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Photography & Imaging alumni are exhibiting artists, documentarians and photojournalists, commercial photographers, photo editors, designers, new media developers, computer programmers, cinematographers, teachers, arts administrators, writers, and curators. We also have many alumni who have become publishers, doctors, social workers, fundraisers, and community organizers as well as entrepreneurs.

Featured Alumni of Photography & Imaging

  • Alice Proujansky

    Class of 2002

    Alice Proujansky (DPI ‘02) is a documentary photographer and writer covering women and labor: birth, work, motherhood and identity. She is now working on a project about the legacy of radical activism in her family as well as photo essays about culturally-responsive maternal healthcare. Alice's work has been published in New York Magazine, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Nation, the Boston Globe, The New Republic, Fast Company, the Guardian, Cosmopolitan, Photo District News and others. She has received support from the International Women's Media Foundation, the Magnum Foundation, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Women Photograph, the Solutions Journalism Network and the Economic Hardship Reporting Project. Her first book, Go Photo! An Activity Book for Kids was published by Aperture in 2016. Alice has taught photography since 2002 and was the lead curriculum writer for On Sight, Aperture’s photography and visual literacy curriculum. Originally from Greenfield, MA, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband, son and daughter.

  • Ariel Goldberg

    Ariel Goldberg’s publications include The Estrangement Principle (Nightboat Books, 2016) and The Photographer (Roof Books, 2015). Goldberg’s writing has most recently appeared in Afterimage, e-flux, Artforum, and Art in America. Goldberg has taught writing at Pratt Institute, Columbia University, and The New School. From 2014-2017, they organized readings at The Poetry Project. They are the 2018-2019 Zuckerman Fellow, Curator of Community Engagement at the Jewish History Museum in Tucson, AZ. They have received a research fellowship at the New York Public Library's Wertheim Study and a Franklin Furnace Fund grant for a series of performances and slideshows. They have been an artist in residence at Headland's Center for the Arts, The Invisible Dog, Residencias Artísticas Intercambios and SOMA in Mexico City. Goldberg’s current books in progress include: Heavy Equipment, nonfiction essays on the language that LGBTQ photographers used to relate to their subjects before the digital revolution, and A Century, a novel based on the social lives and partnership of art critic Elizabeth McCausland and photographer Berenice Abbott.

  • Bonnie Briant

    Class of 2008

    Bonnie Briant is a graphic designer who currently lives and works in New York City. She is Principal Designer, Bonnie Briant Design & Associate Designer for Yolanda Cuomo Design.

  • Bridgette Auger

    Bridgette Auger is an artist and filmmaker strongly committed to using art for social change who has lived and worked in the Middle East for over 12 years. Covering the Arab Spring in Egypt and Libya as well as the refugee crisis as a result of the war in Syria through photography and video, Bridgette sought out intimate stories to raise complex questions about sensitive issues. Credits include: The Guardian, The New York Times, Die Zeit, and short film This is not me هاد مو أنا: Enduring Syria’s War. She has a degree in Photography and Imaging from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and a Master of Social Documentation from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Bridgette filmed and is directing her first feature, “We Are Not Princesses”, currently in post-production. She was a 2016 National MediaMaker Fellow at BAVC (Bay Area Video Coalition) and a fellow at IFP’s 2017 Doc Labs.

  • Bryan Denton

    Class of 2005

    Bryan Denton (2005) is an award-winning freelance photographer based in Beirut, Lebanon. He began his career covering cultural issues and conflicts in the Arab World after graduating from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, focusing on Photography and Middle Eastern and Islamic studies. He is a frequent contributor to the New York Times covering the conflicts in Afghanistan, Libya, and more. He was the first photographer to contribute to the New York Times Instagram @nytimes. In 2013, the New York Times published a Photographer’s Journal video where Bryan discusses his experience covering the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in Guiuan, Philippines. Look out for his by-line which appears regularly on the front page of the Times.

