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  • Award-Winning Photographer Ralph Gibson Holds Lecture at NYFA NYC

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    The words were simple, yet dramatically impactful: “We are all in the same boat, I have just been in it longer,” said the world renowned photographer Ralph Gibson this past Saturday at the New York Film Academy’s campus at Battery Place in New York City. The crowd eased back into their seats now relaxed and eager to listen to more.

    The New York Film Academy (NYFA) was delighted to host a sensational event featuring Mr. Gibson, who is the Chair of NYFA Department of Contemporary Photography. The renowned photographer provided an exhilarating presentation and demonstration to more than 160 guests; the NYFA photography studio was packed with prospective photography students, hobbyists, and professional photographers.

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    Mr. Gibson began by introducing himself and his background through an informal lecture and slide show that represented the last 50+ years of his illustrious career woven into six decades of contemporary fine art photography. At times the stories matching the iconic Gibson images were very personal, such as a photograph that he shot years after the death of his mother that led to a delayed mourning of her loss in a profound way.

    While in the US Navy, Mr. Gibson became immensely adept at the technical skills associated with photography by working (and practically living) in the darkroom located deep in the hull of the ship. After his service he attended the San Francisco Art Institute and soon after began working as an assistant to the legendary FSA photographer Dorothea Lange. Mr. Gibson printed many of Ms. Lange’s iconic photographs and admits that while she was a terrible technician it was “the sheer force of her will” that her masterful images immersed from the darkroom’s chemicals. He gives credit to Ms. Lange for teaching him the concept that every great photograph is made only if by having a “point of departure” and that it is always important to have a destination in mind. Early in his career he had the great opportunity to work with the great photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank, of whom he is a still friend with today. He met other luminaries in the world of photography such as Mary Ellen Mark, the legendary photographer who passed away this past May. Mr. Gibson and Ms. Mark arrived in New York City as young struggling artists around the same time.

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    Through Mr. Gibson’s photographs that were displayed on two large screens, we were taken on a visual walk through many distinct periods of his work, and exposed to the world through his life of travel with his ever-present 50mm lens. Of particular interest was the photographer’s transition from film to working digitally and more recently creating work combining still and video. After the lecture he provided a demonstration based on the theme of “natural light” where Mr. Gibson provided the audience with tips ranging from camera handling to how the body and light are captured in the frame of the picture. His lecture stressed his strong preference for the use of natural light in his work. In fact, he says he hardly ever uses artificial light. He proudly displayed the “Gibson Special Edition” camera that the Leica Company produced in his honor.

    Mr. Gibson challenged the participants to become immersed deeply in art, music, literature, history, and geography in order to become better visual thinkers. He said that everyone in the room is capable of creating a masterpiece, an icon photographic, but it must be intentional!

    Not only will Mr. Gibson be teaching Master Classes to NYFA’s Photography Programs in New York City, Los Angeles, and South Beach campuses, he will also open his New York studio to students on an individual basis.

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    It’s an honor and a pleasure for the New York Film Academy to introduce Mr. Gibson to our current and prospective students. His experience and pearls of wisdom are invaluable assets, and we look forward to a bright, naturally lit, future for our photography program!

    More About Ralph Gibson

    Mr. Gibson holds two Honorary Doctorate degrees and his awards include fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the Leica Medal of Excellence, the Lucie Lifetime Award and the Silver Plumb Award. He is a Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France, and this spring Gibson was honored with the Guild Hall Academy of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award. Later this year, the Mary Boone Gallery will host a retrospective exhibition of his work.

    NYFA’s BFA Photography degree program is offered at all three domestic campuses of New York Film Academy: New York, Los Angeles, and South Beach, Miami.

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    July 17, 2015 • Guest Speakers, Photography • Views: 7682

  • NYFA South Beach Open House with Ralph Gibson and Col. Jacobs

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    Ralph Gibson with editor of Nuestro Magazine, Alida Hernandez

    In a full room of prospective students, the New York Film Academy South Beach hosted an Open House with award-winning photographer Ralph Gibson and Medal of Honor recipient Colonel Jack Jacobs. Both Mr. Gibson and Colonel Jacobs have recently joined NYFA — Gibson as Chair of its Department of Contemporary Photography and Colonel Jacobs as Chair of Veteran’s Advancement Program.

