maisel, Nadav Kander, and Duane Michaels.

    “It’s incredible to get a chance to see so many legendary image makers speaking about their unique journey,” remarks Amanda Rowan, NYFA Photography instructor. “It’s a great way for our students to gain insight and perspective on there own creative journey.” 

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    May 22, 2019 • Film Festivals, Photography • Views: 382

  • 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: 531

  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Photography Instructor Joan Pamboukes Speaks at Artexpo New York

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    On Saturday, April 6, New York Film Academy (NYFA) Photography Instructor Joan Pamboukes gave a lecture at the Artexpo New York. The Artexpo was held from April 4 – 7 at Pier 90 on Manhattan’s West Side. Each year thousands of art industry insiders flock to Artexpo New York in search of art and artists that can influence trends in galleries worldwide.

    artexpo

    Pamboukes is an award-winning artist based in Astoria, Queens. Her artwork has been exhibited at venues including The Montclair Art Museum, Chashama UpTown, The Dumbo Arts Festival, and The Arts Council of Princeton. Honors for her work include the 2014 Sky Award, the 1999 Art and Literacy Award, and the 1999 Albert Munsell Media & Performing Arts Award.

    Pamboukes’s lecture was entitled Media Transections & Contemporary Photography Influences, and discussed her work, which explores projects that transect human interactivity with screens—including smartphones, television, and video games—as well as how the human experience is currently shaped by the dominance of advanced technology in modern society.

    On display was Pamboukes’s portfolios, featuring “images that flash before us, mingling with personal memories and emotions, and influencing our state of mind.” Visual artists, collectors, gallery owners, art dealers, and anyone else interested in statement art and fine art photography were invited to attend the presentation, held at the Education Pavilion. Pamboukes was introduced by New York Film Academy Chair of Photography David Mager.

    “Joan is not only an incredible professor, but an amazing artist as well,” Mager recently told NYFA. “Her work looking at today’s technology is sometimes sardonic, but always interesting and beautiful.” He added, “She often brings her artistic vision and approach into the classroom.”

    Later this year, Pamboukes will have work on display at the Open World: Video Games and Contemporary art exhibition, curated by Theresa Bembnister at the Akron Art Museum, exhibiting from October 2019 – February 2020. The show is expected to travel as well.

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    April 17, 2019 • Faculty Highlights, Photography • Views: 605

  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Photography Alumni Win & Place in International PHOTOgraphy Competition

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    Two New York Film Academy (NYFA) Photography Alumni were recently honored at the 2018 International PHOTOgraphy Competition, run by Latitude Life APS. Lotta Lemetti won in the Culture section of the contest, as well as the overall competition, while Nipun Nayyar placed second in the Nature/Architecture Category.

    Latitude Life APS is an International Think Tank based in Italy. According to its own mission statement, Latitude Life APS is the “first international operative think tank of the culture sector” and focuses on interests within art, culture, and scientific research.

    The second edition of their International PHOTOgraphy Competition received hundreds of submissions from across the world, including the US, Australia, Canada, Cuba, India, Japan, and Europe. The categories of the competition included Culture, Intimacy, Nature/Architecture, and Street Photography.

    Lotta Lemetti is from Finland and graduated NYFA’s 1-year Conservatory in Photography in New York City before enrolling in the BFA program at our Los Angeles campus, and won Best of the Best – Photographer of the Year for her contribution to the Culture category. She was awarded a Sony 4K camera for her efforts. Nipun Nayyar won second place in the Nature/Architecture section for his overview shot of the Gordon Dam in Tasmania.

    Lotta Lemetti

    The winners were announced March 30, 2019, while the awards ceremony will be held on April 25 at New York Film Academy’s New York City campus at Battery Park. The competition is co-sponsored by NYFA, as well as Sony, Fujifilm, Nikon, and others. The International Jurors  Committee includes NYFA-New York Chair of Photography David Mager, Professor Saul Robbins, Dr. Davide Andretta, and Professor A. Patron.

    The New York Film Academy congratulates Photography alum Lotta Lemetti on her win, as well as alum Nipun Nayya and everyone else who was honored in this year’s competition!

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    April 12, 2019 • Photography, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 699