Student Interns for Gowanus Darkroom

Gowanus Darkroom is searching for interns interested in the Darkroom Monitors Program!


Gowanus Darkroom is a non profit organization focused around analog photography.  Our facilities host a group darkroom for rent, film processing space, and film scanner, as well as many classes and workshops.  Feel free to browse our website (  Our volunteers learn how to run and manage a space such as this one, and become a part of a large community of passionate photographers and artists.  Our volunteers are welcome to use our facilities free of charge in exchange for their services!

For more information contact:

Founder Gowanus Darkroom
718 788 1751 (W)
310 291 9415 (C)

Alumna Elena Montemurro (BFA Photo ’13) Featured in i-D magazine


BFA Photography graduate Elena Montemurro was recently featured by i-D magazine for her coming-of-age photo series. You can see her feature here and visit her website here.

Freelance Photography Opportunity

Thuzio is looking for a student to photograph their bi-monthly events. The events last about 2-3 hours and often feature up-and-coming celebrities and professional athletes.

About Thuzio

Thuzio provides businesses and professionals with an all access pass to celebrity talent and influencers through a comprehensive online platform, talent procurement services and event series.

If you’re interested, please contact Adaline Fulton at


Megan Paetzhold (BFA Photo ’16) Exhibits at The Aperture Foundation in “Photography is Magic”




Aperture Summer Open is an annual open-submission exhibition at Aperture Foundation’s gallery that features a wide variety of work drawn from members of our photographic community. Selected annually by a prominent curator or editor, the exhibition seeks to reveal and report on critical themes and trends driving international contemporary photographic practice. The exhibition opens the doors of the Foundation to all photographers, both well- and lesser-known, as it fosters and promotes new ideas and talent.


Paetzhold will be exhibiting work from her series Studies in: Ambylopia

Show Opening:

Thursday July 14th, 6-8pm at the Aperture Foundation

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Megan Paetzhold

Ryan James Caruthers (BFA Photo ’16) Featured in Huffington Post Arts



“Photographer Ryan James Caruthers’ self-portrait of himself in a wrestling uniform is a stark departure from that norm. His shape is long and skinny, pale and delicate. His eyes are shut, his arms raised, his face resting somewhere between exhaustion and ecstasy. Blood drips from his nostril like a violent omen. In this striking photograph, Caruthers’ expression resembles that of St. Theresa more than the traditional classical Greek sculptures used to embody athletic masculinity. ”

Queer Photographer Revisits Traumatic High School Sports Tryouts In Stunning Series

Jess Richmond (BFA Photo ’16) Wins Grand Prize in PDN 2016 Edition of The Curator


The Curator

“The Madness of Many” is a self-portrait series by Jess Richmond depicting her and her imagined twin sister, Connie. Each image is an illusion that is constructed in-camera, toying with spatial relationships, familial relationships and the picture plane.

Adrian Lam, BFA Photo Alumni, Helps Launch New High End Lifestyle Site, RealClearLife

RealClearLife is a guide to a life well lived. As the men’s lifestyle affiliate of RealClearPolitics, RealClearLife curates and creates the world’s most striking images and ideas, commissions top new content, and keeps our audience connected to the best of the world around them.

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Jeanine Oleson, Associate Director of MFA Photo, Awarded MacDowell Fellowship


Jeanine Oleson, Associate Director of MFA Photo/Asst. Professor of Photography has been awarded a MacDowell Fellowship for Spring 2016. As a MacDowell fellow, Oleson will complete a residency at MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire, the oldest and most established artist colony in the nation. She will be working on an upcoming project for the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.

Photography Opportunities with Coverd Photo



Coverd Photos has jobs for motivated, talented photographers.  Our website describes who we are and what we do, but our model is simple – we believe that by making professional photography both easy to access and affordable, people will reimagine the way they think about and use it. We charge $200 for the first hour of photography and $100 each additional hour.  We split that 50/50 with our photographers.  We have a wide range of event types from youth sports to bar and bat mitzvahs and even some weddings. We are a far more reasonable option than most pros.

Whether undergrads, masters program students, or graduates, please if interested.

The Pulitzer Prize Photographers, May 10


Photo Credit: Robert H. Jackson

The Pulitzer Prize Photographers
Tuesday, May 10 at 7:00 PM
Parsons School of Design, New York
Register here

In recognition of the Pulitzer Centennial, The Eddie Adams Workshop and Parsons School of Design, present an evening of Pulitzer images throughout the decades with:

Robert H. Jackson “Oswald Shot, Live to the World” 1964
John Filo “Death on Campus” 1971
John White “One Man’s Chicago” 1982
Martha Rial “Trek of Tears” 1988
Carolyn Cole “Monrovia Under Siege” 2004
Daniel Berehulak “Ebola: A Plague’s Horror” 2015

Plus a conversation with Pulitzer recipients and Eddie Adams Workshop alumni: John Moore, Adrees Latif, Ruth Fremson and Tim Rasmussen

Moderated by: Santiago Lyon, VP for Photography, Associated Press and Hal Buell, former Photo Director, Associated Press
Sponsorship is provided by Nikon, Inc. and B&H Photo
The program is organized by the Eddie Adams Workshop in collaboration and partnership with Parsons School of Design at The New School. Supporters include the Associated Press, Hal Buell Associates with encouragement from The Pulitzer Centennial Committee

Fall 2016 Elective: Sex Ed

Sex Ed 
PSAM 3091

Fall 2016, Day: Thursday, Time: 3:50-6:30

Through a series of collective and individual assignments, Sex Ed will engage students as collaborators in developing arts-based sex education content for use online, in classrooms, and out in the world. We will be working in concert with the youth advocates and staff of Planned Parenthood New York (PPNY). Street campaigns, videos, role-playing exercises, performances and games will all be explored as proposals for new ways of thinking and re-thinking sex education. Students will explore: the history of sex education in the US, the role of artists and activists in raising awareness of social issues related to sex and sex education, and creative ways to encourage and engage public participation and consciousness. Students will also be exposed to the planning, development, and documentation methods necessary to create successful curricula, tools, and public programming, as well as participating in public art projects that engage the public around social issues. Find out more about our work at
*This course counts towards the Social Practice and Gender Studies minors.

Photo Faculty Matthew Jensen Named Guggenheim Fellow


Matthew Jensen, Part-Time Lecturer at Parsons, has been named as Guggenheim Fellow in Photography for 2016. Jensen has taught in the Photography program at Parsons since 2012.

The Guggenheim Foundation’s announcement gives a comprehensive history of Jensen’s work and background:

Artist Matthew Jensen’s multi-disciplinary practice combines walking, collecting and rigorous site-specific explorations of landscapes. His projects strive to connect people to places by expanding the traditions of landscape photography to include a range of mediums and actions. Each body of work develops from time spent in publicly accessible landscapes or by examining the way different technologies transform this experience.