    Mr. Gibson spoke intimately, offering his advice and beliefs on photography as an art form, as a career and as a philosophy on how it relates to society and culture. He commanded the room for two hours while taking questions from students who were looking for insight and opinions from the prolific Mr. Gibson. He also spoke candidly about trends in photography like the popularity of instagram and shooting from your iPhone. In his own charismatic way, Mr. Gibson provided a fresh prospective on the techniques and style that will last as long as still photography remains a popular form of expression.

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    Colonel Jacobs with Mr. Scoleri, Veterans Service Officer

    “It was great to have Mr. Gibson speak so candidly to prospective students about the world of photography and how our programs here at NYFA teach you in an immersive and practical environment — as oppose to the traditional, sit, listen and watch approach,” said NYFA Photography Enrollment Advisor, Evan Leone.

    Colonel Jacobs, who spoke one-on-one with prospective veteran students, emphasized his belief that military men and women are the most competent and hard-working individuals in society, and that hiring a veteran is not an act of charity, as many feel, but a benefit to the employer. Colonel Jacobs was able to provide each student with his own first-hand experience of transitioning from the military to a career in the media. This was Jacobs’ third NYFA campus visit, as he previously spoke at NYFA’s Los Angeles and New York City locations.

    Next on the Open House tour for Gibson are Los Angeles and New York City. Ralph Gibson will be conducting his special “Natural Light Portraits” Workshop at NYFA Los Angeles on June 20th from 1:00pm-2:30pm. Following that will be a New York Open House on July 11th at NYFA Battery Park, located at 17 Battery Place in Manhattan, from 12:00pm – 2:00pm.

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    June 9, 2015 • Academic Programs, Community Highlights • Views: 4919

  • New York Film Academy Photo Shoot at Bloomingdale’s Miami

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    The New York Film Academy South Beach Photography department, led by Photography Co-Chair Paul Sunday, held a “Movie Madness” event with Bloomingdale’s Miami in The Falls. The photography event created a movie-like atmosphere in the cosmetics department, giving ladies the opportunity to feel what it’s like to be prepped before a photo shoot. Many of the people we met were naturals and shined behind the camera!

    “I’ve collaborated with Bloomingdale’s many times over the years.  It’s always been fun and inspiring,” said Co-Chair of NYFA’s Photography Program, Paul Sunday. “The Hollywood makeup event at the Falls was no exception. The beauty team at Bloomies was stellar. They embodied what we teach our photography students; vision, style and professionalism are ingredients for success.”

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    Since 2013, the 10,000 square ft. South Beach location, with facilities on the second floor and in the Penthouse Suite of 420 Lincoln Road, has quickly become a desired home for aspiring photographers, actors and filmmakers to truly hone their craft in a hands-on learning environment.

    Catered to all levels of expertise, the NYFA South Beach Photography program offers short-term, long-term and degree programs. Each curriculum is designed to allow students to develop their own unique voice so that they can build a photography portfolio that is immediately recognizable as their own.

    If you’re interested in learning more about the New York Film Academy South Beach Photography School, visit https://miami.nyfa.edu/photography/.

    To view more photos from our event, please visit our Facebook Album by clicking here.

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    June 2, 2015 • Community Highlights, Photography, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 5895

  • NYFA South Beach Open House with Ralph Gibson & Col. Jacobs

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    This upcoming Saturday, May 30th, 2015 the New York Film Academy South Beach will be hosting an Open House with special guests: award-winning photographer Ralph Gibson, Medal of Honor recipient Colonel Jack Jacobs, as well as Director of Performing Arts Enrollment, Roger Del Pozo and NYFA South Beach Filmmaking Instructor, George E. Fernandez.

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    Ralph Gibson, who was recently appointed to Chair of the Department of Contemporary Photography at the New York Film Academy, is that rare artist who has touched the masters of the past half century—from the Beat Generation in San Francisco to the vigor of yesterday’s born-digital, cross-media creations. He began his professional career as an assistant to Dorothea Lange and, to date, has published over 40 photography monographs and his photographs are included in over 170 museum collections around the world. Gibson’s awards include fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the Leica Medal of Excellence, the Lucie Lifetime Award and the Silver Plumb Award.

