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  • PDN Magazine Cover Features New York Film Academy (NYFA) Photography Alum Jon Henry

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    The work of New York Film Academy (NYFA) Photography school alum Jon Henry was recently featured on the cover of PDN Magazine, along with a feature profile of Henry included in the issue. PDN (Photo District News) Magazine is a monthly publication for professional photographers and was founded in 1980 by Carl S. Pugh.

    Henry enrolled in the 1-year Conservatory at New York Film Academy’s Photography school in Fall 2010. NYFA’s esteemed Photography department has previously hosted PDN’s 30 2018: Strategies for Launching and Building a Career.

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    Henry is an incredibly talented photographer who has found success since graduating NYFA. His work was previously featured on the cover of Jungle magazine.

    His project Stranger Fruit is featured in the January 2019 issue of PDN. In the piece by PDN writer Dzana Tsomondo, Henry’s photos are described in great detail along with the cultural context that shaped them. Stranger Fruit uses the iconography of the pietà—the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ—in response to the numerous murders of unarmed black men by police officers.

    The images are centered on black mothers photographed with their children. The first photo Henry created, for Stranger Fruit, Untitled #10 Flushing, NY, directly references the pietà, which was perhaps most famously captured in a sculpture by Michelangelo. “When I started the project,” Henry tells PDN in the article, “I wanted something that was as close to the original as I could, but [to] still make it mine.”

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    Untitled #19 Magnificent Mile, IL by Jon Henry

    Henry was born and raised in Flushing, Queens. After Sean Bell was killed in Jamaica, Queens in 2008, Henry was inspired to make something in response, but it wasn’t until 2014 that Henry photographed Untitled #10. That year, and in the years before and since, several additional high-profile cases of unarmed black men being killed by police have shook the nation. 

    Strange Fruit was shown at BRIC House in Brooklyn, NY and New Image Gallery at James Madison University in Virginia, and this month is showing at Drury University in Missouri in March. For further detail on Henry’s work and efforts, we encourage everyone to check out his profile in PDN Magazine.

    The New York Film Academy congratulates Photography alum Jon Henry on the latest showcase of his important and visually arresting work! 

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    March 8, 2019 • Photography, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 495

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

    Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailOn 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: 371

  • Photography Guest Speaker Jen Davis: Body Image, Intimacy, Self Identity

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    Photography Guest Speaker Jen Davis

    Jen Davis, a photographer renowned for her intimate self-portraits, was our guest lecturer last Friday, February 20th at the Battery Place campus.

    Photography students were taken through Davis’ 11 year journey of honest self-portraits dealing with issues regarding personal growth, self identity, body image, love, intimacy and self acceptance. The journey was not just personal, it also gave students great insight into her technical photographic development.

    “Mapping the trajectory of her career and showing her most recent work, she gave us a completely uninhibited view of her working methods and her approach to personal discovery through photography.  It was an inspiring afternoon in the presence of a provocative contemporary artist.” Paul Sunday, New York Film Academy’s Co-Chair Photography Department summed up the afternoon.

    During her early years at Columbia College Chicago, completing her BFA in Photography, she began experimenting with natural light. “Light became very seductive to me,” Davis explains. “The light guided the photography” and with her transition from a 4×5 to medium format, she felt this allowed her to learn “about how the frame works in a different way.”

    All of her of work developed from her interest in women, the body and how it “related to me.” She began studying her own body as her interest in flesh and skin became her main focus. Her first image with herself as the subject (or “object” as she describes it), was taken at the beach. As this specific image was projected on a white screen in front of a lecture room of students, she explains that she never expected to share this photo as it was done purely for herself.

    Once she began her MFA at Yale University, she began to explore men as her subjects, capturing “masculinity and vulnerability” while also “using photography to gain access” to forms of intimacy with her male subjects. As Davis presented her work to the students, it became clearer that she, in fact, used her photography to guide her though her personal growth. “[Photography] was a vehicle to experience that,” she said when referring to her introduction to love and intimacy.

    As the talk came close to an end, a Q&A session left the audience with these wise words: “Don’t worry about putting yourself against what has already been done, because everything has already been done.” Just don’t put walls and limitations on yourself. She recommends “putting tape over your digital SLR.” Stop judging your work and “just shoot, shoot, shoot!”Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

    February 27, 2015 • Guest Speakers, Photography, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 5006

  • Instagram Contest: Submit Your Photos, Gain Exposure!

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    If you’re addicted to Instagram like the rest of us, then we have the perfect contest for you! The New York Film Academy will be hand picking the best photos and posting the winners on NYFA’s Instagram and Facebook page, providing major exposure to aspiring photographers. Plus, winners will receive a New York Film Academy T-shirt in the mail! So, put your creativity to good use and start snapping away.

    Entries should be sent to marketing@nyfa.edu. Please include your name, address, and any information about the photo in the email.

    We look forward to seeing your work and don’t forget to follow us on INSTAGRAM!

     

    Photos submitted may be used exclusively by NYFA with photographer credit

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    October 2, 2013 • Community Highlights • Views: 5761

  • Student Photography Exhibition Begins at Ed Freeman Gallery

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    Last Friday night, students from the January 2013 One Year Photography program celebrated their graduation with a final exhibition at the Ed Freeman Gallery in Los Angeles’ Chinatown. Students, Joseph Bornilla, Nicole Campbell, Luc-Richard Elie, Liam Hayes and Aanchal Kalra, were joined by family and friends as they showcased their work in one of LA’s most dynamic gallery areas.

    The exhibition is open through September 15. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Sunday, 1pm – 6pm. There will also be a closing reception on Saturday, September 14, 7pm – 10pm, with other galleries open on Chung King Road. The students will once again be in attendance and available to discuss their work.

    The address is Ed Freeman Gallery, 945 Chung King Road, LA, 90012.

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    September 6, 2013 • Photography, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 4146