Walking and participation have been central to a number of Jensen’s recent projects. Walking Flatbush, is an artist-map and poster created and distributed in conjunction with Crossing Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Museum (2014). A Walker’s Guide to Chadds Ford, also an artist-map and poster, was the centerpiece of Jensen’s solo exhibition at the Brandywine River Museum of Art in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania (2014). Both maps combine found objects, native plants, historical research, and anecdotes with logistical information. Jensen combined community participation, walking, history, and collecting in his exhibition The Wilmington Center for the Study of Local Landscape at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts (2013). The final installation provided an outlet for the work created by participants and also featured discoveries made by Jensen throughout the Wilmington park system. One series of photographs titled, Tree Love, documented the tree carvings and arborglyphs found in abundance along the Brandywine River. The age-old tradition was revealed to be a century-old subculture with thousands of carvings hiding off-trail on nearly every beech tree; a marriage proposal, poems, vulgarities, insults, countless hearts, and portraits dating as far back as 1903. Jensen designed and led artist walks in conjunction with the aforementioned exhibitions as well as for Storm King Art Center, the Municipal Arts Society, City as Living Laboratory, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Third Streaming and Elastic City.

New York City landscapes have been the subject of many of Jensen’s photographic and collection-based projects. The ongoing project Park Artifactshas been presented in various iterations in solo exhibitions on Governors Island (2010), at Wave Hill (2012), at the Queens Museum during his ArtBuilt Mobile Studio residency (2015), and in Brooklyn Bridge Park (2016). The collection contains over 6,000 artifacts found in plain sight during walks through parks. Historical objects like a Spanish Real from 1746, flint arrowheads, clay pipes, and trading beads mix together with objects as familiar as fishing lures and plastic toys. Ian Frazier, writing for the New Yorker, described the wandering process in an article titled Lost and Found (23 July 2012).

Light and landscape combine as metaphor in numerous works by Jensen. In 2009 the Metropolitan Museum of Art acquired his photographic seriesThe 49 States and exhibited it in After Photoshop: Manipulated Photography in the Digital Age (2012). The photographs were derived from months of exploring small towns in the early days of Google Streetview. The series is also in the collection of the National Gallery of Art where it was also exhibited (2016). Other works like The Sun Returning, 14 Hour Sunset and Rainbow Around the Sun were exhibited together at Yancey Richardson Gallery as part of Jensen’s solo show Feels Like Real (2015).

Matthew Jensen received his B.A. in political science and fine arts from Rice University in 2002. He worked on a number of national, state, and city grassroots political campaigns prior to receiving his M.F.A from the University of Connecticut in photography and sculpture in 2008. He is a MacDowell Fellow and has participated in residencies at the Queens Museum, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Wave Hill and Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. Jensen has been a part-time lecturer of photography and studio art at Parsons/The New School since 2012. He has also taught at SUNY Purchase, George Washington University and the University of Connecticut.

Photography Lecture: Paul Hill

April 12, 12.10-2.50PM
Wollman Hall, 65 W 11th St, New York, New York
This event is open to all students and faculty.

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On April 12th, British photographers Maria Falconer and Paul Hill, renowned author and educator will be presenting two projects. The first, Anon, came about when they both decided to volunteer in the refugee camps on the Greek Island of Lesvos and on the border of Greece and Macedonia. The title and their photographs reflect the anonymity and depersonalization of refugees who have had to flee their countries in the Middle East and North Africa to stay alive, literally, economically, and psychologically.

The other project, titled Empty Fantasies, looks at the remains of empty photographic sets. Fantasy and illusion have always gone hand in glove in photography since its inception in 1839. Photographers have created sets in their studios and even in today’s Photoshop world, man made sets of illusion are still in photographers’ studios, because the physical nature of these spaces are still essential in the world of glamour photography in particular.

When empty, these sets seem strange and eerie, even surreal. What slices of reality are they mimicking – and for what purpose are they used? The photographs of Falconer and Hill hint at their purpose, and combined with the quotes of the users, (photographers and models) record another reality. The tension between those words and their photographs only serves to reflect how important fantasies are to our lives and how parallel universes are more tolerable than the ones we live in.

Parsons Alumni and Faculty to Exhibit in Queens International Exhibition


Sylvia Hardy (MFA Photography ’12), Magali Duzant (MFA Photography ’14) and Shadi Harouni (Faculty in Fine Arts) Exhibiting in Queens International 2016, the Queens Museum’s biannual exhibition of artists living or working in Queens, NY. The show highlights and contextualizes the artistic vibrancy of the borough through cultural productions in all media. The seventh iteration looks to the idea of thresholds and the way spaces for transition, contact, and exchange operate. These notions of borders and acts of border-crossing are also characterized by collaborations with Trans-Pecos, an alternative music venue, and Ayham Ghraowi, designer and creative director for the exhibition’s multi-outlet publishing platform.

The Opening Reception is taking place on April 10, 4PM – 8PM

Queens International 2016 is organized by guest curator Lindsey Berfond and Queens Museum Director of Exhibitions Hitomi Iwasaki.

Manal Abu-Shaheen
Vahap Avşar
Jesus Benavente and Felipe Castelblanco
Brian Caverly
Kerry Downey
Magali Duzant
Golnaz Esmaili
Mohammed Fayaz
Kate Gilmore
Jonah Groeneboer
Bang Geul Han and Minna Pöllänen
Dave Hardy
Sylvia Hardy
Shadi Harouni
Janks Archive
Robin Kang
Kristin Lucas
Carl Marin
Eileen Maxson
Melanie McLain
Shane Mecklenburger
Lawrence Mesich
Freya Powell
Xiaoshi Vivian Vivian Qin
Alan Ruiz
Samita Sinha and Brian Chase
Barb Smith
Monika Sziladi
Alina Tenser
Trans-Pecos (with 8 Ball Community, ESP TV, and Chillin Island)
Mark Tribe
Sam Vernon
Max Warsh
Jennifer Williams

Kambui Olujimi (BFA Photo ’02) Exhibits Solastalgia at CUE Art Foundation


Curated by Hank Willis Thomas
CUE Art Foundation
137 W 25th St, New York, NY 10001
Opening: April 7, 2016, 6-8 PM
On view from April 7-May 12

Kambui Olujimi presents the opening of Solastalgia at the CUE Art Foundation. The exhibition includes large-scale sculptures, silkscreens, and paintings. The works in the show reside at the intersection of numerous issues of current concern to me: the condition of New York City and the nation including gentrification, police killings (both by and of the police), as well as the challenges of commemoration and loss.

The term solastalgia was coined by Australian philosopher Glenn Albrecht in 2003. Essentially it is the feeling of homesickness when one is still home. “Solastalgia is when your endemic sense of place is being violated,” Albrecht describes. Though the term originally references the psychological displacement of farmers due to climate change, I use it as a lens to examine the psychological dynamics tied to the rapidly changing five boroughs.

