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  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Photography Camp Alum Sydney Ciardi Wins Griffin Foundation Scholarship

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    Sydney Ciardi

    Sydney Ciardi, courtesy of Griffin Foundation website

    Sydney Ciardi, an alum of the New York Film Academy (NYFA) Photography Camp for Teens, has won a Griffin Foundation scholarship for her incredible work.

    The Arthur Griffin Foundation for Winchester provides scholarships for young visual artists with the mission to preserve and enhance the beauty of the Winchester, MA community. The Student Scholarship Award is an annual grant of $5000 that is presented to current Winchester students committed to and interested in the visual arts. 

    Sydney Ciardi attended NYFA’s Photography Camp for Teens in June 2018, after having attended NYFA’s 3-Week Filmmaking Camp for Teens a year prior. She attended both camps at NYFA’s summer location on the Harvard University campus. Ciardi won the scholarship over other entrants who, like her, had to submit a portfolio of work that represents both their creativity and experience. 

    Ciardi’s artist statement is available on the Griffin Scholarship webpage, and reads: “Throughout my life I have expressed myself through art, whether it be media or motion. I have always found it an effective way to share stories and interpret the world in which I live. Photography, film, and dance are important creative outlets for me: they let me articulate the sometimes elusive ideas in my mind and better understand those of others. Art has influenced the way I see life, the world, and the person I have become by allowing me to understand the way others interpret the world and giving me the opportunity to share my own interpretation of the world.”

    New York Film Academy congratulates NYFA Photography Camp alum Sydney Ciardi on her well-deserved Griffin Foundation scholarship and looks forward to her future work as a visual artist! 

    Sydney Ciardi

    Photography by Sydney Ciardi

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    October 15, 2019 • Photography, Student & Alumni Spotlights, Summer Camps • Views: 8

  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Photography Exhibit a Huge Success at This Year’s Photoville

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    This year’s Photoville was yet another huge hit, including the exhibit by the New York Film Academy (NYFA) Photography department. The annual photo festival held at Brooklyn Bridge Park took place from September 12 – 22. Produced by United Photo Industries, this is the festival’s eighth year.

    Photoville 2019

    The crowds were in full force this year, with over 100,000 visitors checking out the varied and beautiful work at Photoville. In addition to exhibits held in the fest’s trademark re-purposed shipping containers, the event included panels, walking tour guides, workshops, and delicious food from Smorgasburg and Brooklyn Roasting Company. Photoville also included an Education Day, participated by several artists, schools, and organizations. 

    The exhibit from the Photo Arts Conservatory at New York Film Academy (PAC at NYFA) was curated by NYFA Photography Chair David Mager and Joan Pamboukes, and featured works from NYFA students, alumni, and faculty. NYFA’s container exhibit was made up of art from FAYN, NYFA’s collaborative photography magazine. FAYN, produced by PAC at NYFA, is published three times per year, and features students, faculty, and alumni whose work explores contemporary concepts in art and culture.

    Photoville 2019

    “The turn out at Photoville this year was incredible, with lots of positive comments about the gallery,” says Mager. “One of the highlights was the guided walks provided by Photoville; we had around six artists on site to talk through their projects with the tour. It was an amazing experience.”

    New York Film Academy was thrilled to participate in another successful edition of Photoville and looks forward to another amazing fest next year!

    Photoville 2019

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    October 3, 2019 • Photography • Views: 359

  • New York Film Academy Photography Students Showcase Work at Photoville

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    Seventeen talented photographers from New York Film Academy (NYFA) will be showcasing their work at this year’s Photoville, the annual photo festival held at Brooklyn Bridge Park. The fest will take place from September 12 – 22.

    Photoville, produced by United Photo Industries, is currently in its eighth year, The free festival is built from over 65 re-repurposed shipping containers to create physical platforms from photographers of all kinds, providing them a unique opportunity to engage with a diverse audience in view of the city skyline and Brooklyn Bridge.

    Photography students studying at the Photo Arts Conservatory at New York Film Academy (PAC at NYFA) are immersed in the industry, and are encouraged to participate in the larger world of photography by attending showcases like Photoville. This year continues a tradition of PAC at NYFA has exhibiting work at the annual Brooklyn event.