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    photography by Ralph Gibson

    Colonel Jack Jacobs, the Chair of the New York Film Academy’s Veterans Advancement Program, served in the U.S. Military for more than 20 years and his gallantry in Vietnam earned him the Medal of Honor — the nation’s highest combat honor — two Silver Stars and three Bronze Stars. Colonel Jacobs is currently a military strategist and on-air analyst for NBC and MSNBC News.

    In addition to his work at NYFA, Roger Del Pozo has also been a casting director in New York for the last 12 years. In that time, he has cast over a thousand television commercials, as well as films, plays, voice overs, video games, music videos and industrials for many of the top Casting Companies and Advertising Agencies in New York. Some projects Mr. Del Pozo has cast include national campaigns for Apple, Microsoft, Dunkin’ Donuts, Sony, General Electric, AT&T, Fisher Price, Nickelodeon, Cheerios, Verizon, Ikea, Nintendo, Toyota, Mercedes and Heineken, just to name a few.

    G.E. Fernandez started out as a writer. His play, Vietnam Trilogy, was a major hit at the Veteran’s Theater in Los Angeles, winning the Drama-logue award of Best Actor for Richard Chavez. His first feature film, Cease Fire, starring Don Johnson, Lisa Blount, went on to become a critical success. Through the 1990’s he started to make entry into the Television World, by creating and producing the European TV Series Pilot Night Screams. Mr. Fernandez has now moved back to South Florida and has created Magic City Distribution & Production, a marketing and distribution company for Indie Films.

    The Open House is open to prospective students and members of the press. If you’re interested in attending or have questions, please email southbeach@nyfa.edu.

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    May 26, 2015 • Academic Programs, Community Highlights • Views: 4835

  • ‘X-Files’ Alumnus Paul Brown to Teach Workshop at NYFA South Beach

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    Paul BrownAfter a thirteen year hiatus, Fox has officially let fans know that the popular 90s TV show, The X-Files, will be returning for a brand new season. Series creator Chris Carter says the series will pick up right where it left off with stars Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny all on board to reprise their roles.

    The six-episode season is set to begin production this summer.

    In the meantime, X-Files alumnus Paul Brown will be teaching a workshop at the New York Film Academy’s South Beach campus.

    The Secret of Great Stories
    Workshop Featuring award-winning writer, director and producer, Paul Brown
    SATURDAY, APRIL 11th, 2015 at 12pm

    If you’re interested in attending the workshop, email southbeach@nyfa.edu

    Instructor Paul Brown is an award-winning writer, director and producer, having worked in film and television for over twenty-five years. He has produced over one-hundred television dramas, pilots, and movies, working on such series at The X-Files, Quantum Leap, The New Twilight Zone, Star Trek Voyager and Enterprise.  He has received nominations for three “Emmy Awards” and three “Golden Globes” as well as winning the “Edgar Award” from the Mystery Writers of America for Best TV Drama. He has also received the “Genesis Animal Rights Award.”

    He co-created Disney’s world-wide smash hit Camp Rock.  Most recently, he directed and co-wrote the dramatic feature film Heaven’s Rain in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest.

    As a teacher for the New York Film Academy, he also gives lectures on writing, acting, and filmmaking throughout the year in Latin America, Europe, and Russia.

     

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    March 25, 2015 • Community Highlights, Filmmaking, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 6652

  • NYFA Hosts Successful Open House in South Beach

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    The New York Film Academy hosted an Open House over the weekend at its new South Beach location in the Penthouse Suite of 420 Lincoln Road. The new facility, with ocean views all around, was filled to the brim with prospective students excited about studying Filmmaking, Acting, and Photography.

    “It was a terrific open house,” said NYFA Senior Director, David Klein. “We had a full crowd of interested people, many of whom have already enrolled in the programs, and we are looking forward to helping all of them achieve their goals.”

    NYFA’s hands-on programs in South Beach begin January 2014. If you have any questions about our new South Beach location, please email film@nyfa.edu or call 1-212-674-4300 or 1-800-611-3456.

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    November 4, 2013 • Film School • Views: 4548