BFA Photo Faculty and Program Director Colin Stearns’ Book “Meridian” Reviewed in Photo Eye


“If all photographs are afterimages — traces and disclosures of an ever-changing world — what is gained by foregrounding this fact? Always previous and elsewhere, images reveal people we’ve known, know or may never meet, as well as places we’ve been or may never visit. They linger, reinforce or displace memories, and come back in unexpected ways. A personal reflection on the vagaries of photographic vision, Colin Stearns’ self-described photo-novel Meridian gathers three years of peripatetic images taken in France and New York City. Modest and unassuming, the images follow the life of a young man on the move with a camera. Alone and restless, he gazes at the world from a distance and moves through a landscape of foreign cities, parks and wilderness, and the confines of anonymous hotel rooms and flats. Less romantic autobiography and more philosophical missive, Meridian points to a past that is slipping away and yet held still in mute images. ” – Adam Bell


Visit Photo Eye to read the full review

Internship with Software Studios

Software Studios in Brooklyn specializes large format photo printing and more experimental digital fabric printing processes. We work primarily with artists and designers looking to produce photographs, installations, sculptures and custom textiles.We are very interested in working with the accredited internship program at Parsons to find students to intern with us.
At our studio we will train students to operate our state of the art digital printers, they will have the opportunity to learn how to use highly specialized equipment and run their own prints for personal projects. We are looking for attentive students who are adept in Adobe Suites and interested in photo, printing, or design.
Portfolio and installation work:

BFACD Faculty Highlight: Tamara Maletic

Tamara Maletic began graphic design studio Linked by Air with partner Dan Michaelson in 2005. Linked by Air specializes in the creation of design systems and technological platforms that grow with institutions. Since 2005, they’ve worked with major cultural and educational organizations, charities, artists, architects, and corporations. The studio sometimes describes its expertise as the “production of public space,” whether in the world or online. Its interest is in creating systems that work for all their constituents, and that show their health by evolving successfully over time. Along with co-creating Linked by Air, Tamara teaches Core Typography in the Communication Design department. You can learn more about Linked by Air’s work on their website, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.


Eleven different computer programs in Prada’s New York store transformed and twisted customers’ images in beautiful and fun ways as they moved past. As a vendor to 2×4.


The new identity for Columbia Books on Architecture and the City is a permanent placeholder whose aspect ratio always shifts to match the aspect ratio of the object it’s imprinted upon. The cover of the catalog displays many versions of the mark, corresponding to the different sizes of the books in the catalog.


The Away With Words app is award-winning cinematographer Christopher Doyle’s celebration of how words and images collide to form new, often ironic associations. Users are encouraged to make their own associations with Chris’s street photographs, by attaching new words and images to existing ones.


Kambui Olujimi (BFA Photo ’02) Exhibits At CUE Art Foundation and the NADA Art Fair


Opening April 7, 2016, Kambui Olujimi presents, Solastalgia, a solo show with the CUE Art Foundation. The exhibition includes large-scale sculptures, silkscreens, and paintings. The works in the show reside at the intersection of numerous issues of current concern to me: the condition of New York City and the nation including gentrification, police killings (both by and of the police), as well as the challenges of commemoration and loss.

The term solastalgia was coined by Australian philosopher Glenn Albrecht in 2003. Essentially it is the feeling of homesickness when one is still home. “Solastalgia is when your endemic sense of place is being violated,” Albrecht describes. Though the term originally references the psychological displacement of farmers due to climate change, I use it as a lens to examine the psychological dynamics tied to the rapidly changing five boroughs.


Olujimi will also exhibit with collaborator Camilo Alvarex and Samson Projects for the NADA Art Fair in May and September at the Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco.

Submit Your Imagery for a Chance to Exhibit at the Hermitage Museum


Interpretations: Monumental Public Space & The Human

This exhibition will address the function of monumental contemporary and historical New York City based public spaces including museums, monuments, educational institutions, train stations, and other institutional locations. Image makers are asked to focus on aspects of scale, function, intimacy, ideas of public ownership, and the emotional and physical effect these architectural spaces may have on the humans that engage them.


Submission details: Submissions are open to all New School Students.

  • Photographs must be submitted as 72 dpi jpgs at 14 inches in the longest  side.
  • If your image is chosen you will need to submit a 300dpi jpg at 28 inches on the longest side. We will be printing the final images.
  • Videos need to be 1:00 to 3:00 long. All music needs to either be in the public domain or rights released.
  • Only photographs and video will be accepted for consideration.


Submissions are due by 10pm, Saturday, March 19th, 2016

15 photographers and a selection of videos will be included in the exhibition.  Selected artists will receive an email notifying them of their acceptance on or before March 28th, 2016.

Please email or wetransfer your submissions to Thomas Werner at: Be sure to place Hermitage Submission in the subject line for your work to be considered.

Communication Arts 2016 Photo Competition

Enter the most prestigious competition for creativity in photography, the Communication Arts Photography Competition. Any photograph first published or produced from March 2015 through March 2016 is eligible. Selected by a nationally representative jury of distinguished designers, art directors and photographers, the winning entries will be distributed worldwide in the Communication Arts Photography Annual, in print and digital editions, and on, assuring important exposure to the creators of this outstanding work. As a service to art directors, designers and art buyers, a comprehensive index will carry contact information of the photographers represented.

Each winning entrant will receive a personalized Award of Excellence, milled from solid aluminum, and award certificates issued for firms, individuals and clients.

CA’s Award of Excellence is one of the most-coveted awards in the industry. If chosen, winning places you in the highest ranks of your profession.



BFA Photo Senior Pin-Up




Friday, March 11, 5PM – 7PM

66 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor

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Parsons BFA Photography Seniors will be pinning up their thesis work in progress. It’s a chance for them to see one another’s work, and receive feedback as they move forward in their final thesis year.


Take A Break From Midterms: Spring Breakers Bash! Wednesday, March 9

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Peer Mentors / Spring Breakers Bash!

Who: Parsons First Years, AMT Undergrad Sophs and Juniors!

Join us for

Tacos + Treats 

Button Making + Tie Dye

Wednesday – March 9th 3 – 4pm

University Center, 63 Fifth Ave. 

Star Foundation Room

UL 102

Mark Woodward & Megan Paetzhold (BFA Photo) Discuss Transgender Transition and Gender Fluidity In “Lia” Photo Series

On Friday, March 4, 2016 BFA Photography seniors Mark Woodward (MW) and Megan Paetzhold (MP) will debut “Lia” at the No.4 Studio in Brooklyn, NY. The series depicts the transgender transition of Antonio Romero to Angelita, who goes by Lia for short. The exhibit, which was curated by Paetzhold and photographed by Woodward over a four-year period, will feature 30 prints documenting Lia’s journey through addressing the topics of transgender transitions and gender fluidity. The exhibit will show from March 4-6th.

By Terricka Johnson (TJ)

Mark Woodward and Megan Paetzhold, Photo by Nick Bridges

Mark Woodward and Megan Paetzhold, Photo by Nick Bridges

TJ: So, what made you want to do this project? How did you meet Lia?

MW: We were both freshmen at the New School. I knew Lia as Antonio for the first 3 months of our friendship and over the winter break when she publicly started her transition, I was captivated by that primarily from a photography standpoint. Those first few images were a really complex duality between really vulnerable and scared but also having this sort of confidence suddenly emerge.

It really interested me on a personal level and I think throughout the whole four years that’s been my ethos. It’s not so much a transgender transition. This story is more of just Lia becoming herself.

TJ: What was her reaction? Did you approach her or was it a mutual thing?