    Photoville 2019

    The NYFA exhibit at Photoville is curated by David Mager and Joan Pamboukes, and features works from NYFA students, alumni, and faculty. On Saturday, September 14, Photoville is conducting a guided tour and visiting the NYFA container from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    NYFA’s container exhibit this year will be made up of art from FAYN, NYFA’s collaborative photography magazine. FAYN, produced by PAC at NYFA, is published three times per year, and features students, faculty, and alumni whose work explores contemporary concepts in art and culture.

    “It is incredibly exciting that NYFA will be represented again for the fourth year in a row at Photoville NYC,” says David Mager, NYFA Chair of Photography. “This year’s show pulls work from an amazingly diverse group of artists–spanning ideas of race, deconstruction, collage, fashion, and sexuality.”

    Among those featured at this year’s Photoville is NYFA alum EnLin Qing. Having attended NYFA’s Photography and Fashion Photography workshops, Qing is a dancer and psychologist, as well as a photographer. Qing prides himself on his creative process and his ability to draw inspiration from both his environment and through his dance and psychology studies. 

    Here is the complete list of PAC at NYFA photographers featured at this year’s Photoville festival: Kevin Abangu, Um Kulthoom Alnasri, Angel Chestnut, Juan Sebastián Echeverri, Arthur Hylton, Lotta Lemetti, Jackie Neale, Oluwasegun Oladele-Ajose, EnLin Qing, Mariangela Quiroga-Castillo, Amanda Rowan, Natasha Rudenko, Jennifer Siemsen, Maddie Smith, Katerina Stratos, Edolia Stroud, Tanne Willow

    You can check out the photographs being exhibited by PAC at NYFA here, and we encourage everyone to see them in person this September at Photoville!

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    September 12, 2019 • Photography • Views: 305

  • Photography Tory Rust Gives Guest Lecture at New York Film Academy (NYFA)

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    On July 16, New York Film Academy (NYFA) welcomed Brooklyn-based photographer and director Tory Rust for a guest lecture at the New York campus. Raised in Fargo, North Dakota, Rust currently works with major brands and publications to create bold images and videos for campaigns and editorials, and considers her work to be accurate representations of her obsession with saturated colors, high energy, and junk food.

    Speaking to NYFA students from multiple disciplines, Rust shared stories of her experiences working as a photographer and director for global beauty, fashion, and lifestyle brands and magazines. She offered an inside look at some of her recent photography and video projects, including a NYLON Magazine digital cover, GLAMSQUAD product launch, BUSTLE x Calvin Klein branded content, and an in-depth DJ shoot at this year’s Coachella music festival.

    When touching upon her experiences, Rust lent an air of relatability to the lecture, with her bubbly personality shining through as she explored her work and offered advice on standing out and finding success as a photographer in New York City. 

    Tory Rust

    She noted that stepping out of her comfort zone is still a challenge, but that “it’s all growing pains,” and that it’s particularly challenging when there are multiple clients on one set. A self-proclaimed “hype person,” Rust shared that one of the most important parts of her job is bringing creativity and energy on set with her, as this energy has a direct impact on the clients and cast of the day.

    Rust also addressed how having an agent has impacted her career, observing that it changed her overall workflow, as her agency (Apostrophe) handles job estimates, offers guidanceon rates, and takes care of the majority of her promotions with ad agencies, brands, editorial houses, producers and more. When asked how she decides whether or not to take a certain job presented to her, Rust offered, “It has to check two out of my three requirements: it’s something that I genuinely want to do creatively, it’s good money, or I like the people.” As a follow-up, she cheekily advised, “Find the balance between paying to live and keeping your sanity.”

    A strong advocate of being persistent in the pursuit of projects that inspire you, she advised students to convert emails and direct messages to face time as quickly as possible, and to never stop reaching out. As a final thought, she touched on identifying and creating a personal brand: “Keep your brand tight. Show your personality, but mostly show your work, and make sure it’s what you want to do.”

    New York Film Academy thanks photographer and director Tory Rust for sharing her experiences and vibrant portfolio, and wishes her the best as she continues to find success in shooting creative projects that inspire her and those around her.

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    August 1, 2019 • Guest Speakers, Photography • Views: 172

  • 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 she 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: 590

  • 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: 546

  • 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: 579

  • 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: 567

  • 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: 745

  • 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: 559