  • Chang W. Lee

    Class of 1993

    Chang W. Lee, Staff Photographer at The New York TImes Whether he is photographing the war in Afghanistan, chronicling the ravages of pollution in China or delighting in the Olympics in Sydney, Nagano or Beijing, Chang W. Lee takes lyrical and poetic pictures. He believes that everyone has a story to tell and that every story, no matter how painful, contains beauty in life because it is how one endures and completes one’s life, not just live a life. “Someone shares his or her story with me,” Mr. Lee said, “then it becomes my story. Then it becomes your story when I share the story with my pictures. Then when it’s recorded and shared, it eventually becomes ‘HISTORY’ or ‘HERSTORY,’ if I may say.” Starting as an intern at The New York Times in 1994, he has developed a unique photographic style that combines an impeccable sense of light with complicated composition and surprising juxtapositions. Mr. Lee was a member of the teams that won the Pulitzer Prizes for photography in 2002: one for Breaking News Photography for coverage of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the other for Feature Photography for documenting the pain and perseverance of people enduring protracted conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Mr. Lee was also among the New York Times journalists who won the 2008 Grantham Prize for “Choking on Growth,” a series that examined the effects of industrialization on the Chinese environment. In addition, he has won numerous awards in prestigious photographic competitions such as Pictures of (POYI), the Best of Photojournalism (BOPJ) and the New York Press Photographers (NYPPA) annual contest and two Emmy Awards Nominations. Born in Busan, Korea, in 1968, Mr. Lee came to the United States in 1986 and graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1993. He is married to Seolbin Park, with whom he has a son, Gio.

  • David Gilbert

    Class of 2004

    David Gilbert lives in Los Angeles, California. His work has been written about in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Artforum, and X-TRA. In 2017, he exhibited at The Finley, Various Small Fires, awhrhwar, and Del Vaz Projects, in Los Angeles. Gilbert holds a BFA from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU and an MFA from the University of California, Riverside.

  • Diane Meyer

    Class of 1999

    Diane Meyer (1999) is Associate Professor of Photography at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She received her MFA from UC San Diego. Her Berlin project, begun during a Takt Kunstprojektraum Artist Residency, in Berlin in 2012, has received a great deal of attention. The work has been exhibited at The Griffin Museum of Photography; The Silver Eye Center for Photography in Pittsburgh, PA; The Robert Mann Gallery in New York City, and the SPARC Gallery in South Pasadena, PA.

  • Elliott Brown Jr.

    Class of 2016

    Elliott Jerome Brown Jr. is a queer black American Artist and Photographer. Brown has been commissioned by reputable media outlets, fashion designer and others such as New York Magazine, Gay Letter Magazine, The New Yorker, Vice, Teen Vogue, Dazed, W Magazine,Telfar Clemens. In 2019 they received a Emerging Visual Arts Grant by The Rema Hort Mann Foundation.

  • Evan Simon

    Class of 2012

    Evan Simon is a two-time National Emmy Award winning documentarian based in the Hudson Valley. His multimedia work has been appeared in ABC News, The Wall Street Journal, PBS, WNYC, Audubon Magazine, The Pollution Blog, as well as exhibited at The Gowanus Loft, The New York Public Library, Calumet Gallery, Gulf and Western Gallery and The Old Toad Farm.

  • Gabrielle Lurie

    Class of 2008

    Gabrielle Lurie is one of the newest Chronicle staff members. Raised in Washington D.C, Gabrielle Lurie picked up a camera at 17-years old. She moved to New York City where she continued to photograph and study art history at New York University. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, LA Times and The Guardian. She has covered a variety of events ranging from politics to the homeless crisis.

  • Hank Willis Thomas

    Class of 1998

    Hank WIllis Thomas (1998) works primarily with themes related to identity, history and popular culture. After receiving his BFA in Photography and Africana studies at NYU, he went on to get his MFA/MA in Photography and Visual Criticism from the California College of Arts. He was recently appointed to the Public Design Commission for the city of New York.Thomas’ monograph, Pitch Blackness, was published by Aperture. The Public Art Fund is presenting The Truth Is I See You in Brooklyn’s Metro Tech Promenade until June 2016. His recent exhibition Unbranded: A Century of White Women, 1915-2015 at Jack Shainman Gallery received a great deal of press which we compiled on our blog. He is also a recipient of the New Media grant from Tribeca Film Institute and New Media Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography for his transmedia project, Question Bridge: Black Males. Hank is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery in New York City and Goodman Gallery in South Africa.