MW: She knew me as a portraiture photographer back then and I approached her wanting to shoot in the studio. Those first few images were really… I couldn’t put my finger on it – what was happening, but I knew something was happening. I was going to slowly work up the courage to ask,  but she actually asked me. I think for a lot of people transitioning, they almost don’t want these moments of difficulty remembered, but what’s amazing about Lia is she’s seeing her story as very honest and wants it to be almost educational.

TJ: The first day you all shot, after you walked away from it, what was your initial thought from that day?

MW: It’s tricky because I wish I did, like I do now: sit down in a coffee shop with my Moleskin journal and document my emotions, but I was like 18 or 19 then, so I didn’t think it would be a big project. I simply thought it might have been a couple of shoots. I just remember feeling very intrigued. Those first few images were quite androgynous.

I think when you start shooting with someone the first time, at least for me, I think I always second guess “Oh, how is our dynamic? What’s our friendship like? Do those picture show that? Do they show attention?” So I think I was thinking more after those shoot “Oh, I hope I made her feel comfortable” as opposed to “Let’s critique the images”.

TJ: You’ve been shooting Lia for how many years now?

MW: 4 and a half years.

TJ: Over that, what kind of growth have you seen in her and the way that she sees herself now?

MW: Of course the physical changes were something, which is important to show but I think the images I wanted to show from her growth as a woman weren’t so much as purely glorifying and celebrating. I wanted to show the reality of it. Even when I knew her as Antonio, I remember Antonio being quite introverted, quite guarded whereas now I think there’s just this real inner confidence because she’s wearing her heart on her sleeve.

There are a lot of people who have transitioned or are transitioning or about to transition who I think really fight demons of “Do I go for it or do I continue this performance of someone I’m not?” It’s just so brave. I work with a lot of people in the military too and yes that’s brave and rightly so that gets the amount of media it does for people who’ve served in combat or any armed forces, but I don’t think people realize that bravery is not just a physical strength. That’s a huge point I’ve learned from this. How brave it is to be vulnerable.


Lia, Photo by Mark Woodward

TJ: When you stepped into this journey what were your initial thoughts on joining everything?

MP: Well, I’ve known the project for a while. I knew Lia when she was Antonio. Mark asked me a couple of months ago.

MW: Probably January

MP: January. He brought the idea forward of me curating because we’ve worked together in the past. I was just very honored because I know how important the project is between the two of them. And I liked the challenge of presenting this story in a way that more interesting than just A to B and focusing on the physical.

It’s not about once the surgery is done: “You’re a woman”. I wanted to focus on that inner transition and go a little bit out of the linear idea of it and make it a more nuanced representation of what you expect the story to be: Beginning, Androgyny, Surgery. Making it more complex.

TJ: Did you ever reach a hard point or have to have any kind of breakthrough?

MP: You mean editing?

TJ: Throughout the whole process, between the both of you?

MP: I think last Saturday? We had a good, long 6-hour working session. Because there’s a lot of images. Which is good—

MW: It’s an archive!

MP: It’s quite the archive. When shooting for 4 and a half years you would expect that. So going from a couple of hundred images, getting it down to 30. Trying to pick the best images to tell that story is a process and it’s hard but, once you get to that point where it makes sense and there’s nothing you want to change, that’s a really good feeling.

MW: It was something for me. I was in the project too much. I think I easy to pretend with the idea that you can be emotionally removed from things, but I think that’s total BS. If you’re going to shoot intimate pictures, if you’re going to have someone drop their guard for you, you’re going to get emotionally attached and I think that’s a good thing. I don’t think that’s a bad thing.

Where she (Megan) curates, she gives you enough to understand but she makes it a much more personal reaction and I think that’s the mission objective with this show. We want people to have their own personal reaction to Lia’s transition. I don’t want people to see and just understand “Ok. This was January. This was February. This was March.”

MP: My goal whenever I’m sequencing and editing is to leave enough ambiguity for the viewer to sort of put themselves in it. And this was a really good project for that. And I think that cutting it down to it’s simplest bones to tell the story but giving you enough to grab on to makes it stronger.

MW: Yeah it was tough. This project’s been my darling.

MP: We had to kill a few photos.

MW: I think I’ve gone into from the start as it’s a friendship. Like it’s never been like “the project”. It’s always been that Lia’s a close friend of mine. We met when were at very key moments in both of our growth and development. I was 18 and she was 19. We’re both in New York City. She was studying theater at the time and I just came here to study photography.

I just think we started this whole thing at such a pinnacle moment of both of our lives and because she had such an unbelievable few years it’s always been more of a friendship. It’s been fun. It’s been really fun to just grow up with this person.

TJ: I think that’s very descriptive for a lot of people. Especially if you come to a city like New York when you can be a little bit more open about yourself. How do you think her background played into who she became and how do you think that shows in the pictures?

MP: You can see Lia’s progression in the series. You can see Marc’s progression as a photographer but you also see the progression of their friendship. And I think you have this mix of these very candid images and these studio portraits, it creates this… you don’t even need to know the background to get the story but it’s there. You can feel it.

TJ: How has your working relationship with each other kind of changed and grown through this process?

MP: We’ve worked together a lot this year. We have a good working relationship and a good friendship and I think that’s what makes it fun. I don’t work with projects I don’t like. If you’re not in it you’re not going to curate it well. This work is really strong. And giving me a pretty good amount of freedom has been helpful. It’s a collaborative effort but we have a very strict “share all of your opinions” policy and I think that’s been very beneficial.

MW: You collaborate with someone for their voice, for their style. You don’t do it for their skill set. I just trust Megan’s gut.

MP: If you like at my work and you look at Mark’s work it’s very different. But I think what’s the point of collaborating with someone who’s the same as you because you’re just going to make the same thing. When you work with someone who has a different mindset that you come up with something way more interesting than either of you could have come up with on your own.

TJ: So final question. If you had to describe the show in three words, the whole experience up to the exhibit.

MP: The show itself or the process or the series?

TJ: The whole process. Everything

MW: Layered. Honest, and Fun. It’s been really fun. And Lia’s going to be there. When I call her up I’m like “Are you sure you’re giving me all access to the images? I can show anything I want? I’m not holding anything back here”. She’s like “I want the story told”.  I know seeing her in that space… yes it’s symbolic, brave and beautiful, but what fun to watch someone have this moment and have their last 4 and a half years celebrated.


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Draft Magazine Call for Submissions


Draft Magazine is calling for student submissions. Submissions are open from February 1 to March 1, 2016. All students attending a university in the state of New York are eligible to apply. We are accepting all types of photo based work, including still photography images, moving images, video, digital collage, and photomontage. It does not matter when the piece was made.

Formerly reserved for Rochester Institute of Technology students, this year in the 13th edition for the first time in its history the editors are opening up submissions to all students throughout the state of New York. If accepted, students will be published in the book and have the opportunity to partake in a corresponding exhibition on May 6, 2016 at Gallery r in downtown Rochester. This night corresponds to First Friday, and all participating artists will gain exposure for their work.

Please pass this information along to students at your university who might be interested in submitting. This is a wonderful opportunity to gain recognition for your students.

Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, and to find out more information about Draft Magazine and the editors please visit our website or USEED page.


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Summer Photographers Wanted!

laurelCamp Laurel is a private, co-ed residential summer camp in Maine seeking Photographers for the summer of 2016.

Photographers are responsible for capturing, editing and posting pictures to our daily photo gallery. It’s a great opportunity for aspiring professionals to build their personal portfolio.

For samples of work that our photographers produce, please check out our website, A few good areas on our site to review are the Yearbook Archives, Films and Staff Experience sections.

If you are interested in this type of position, please contact me at or call 800-327-3509. To apply online, visit our website at

BFA Photo Senior Mark Woodward Shows “LIA” at No.4 Studio in Brooklyn

LIA — Photographs by Mark Woodward

March 4th—6th, 2016
No.4 Studio 195 Morgan Ave, #204 Brooklyn, New York 11237

Opening reception from 6-9pm Friday, March 4th
Artist’s talk, 3.30pm Saturday, March 5th

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We are pleased to announce Lia, an exhibition of 30 prints by photographer Mark Woodward, documenting the four year transgender transition of Antonio Romero to Angelita, Lia for short. This series of photographs are a quiet, sensitive, portrayal of Lia’s complex journey from male to female. Through this collaboration the photographer and subject have developed a friendship that has allowed Woodward to honestly capture deeply personal moments of challenge, success, joy, and contemplation. In doing so he has avoided the more obvious images that are traditionally shown when addressing transgender transitions and gender fluidity. The exhibition is curated in collaboration with fellow Parsons student Megan Paetzhold, a curator, photographer and writer based in New York City. Mark Woodward, a British and American citizen, was born and raised in Hong Kong. He currently splits his time between New York City and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Mark’s website:
Mark’s Twitter: @mwoodwardphoto

Aperture / Parsons Artist Talk: Dru Donovan
















Aperture Foundation, in collaboration with the Department of Photography at Parsons School of Design, is pleased to present an artist talk with Dru Donovan. (more…)

Internships for Photography Students

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Red Hook Labs

Red Hook Labs is seeking interns to assist in the following three departments: Studio, Production, and Gallery/Social Media. Red Hook Labs is a public benefit corporation, started by co-founder of Art + Commerce Jimmy Moffat, that is a full functioning photography studio, operating production company, and venue space for events and gallery exhibitions. Some of our recent clients include Chanel, DKNY, Miu Miu, L’Oreal, Dior, and American Vogue.


-Checking photographer, h/mu, stylist options

-Location scouting

-Bookings (cars, catering, vehicles, etc)

-Assisting on set


-Production inventory


-Manage bookings

-Updating contact list

-Studio inventory

-Setting up cleaning, bill payments, etc

-Studio upkeep (cleaning, stock, etc)

Gallery / Social Media

-Researching artists, gallery vendors, etc

-Assisting in all aspects of gallery show production (framing, printing, etc)

-Pulling content for social media

-Updating website

-Coordinating email blasts, promotional materials, and more

-Archiving work

The ideal candidates are highly organized, problem solvers, self motivated, and able to work in a fast-paced environment.

The applicant must be available two-three days a week (9:30am-4:30pm). This is not a paid position but transportation (monthly metro card) + lunch will be provided.

To apply for the Production internship, please send over letter and resume to:

To apply for the Studio internship, please send over letter and resume to:

To apply for the Gallery internship, please send over letter and resume to:

Photographer’s Forum 36th Annual Spring Photography Contest

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1st PLACE :: $2,000 cash award plus…

• Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM | Art lens ($999)*

2nd PLACE ::  :: $1,500 cash award plus…
• Sigma 24mm 1.4 DG HSM | ART lens ($849)*

3rd PLACE ::  :: $1,000 cash award

4th PLACE AWARDS (x5) ::  Five $125 awards

All Honorable Mentions will be listed in the November 2016 issue of Photographer’s Forum magazine and will receive a certificate of outstanding merit.

The top 16 winning photos will be published in the November 2016 issue of Photographer’s Forum. All contest finalists will be published in the hardcover book Best of Photography 2016 (December 2016).

    • Early entry fee is $4.95 per photo uploaded or postmarked on or before April 15, 2016
    • Final entry fee is $5.95 per photo uploaded or postmarked on or before May 20, 2106
    • Rights remain with photographer.
    • Subject matter is open.

Call for Submissions: THE FENCE

THE FENCE offers a unique opportunity for photographers to present powerful photography in the public realm, and share their work with millions of people when/where they least expect it. By re-contextualizing the use of large format outdoor photographic displays normally reserved for advertising, THE FENCE becomes more than a showcase for photography – it becomes a shared public experience.


5th Year | Exhibitions in 5 Cities | $5,000 Cash Prize + A Leica T Camera Package

Cost of Submission: $40 per series (6 images)

Submission Deadline: March 7, 2016


Aperture / Parsons Artist Talk: Torbjørn Rødland

Aperture Foundation, in collaboration with the Department of Photography at Parsons The New School for Design, is pleased to present an artist talk with Torbjørn Rødland. Rødland’s photographs explore the symbolism of cultural mythologies and human nature. By staging common objects such as cotton buds, ropes of sausages, and high-top sneakers with the human body, he creates surreal images that elicit discomfort despite their ability to project a calm indifference toward the peculiarities depicted. In discussing the title of Rødland’s most recent publication, Torbjørn Rødland: Sasquatch Century (2015), Milena Hoegsberg, chief curator of Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, writes, “The term [Sasquatch] has a cadence that is both foreign and familiar… [Rødland] is invested in neutered symbols, or more precisely in reconfiguring symbols or motives that have undergone shifts in values or that have been partially drained of their cultural power.”

Aperture Foundation
547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor
New York

Tuesday, February 16
7:00 p.m.

$5 donation
FREE for Aperture Foundation Members and students with valid ID

More information

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Charina Endowment Fund, William Talbott Hillman Foundation, Inc., and the Board of Trustees and Members of Aperture Foundation.

LHSA Student Photo Contest

LHSA invites all interested student photographers to help celebrate and enrich our Spring Shoot meeting in New York City, April 13-16th at the New York Hilton Midtown. The Student Photo Contest is an open competition (no restrictions as to subject matter, color or monochrome, type of camera, digital or film) Interested photographers are invited to submit up to two (2) total, hi resolution, electronic images in JPEG format to


Submissions must be sent via email and shall be accepted no later than 12:00 pm CST, March 15, 2015.

All entries must have been shot in 2015 – 2016 and shall be the work of the photographer. The student will retain ownership of the images. Images will be judged by acclaimed photographer, Peter Turnley and will be announced during the meeting on Saturday, April 16th at 3:00 PM. Winners will be notified by e-mail or telephone.

1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place winners will be notified before the LHSA Spring Shoot meeting and will be invited to attend our annual meeting in New York at their expense.