  • Janna Ireland

    Class of 2007

    Janna Ireland (DPI ‘07) was born in Philadelphia, but has chosen Los Angeles as her home. She holds an MFA from the UCLA Department of Art and a BFA from the Department of Photography and Imaging at NYU. Her work has been shown in solo exhibitions in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New Orleans, and Chicago, and in group exhibitions across the United States and internationally. She has been published in Aperture, The New Yorker, Harper’s, Art Papers, Vice, and The Los Angeles Times. Her first monograph, Regarding Paul R. Williams, was published by Angel City Press in 2020 and is on the shortlist for the Paris Photo/Aperture 2020 Photobooks Awards.

  • Jonno Rattman

    Class of 2014

    Jonno Rattman (2014) had a large gallery of images accompanying an article on MSNBC.com about this year’s Preakness. His photographs of the Youth Bull Riders World Finals in Texas were featured in the New Yorker. The New York Times Magazine featured his work in a cover story on debt collection. Vogue published a series of his photographs covering the New York rally to show solidarity with Charlie Hebdo.

  • Kieran Kesner

    Class of 2014

    Kieran Kesner (2014) has been busy since graduation. He won a Webby award for Best Use of Photography, for his project ‘Eyewitness to Hell,’ photographs of the Ebola crisis in Liberia. Kieran also has “Steps of Glory: The 12-hour endurance test to honor U.S. soldiers” on Mashable. Passion Passport interviewed him about his trip to Ukraine in Fall 2014.

  • Lili Kobielski

    Class of 2010

    Lili Kobielski graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in 2010 with a BFA in photography, and received her master's degree in digital media from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism in 2012. Clients include Vogue, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Huffington Post, Narratively, Thirteen, Quartz, The Wilson Quarterly, Vice and The Vera Institute of Justice. Her first book, Rockabye was published in 2015 by Daylight Books. She is one of the winners of American Photography 32, 33 and 34.

  • Marcia Allert

    Class of 1997

    Marcia Allert joined The Dallas Morning News as Director of Visual Journalism in October 2016 and oversees a team of award-winning visual journalists and editors. The team works closely with the editorial department to produce compelling visual journalism that diversifies and deepens the storytelling of The Dallas Morning News. Before joining the Dallas team, she has worked in renowned newsrooms such as the Associated Press, ABC News, The New York Times, and The Daily Beast. Additionally, she is a TEDxSMU speaker and has served on the Pulitzer photo jury and has been on the judging committee for CPOY and POYi. She is currently on the board of the National Press Photographers Association.

  • Michael George

    Class of 2011

    Michael George is a photographer, writer, and people-lover based out of Brooklyn. He has lived in New York City for twelve years and somehow holds onto a childlike sense of optimism. His formative years were spent in Fort Myers, Florida where he grew up with the ocean and probably your grandma. Michael’s work strives to tell stories of our common humanity through travel, culture, and the underrepresented. He has been a guest lecturer at Yale University and taught workshops in locations that vary from the glaciers of Patagonia to onboard a cross-country Amtrak train. He has biked across the USA, walked across France and Spain, and has the calves to prove it. If you ever meet him, you’ll probably say “I thought you’d be taller.”

  • Molly Soda (Amalia Soto)

    Class of 2011

    Amalia Soto, known as Molly Soda, is a Brooklyn-based artist and internet celebrity. Soda works across a variety of digital platforms, producing videos, GIFs, zines, and web-based performance art, which are presented both online and in gallery installations in a variety of forms. Molly Soda's work explores the technological mediation of self-concept, contemporary feminism, cyberfeminism, mass media and popular social media culture. Molly Soda is the co-editor with Arvida Byström of the 2017 book Pics or It Didn't Happen: Images Banned from Instagram.