  • Up to two (2) images may be submitted in jpeg format compressed no larger than 2 megabytes and no larger than 1024 pixels in the longest dimension
  • Images may be in monochrome or color and must have been shot in 2015 – 2016
  • Submissions shall be sent via e-mail to, attention STUDENT PHOTO CONTEST 2016 in the subject line
  • Images must be accompanied by an electronic  Cover Sheet that includes:
  1. Each image shall be labeled A and B, if two images are submitted
  2. Name – address – phone # – e-mail of the entrant
  3. Image data should include a title, camera model and lens used
  4. Aperture and shutter speed and ISO if known



  • First Place winner will receive a one-year Print Membership to LHSA – The International Leica Society. In addition, an interview and first place image will be published in the Viewfinder.
  • Second through Fourth place winners will receive a one-year Digital Membership. All winners will have their image published in the Viewfinder.
  • Winners will be invited to the Spring Shoot meeting. The Student Registration ($30 – Saturday only) will be the responsibility of the winner(s) You may register at:
  • If the entrant is attending the meeting, please notify LHSA by e-mail.
  • Images will only be used by LHSA for the contest.  Images may be displayed at the Spring Shoot, “Viewfinder magazine”, LHSA web site or other information sources.
  • Images shall remain the property of the photographer


Register to attend the LHSA Spring Shoot · April 13-16, 2016 · New York City

$30 Student registration (Sat. only) · Got to and register today!


2016 Spring Shoot Student Photo Contest Final

Photo Contest: This is What Equality Looks Like to Me

This is What Equality Looks Like To Me — Photo Contest

Equality Indicators

CUNY ISLG’s Equality Indicators team developed a framework for measuring equality in Economy,
Education, Health, Housing, Justice, and Services. Equality, as we define it, is everyone having the same
outcomes regardless of disability, sexual orientation, gender, age, race, ethnicity, immigration status,
place of residence, and other characteristics.

Our framework is based on a data‐driven approach to measuring equality.
But we know data cannot tell the whole story.
That is why we are inviting you to share a photo that captures what equality looks like to you.

Who Is Eligible To Participate
Anyone is eligible to participate. Only one photo per contestant please.

The Rules
1.) Photos must be original (no downloading photos from Google free images) and under no
copyright restrictions
2.) Photos should be recent (taken in 2015)
3.) Entries should be high resolution in JPEG format

What You Will Win
1st Prize – An Ipad, An Equality Indicators T‐Shirt or tote bag, and Annual Report for NYC 2015
2nd Prize – An Equality Indicators T‐Shirt or tote bag
3rd Prize – An Equality Indicators Annual Report for NYC 2015
All winning photos will be posted on the Equality Indicators website.

Judging Criteria
Photos will be judged on how well they capture population groups and/or themes that are included in
the Equality Indicators study. Winning pictures should be thought‐ and/or emotion‐provoking.

The Population Groups
12 groups who are likely to experience inequality in NYC:
• Children under 18
• Immigrants
• Individuals currently in jail or on probation
• Individuals living in poverty
• Individuals with a physical or intellectual disability
• Individuals with less than a high school diploma
• Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals (LGBTQ)
• Racial and ethnic minorities
• Religious minorities
• Seniors 65 and over
• Single parents
• Women

The Themes
Six thematic areas were explored in the indicator study:
• Economy
• Education
• Health
• Housing
• Justice
• Services

Deadline for Entry
December 18, 2015

How To Enter
Email your photo to
• Your Name
• Your Email Address
• Your Phone Number
• Your City & State
• One sentence about your photo

Be sure to follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn for updates about the contest.
Good Luck!

Triangle Arts Artist-in-Residency, Parsons BFA Photo Student Lior Tamim, Opening Event 12/3

Lior Tamim, BFA Photography Senior

Lior Tamim, BFA Photography Senior

Lior Tamim, BFA Photography Senior at Parsons, is an artist-in-residence at Triangle Arts Association in New York City. He will be in residence there in November and December, working on his site-specific installation work. Tamim incorporates a wide variety of media including photography, video, performance, painting, and sculpture. Join him and fellow artist resident Pia Mannikko for their opening event on Thursday, 12/3.

Building Bodies: Pia Männikkö & Lior Tamim Thursday December 3 from 6–9 pm
Triangle Arts Association
20 Jay Street, Suite 318
Brooklyn, NY, 11201

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Image: Pia Männikkö and Lior Tamim, Building Bodies, 2015.

Triangle artists-in-residence Pia Männikkö and Lior Tamim invite you into their studios to see works-in-progress that explore the limits of the human form.

Pia Männikkö constructs installations and photo collages that document and abstract the body as organic entity. Her practice explores the presence of the physical form as well as its interaction with the surrounding environment. Tamim transforms his studio into a vibrant red cube which serves as backdrop for an ongoing performance of the artist as body-builder. His collaborative and sitespecific installation negotiates complex questions about masculinity and power. Realized during their residencies at Triangle, the works on view by these two artists ask us to ultimately consider the body as malleable material. Pia Männikkö graduated from the Glasgow School of Art’s Sculpture and Environmental Art Department in 2010 and earned an MFA in Sculpture from the Finnish Art Academy in 2014. Her materials and methods are diverse—from everyday objects, textiles and clay to photography and video. Männikkö´s installations and sculptures have been presented in various exhibitions and art happenings, among others Mänttä Art Festival and Rovaniemi Art Museum in Finland, OpenART biennale in Örebro, Sweden, Armory Gallery in Sydney, Australia, Kraftwerk der Rathenau-Hallen, Berlin, Germany and The Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh, Scotland. Männikkö is an artist-in-residence at Triangle Arts Association through the support of the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York.

Lior Tamim is a visual artist living and working in New York City whose projects are installation-based and site specific, as each dictate unique rules and methodologies. He incorporates a wide variety of media including photography, video, performance, painting, and sculpture. He studied art and photography at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design Jerusalem and at Parsons, The New School, New York. Tamim is currently training to be a body-builder while he is in residence at Triangle from November—December 2015.

Triangle Arts Association is a NYC based non-profit arts organization founded in 1982 to support international and U.S. artists. Triangle’s core initiatives: Residencies, Workshops and Public Programs are centered on dialogue, experimentation and the creation of community around art.

For more information, visit TAA’s website.

MFA Photography Alumni Book Release

book1MFA Photo Alum Magali Duzant announces the release of her first artist book, I Looked & Looked, published by Conveyor Editions. The book will be launching at the NY Art Book Fair at PS1 this week ( Sept 18-20 ).

She’ll be doing a signing on Saturday, September 19th at 3 pm ( Conveyor Editions, Table Q05 ).

“The book has been a labor of love and I’m so excited to be able to share it. On September 25, 1923, Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz wrote each other love letters containing a description of the full moon. Inspired by the synchronicity of this romantic exchange, I asked twenty individuals to describe the full moon on October 29, 2012, from their vantage points across the country. The surprise of Hurricane Sandy led to wildly varying accounts of a single sky. I Looked & Looked weaves these narratives together with a series of my images in a lyrical reflection on the natural world as a source of interconnectedness.”

The book will be available for purchase here :

An official release party will coincide with the 3 year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy next month, details and invitation to come.

In addition, she will have a limited edition print available at Conveyor’s table.

Press release

Upcoming Exhibitions in Australia

Duzant will also be in Australia for two exhibitions in Tasmania and Sydney as well as a Visiting Artist position at Parramatta Artist Studios, and running an abbreviated version of Live Streaming Sunset for the Parramatta Lanes Festival alongside video work by the Australian artist Ella Condon.

Find out more at


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Jeanine Oleson Talks About Artist Residency at The New Museum

Photography faculty member Jeanine Oleson was recently awarded school funding to pursue a residency at The New Museum. Read more about Jeanine’s exhibition and show Hear, Here!


In Spring 2014 Jeanine Oleson held a four-month residency at the New Museum. Her residency was part of the New Museums’s Research and Development Season. The R&D season inhabits the roles of artist, curator, moderator and performer, among numerous others.

Documentation of Hear, Here at the New Museum on June 14, 2014.

The Parsons school fund award she received allowed her to do the large-scale project which included an exhibition, several public programs and workshops, a publication, and an experimental opera during her residency. During the run of her show Hear, Here, Jeannie developed a video installation for the Museum’s Fifth Floor gallery that investigates conditions of spectatorship. She also created an opera in the style of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, that included movable sets for the experimental opera. The full program included a seminar on the residency’s focus on the thematic voice, invited numerous collaborators for a series of workshops and events.

The event and residency was covered by major publications like Interview Magazine, Huffington Post, New York Times and Artforum. “Challenging political and social norms through works that bear a distinctive mix of pathos and wit, Oleson engages contemporary societal topics.” – New Museum

Parsons Photo Faculty Arthur Ou is showing work in Paris

Parsons Photo Faculty member Arthur Ou is showing work in Paris this month at a show called Me and Benjamin. 


Xippas and M+B are pleased to announce Me and Benjamin, opening November 14 at Xippas in Paris. Renos, the owner of Xippas, invited Benjamin to curate a show at his Parisian gallery. In turn, Benjamin invited M+B artists to invite other artists—or curated group of artists—or artist run space. The artist run space would then perform an act of sub-curation where they organize a show within the larger show.  The exhibition self-curates, bringing the distinctive energy and appeal of the Los Angeles art scene as it networks out across the North American continent and into Europe.

Located at the edge of the continent, in one of the last time zones and perched precariously on the Pacific Ocean, Los Angeles exists in a sense isolated from the major cosmopolitan centers of the world. And yet, artists continue to head west, settling into the vast, sprawling terrain, into the eclectic neighborhoods that networked together create this city. Los Angeles has a unique appeal and ability to foster strong knit artist communities and the burgeoning gallery scene, artist run spaces, alternative venues and shared studio spaces are what make the city relevant today. While cartographic dispersal defines this city, the importance and necessity of the networks that connect it stand out as defining.  It is these strong artistic networks that Me and Benjamin—M+B—has sought to promote and expand upon.

Participating artists include Matthew Brandt, Jim Welling, Ken Tam, Phil Chang, Peter Holzhauer, Jessica Eaton, Whitney Hubbs, Cathy Opie, Larry Sultan, Dwyer Kilcollin, Nancy Lupo, Patrick Jackson, Pae White, Anthony Lepore, Michael Henry Hayden, Matthew Porter, Arthur Ou, Owen Kydd, John Houck, Moyra Davey, Alex Prager, Vanessa Prager, Mariah Roberston, David Benjamin Sherry, Hannah Whitaker, Ruby Sky Stiler, Jesse Stecklow, Favorite Goods: Orion Martin, Erin Jane Nelson, Kelly Akashi, Carlos Reyes and Aaron Angell.

Capricious 88 Gallery Featuring Photography Faculty Member Katherine Hubbard


Photography faculty member Katherine Hubbard will be featuring her latest work Four shoulders and thirty five percent everything else, at the Capricious Gallery in New York. Learn more about her upcoming exhibition below.

Opening November 9, from 6 – 8pm

Exhibition runs from November 9 – December 28, 2014

88 Eldridge Street, 5th FL
New York, NY 10002

Katherine Hubbard’s most recent work of black-and-white silver gelatin prints shot in southern Utah, is entitled Four shoulders and thirty five percent everything else. A site she has explored for the past three years, the works set the stage for play between performance and image — placed within a desert landscape marked by sight lines that delineate the field of vision between two facing cameras. Hubbard uses her body to mark the space and depth of the landscape-stage while simultaneously marking the film plane.

A series of black-and-white landscape photographs made with multiple exposures and the compression of numerous points of view into a single frame will be shown in conjunction. Each image becomes a point of consideration in asking how we may look at land now. Four shoulders and thirty five percent everything else is of the belief that all looking is political, as each person does not see the same thing.

BIO: Katherine Hubbard is an artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She is a photographer whose practice incorporates performance, sculpture, clothing, text and video. Her performance, A thing and its thing-ness. It’s all just nouns and adjectives baby, 2013, a deconstructed opera in response to historical invisibility was presented at the Museum of Art and Design in New York. Additionally, Hubbard’s work has been exhibited internationally at Renseriet, Stockholm, Sweden; University of Maryland Stamp Gallery, Maryland; Higher Pictures, NY and Murray Guy, NY. Hubbard maintains an ongoing collaboration with A.K. Burns exploring the history of queer esthetics, iterations of which have been exhibited at Recess, The Brooklyn Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art, all in New York. Recently, Hubbard and Burns have exhibited their collaborative works in NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial at The Museum of Art and Design, Walk-ins Welcome at Marlborough Gallery and As We Were Saying at The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York. Forthcoming in 2015 she will present Small Town Sex Shop, a conceptual clothing project in collaboration with Savannah Knoop at Recess, NY. Hubbard has an MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College and is currently part-time faculty at Parsons The New School for Design.

BFA Photo Student Sofia Colvin featured in Surface Magazine


BFA Photography student Sofia Colvin was featured in this months issue of Surface Magazine! Sofia’s work was selected as part of a group of 10 up and coming photographers. See the spread below!

Learn more about Sofia here.

Opening Wednesday, Oct 29 Exhibition: TOWaNda: An American Town Pictured


October 29 – November 13, 2014
Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
Parsons The New School for Design​
66 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY


During the fall of 2013, fifteen students from Parsons The New School for Design collaborated with Documentary Strategies Part-Time Assistant Professor, Vincent Cianni, in an effort to document the town of Towanda, PA through photography, interviews, and video. The resulting body of work, including a series of photographs by Towanda High School students, formed a portrait of a community that expands received notions of documentation, subject, and observation.

Simultaneously, a team of graphic designers led by Parsons Graphic Design Part-Time Assistant Professor, Jeanne Verdoux, collaborated in response to the photographers’ works to create a graphic picture of the town and project. The sixteen designers produced a printed poster-catalog of the project, a live website, and an overall graphic identity that broadened and synthesized the various works produced by the photography students.

This exhibition continues the project, highlighting works produced by both photographers and designers while renewing an engagement with the town of Towanda, PA, that forges a new link between rural Pennsylvania and the New York galleries at Parsons The New School for Design.