  • Monique Jaques

    Class of 2008

    Monique Jaques is an American photojournalist based between the US and the Middle East. Her work focuses on the representation of women through documentary photography and video. Her multi-award-winning approach to journalism reframes prevailing narrative and examines modern-day issues misrepresented in the media. Monique has spent the past seven years working for a variety of editorial and commercial clients whilst producing a diverse portfolio of documentary projects. She was recently listed on TIME Lightbox’s list of Female Photographers to Follow From Around The World. Her major body of work ‘Gaza Girls: Growing up in the Gaza Strip’ challenges mainstream notions of this complicated place and explores issues of identity and religion. This project was first published in The New York Times and has been syndicated in Marie Claire Italy, Vogue Italy, Panorama Italy, The Telegraph and The Guardian UK. This work was a finalist for the Prix Bayeux-Calvados “Young Reporter’ award, the ANI Prix Palace shortlist in 2015, and the Flash Forward: Emerging Photographer Competition 2015. This work was published by FotoEvidence Press in 2018. One of Monique’s recent projects documenting the first female rangers in Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo focus’s on a positive narrative coming from a war-torn country. This work has been exhibited in PHOTOVILLE: The Fence and as part of a group exhibition in Torino, Italy called In Prima Lina. This work was first published by National Geographic and consequently in GEO Germany, Marie Claire France and La Croix. Much of her editorial work has focused on challenging preconceived ideas of women and Islam and has published portfolios profiling Islamic Fashion, Muslim Beauty Pageants, Women living under ISIS and Sufism in Georgia. Monique has also been working on projects looking at the after effects of disease epidemics around the world. Her work on Guinea’s ability to combat Ebola was published in The New York Times Magazine and exhibited in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She documented the decimation of maternal health in Sierra Leone for The New York Times Lens Blog and the fallout of Zika in El Salvador for The Nation. Monique holds a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Her first book “ Gaza Girls: Growing up in the Gaza Strip” was published in 2018 and can be purchased here.

  • Paul Mpagi Sepuya 

    Class of 2004

    Paul Mpagi Sepuya was born in 1982 in San Bernardino, California. He received his BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2004 and his MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2016. Sepuya’s work highlights the constructed nature of the photographic document and the performative space of the photographic studio, embracing the medium’s potentials for fragmentation and connection. In Sepuya’s closeup studies of human forms, subjects are enmeshed in creative, desirous exchanges. In the Darkroom Mirror series (2017), Sepuya positions his camera and tripod in front of a mirror, depicting himself—occasionally accompanied by the limbs of a companion—in the act of taking a photograph. Through revealing his own tools and apparatuses, Sepuya presents artificial, enigmatic scenes that raise questions about the medium’s processes of exposure and concealment, the relationship between surface and depth, and the connection between the lens and the mirror as devices of capture and reflection. The mirrors in Sepuya’s images often bare palimpsestic traces of smudging, disturbing the transparency of the picture plane and heightening the photograph’s tactility. Sepuya’s work also engages with the suggestive, unstable meanings of “darkroom,” which refers to, in the artist’s words, “both the historical origin of the photographer’s craft as well as the privileged yet marginalized site of queer and colored sexuality and socialization.” The personal and the professional collide in Sepuya’s studio, as his subjects are not strictly models but also friends, lovers, peers, and members of the queer community. Such intimate depictions explore complex intersections of desire, collaboration, and creative exchange. They also imagine the studio as a site for expanding the possibilities of queer subjectivity and expression. Sepuya has had solo shows at Franklin Art Works, Minneapolis (2011); Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York (2017); Team Gallery, New York and Los Angeles (2017 and 2019, respectively); Document Gallery, Chicago (2018); and Fotomuseum Amsterdam, Netherlands (2018). His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions at institutions including the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2015); Artist Institute, Hunter College, City University of New York (2016); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2016); New Museum, New York (2017); Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (2018); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2018); and Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2018). Sepuya was awarded the Rema Hort Mann Foundation’s Los Angeles Emerging Artist Grant in 2017. Sepuya lives and works in Los Angeles.

  • Peter Kayafas

    Class of 1993

    Peter Kayafas is a photographer, publisher, curator and teacher who lives in New York City where he is the Director of the Eakins Press Foundation. He is a Guggenheim Fellow (2019), and his photographs have been widely exhibited, and are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art; the Brooklyn Museum of Art; The New York Public Library; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the New Orleans Museum of Art; and the Art Institute of Chicago, among others. He has taught photography at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn since 2000 and is Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Corporation of Yaddo. He has published four monographs of his photographs—The Merry Cemetery of Sapanta (2007); O Public Road! Photographs of America (2009); Totems (2012)—and The Way West (2020) with an essay by Rick Bass.