Artists: Vincent Cianni, Luke Clerkin, Jordan Jablon, Abigail Nicolas, Carsen Russell, Daniel Evan Rodriguez, Lior Tamim, Sarah Uriarte, and Olivia Zimmerman
Designers: Kathryn Carissimi, Ariel Chan, Jessica Chen, Thando Hademe, Kelin Handville, Genevieve Howe, Anri Kang, Na Youn “Jenny” Kim, Nicholas Lee, Carmen McLeod, Anna Meninger, Audrey Melick, Christopher Rodriguez, Jenna Saraco, Youshin Song, and Annette Wong
Curator: Carmen McLeod
Supervising Faculty: Vincent Cianni and Jeanne Verdoux



PHOTOFEAST Exhibition on Now in the University Center Lobby

“Truth, Perception, and the Image” 
This exhibition features work from current BFA & MFA Photography students whose work confronts the questions of truth vs. fiction within a breadth of  photographic genres. This show is intended to make the viewer think about and question concepts of fact and actuality within photography.    

We asked each exhibitor to provide us with the answer to the question: How does your work confront the questions of truth versus fiction? Their answers below:

Exhibitor List (in oder of work shown):

Alex Kwok
I am fascinated by how photography romanticizes human relationships and its control, or perhaps its lack of, in representing truthfulness. This series plays with the authenticity of relationships between two individuals and the roles they consciously, and especially subconsciously, take upon that is otherwise indescribable without the photographic medium. These photographs presents an alternative reality where an intimate couple is isolated within their haven, but in fact, they are simply two strangers who invest an incredible amount of trust in one another, and are willing to be emotionally and physically vulnerable and exposed to another human being.

 Alison Vania – Lady Alchemy
“Lady Alchemy” is a body of work that depicts this woman as an object of desire as she uses make-up and wardrobe to accentuate her appearance. Her career is based on her image and is dependent on creating an illusion of reality. In the Image the woman is posing on an elevated stage with one leg planted a step, accentuating her figure and creating a silhouette behind her that exudes sex. This image creates a juxtaposition of reality (the woman) and the perception of reality (the shadow).

Nicholai Kellman – untitled from ‘Parts Identity’
This images portrays the human form as it is without being manipulated but is seen differently due to the way light is being used. When removing the head of the figure, the form is altered changing the perception of what the true image may look like. This leads to question, is this image a true form being portrayed or an object being altered. My view on the subject is portraying true forms outside of their pre-perceived nature. A body without an identity can stand alone as a new form.

Phoebe Weinstein – diptych from ‘Finding Utopia’
This diptych is part of my series called, ‘Finding Utopia’. I titled it this as that is the best why in which I could describe my mind set. I am vocalizing the dream like state of mind that I have found myself in as an 18 year old growing up in a city (London). I do not think that these feelings of drowning, excitement and pressure are unusual to anyone that is about to experience ‘the real world’. I want this series of images to bring a light and comedic atmosphere to these feelings. I wanted ‘Finding Utopia’ to display both my dream world and the world of reality.

Qiren Hu – The Emperor Arrives
The Emperor Arrives series explores the Chinese Imperial dynasty’s legacy in the 21st century. Focusing on the theme of the masquerade, the series attempts a direct commentary of the Chinese society on the backdrop of Beijing’s increasing economic might, while providing a provocative and ironic study of shifting stereotypes that emphasizes on the borderline between reality and fantasy.
Set in the context of the American landscape, the images evoke a reference to Chinese ink paintings at first sight. However, finely calibrated multiple deceptions and the casual revelation of those deceptions serve a reminder that this is a staged photograph. The emperor’s contemplative and impassive gaze outside the pictorial space suggests the real world that exists beyond the boundaries of the frame. High rise buildings and contemporary activities act as a conduit between inside and outside, between fictive and real space. The appropriated alter ego thus becomes the quintessential outsider that transforms every photographic occasion into a seriocomic ritual of cultural diplomacy.

Vita Brown
In this series of photos I chose images that have resonance to me, project it onto a wall and then re-photograph myself interacting with said projection. It’s my way of delving into the correlation between the past and the present and the feelings one associates with memories; how it’s possible to manipulate the past, twist events and remember things completely differently to how they actually happened.

Vix Walker – Untitled Polaroid
I’m interested in Polaroid manipulation because Polaroids are thought to be incapable of alteration; I liked the juxtaposition of a fictitious image on a medium which normally signifies truth.

Zeta Gao – the floating journey
I’m a big fan of classical music and my favorite composers are Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky. Their work are very sentimental, but at the same time, very noble and classy. This is where I got my inspiration from. I like contradictory things and I believe that as a photographer, to embody the duality of either a model or an image can be a very difficult task. I’m now on my way.
My work “the floating journey” depicts a fairy tale that the Princess Mononoke lost gravity and later she had a wonderful journey floating in the other world. The world we couldn’t see but exists in our mind. I define this series of photographs as surreal fashion narratives.

Cassidy Paul –  This is My Goodbye
This work confronts the idea of truth within photography by denying the viewer any contextual information: any opinion or understanding of the events or narrative must come solely from time stamps and the visual content. This lack of information opens up possibilities for multiple interpretations, breaking the idea that a photograph tells a singular ‘truth’.

Elizabeth Harnarine – Inner Demons
On the outside I look normal, but, at this moment, my body is destroying itself.
Until a cure is discovered, Crohn’s Disease will have an enormous impact on the way I live my life. My doctors frequently use multiple methods of recording the damage the disease is causing to my digestive system. These costly and uncomfortable procedures often result in oddly beautiful images of a painful and oppressive disease.

Martim Passos – Caraíva, BA – Brazil
My photograph plays with dimension and scale. Although it looks like a canyon or a massive waterfall, it’s only a regular-sized rock on the beach. It demonstrates how nature can mislead our perception of the world, repeating shapes in different scales, and how photography can emphasise such tricks through the use of perspective and close ups.

Isabella Alesci
Ryan Duffin
Mark Fitton
Ashley  Middleton
Masahito Ono
Kalman Pool
Gunner Strietzel

Tina Keon
Kevin Aranibar Molina
Megan Paetzhold
John Ralston
Victoria Rickson
Monica Terrero
Hallie Turner
Troy Wong

Aperture Magazine Live: Photography & Fashion’s Magazines Panel

Fashion_Mag_coverIn conjunction with the release this fall of Aperture Magazine’s fashion issue, guest edited by the esteemed fashion photography duo Inez & Vinoodh, this panel will explore the role of the magazine as a platform for innovation in fashion photography and for fostering the careers of many of the industry’s most important imagemakers. The conversation will touch upon independent magazines of the 1990s, such as i-D and The Face, and explore how publications today expand a tradition forged by these groundbreakers.

Speakers include Inez & Vinoodh, who came up working for The Face in the 1990s and have since photographed for most major fashion publications; Penny Martin, editor of The GentlewomanPhil Bicker, creative director, designer and photo editor and former art director at The Face magazine; moderated by Charlotte Cotton, Visiting Faculty, Parsons Photography and author of The Photograph as Contemporary Art.

cost: Free

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 7:00 pm

The Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall
66 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011
Sponsored by Aperture Foundation, Parsons Photography, the Vera List Center for Art and Politics and funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

BFA Photo Alumni Kambui Olujimi in Crossing Brookyln Exhibition

crossing BrookylenBFA Photo Alumni Kambui Olujimi will be featured in  the Crossing Brooklyn exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum this Fall.

Crossing Brooklyn
Curated by Eugenie Tsai and Rujeko Hockley