  • Rachel Morrison

    Class of 2000

    Alumna of UGFTV and Photo & Imaging Rachel Morrison is the first woman to be nominated for an Oscar in the best cinematography category. It was for the film, Mudbound. At the 2013 Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards, Morrison was awarded the Kodak Vision Award for her work in cinematography and her collaboration with other women filmmakers. The same year, Variety named her as one of the "Up Next" in their Below The Line Impact Report, while Indiewire named her as one of their "Cinematographers To Watch". In 2014, she photographed Cake, directed by Daniel Barnz, which she followed up with the 2015 film Dope. Dope premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, making it Morrison's seventh film to screen at the annual festival in six consecutive years. For her work on the film Mudbound, Morrison became the first woman to win the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematographer. Morrison served as cinematographer for Marvel's Black Panther.

  • Rian Dundon

    Class of 2003

    Rian Dundon book FAN (2015,) about the Chinese actress and pop star Fan Bing Bing has received a great of attention and was recently profiled in TIME’s LightBox: http://time.com/3972014/fan-bingbing/. A recent project visualizing the common core has been published on the New York Times Lens Blog: http://nyti.ms/1K0N8xl Rian went on to receive a M.A. in Social Documentation from University of California, Santa Cruz and lives in Oakland, CA.

  • Richard Renaldi

    Class of 1990

    Richard Renaldi (1990) received a 2015 Guggenheim Grant in Photography His recent monograph Touching Strangers received an enormous amount of press. You can submit your contribute to the project via Instagram and Twitter - see touchingstrangers.org. He has a wonderful travelogue from Burma in Condé Nast Traveler featuring stunning portraits in his classic style, with motifs of his Touching Strangers.

  • Rose DeSiano

    Class of 1998

    Rose DeSiano brings photography and sculpture together, examining cultural symbolism, the collective consciousness, and the long, tangled history of the photograph and the monument as both a truth-teller and myth-maker. ​ Engaged in a public art sculpture practice, DeSiano’s artwork has been commissioned by multiple cities, her photo-sculptures have been installed in New York, San Diego, and Cleveland, among others and has been the recipient of multiple international awards such as; the Uniqlo Parks Grant and FLOW.17 Public Art Award. Her gallery artwork has been exhibited in solo shows across the United States; along with several group museum exhibitions; Bronx Art Museum, Allentown Museum of Art, Heritage Museum of Málaga, along with international art fairs; Photoville, FOTOFOCUS, Orange Changsha Photo, China. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications including; LenScratch, Hyperallergic, Vogue Magazine, The New Photo Review, UK’s Aesthetica.

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  • Samantha Contis

    Sam Contis (b. 1982) lives and works in California. She received her MFA from Yale University’s School of Art in 2008. Her work has been shown internationally with exhibitions in Los Angeles, Amsterdam, Antwerp, London, and San Francisco. She has had recent solo shows at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive and at Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery in New York and in 2018 her work was included in Being: New Photography at MoMA, New York. She is a recipient of the 2017 Nancy Graves Foundation Artist Grant and the 2016 Aaron Siskind Foundation Fellowship. Contis’s work is represented in collections including the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; KADIST, Paris and San Francisco; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven. Deep Springs, her first book, was published by MACK in 2017 and her most recent book, Day Sleeper, a reimagining of the work of Dorothea Lange, was published by MACK in 2020. Her work is currently on view in Dorothea Lange: Words and Pictures at MoMA, New York and in Masculinities: Liberation through Photography at the Barbican, London.

  • Sasha Arutyunova

    Class of 2011

    Arutyunova often shoots portrait assignments for magazines and The New York Times. Born in Moscow, she moved to the U.S. as a child, later went to New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and was a PDN’s 30 in 2017. Between assignments, she is working on a project to show the everyday life of her family in Russia.

  • Tanya Zimbardo

    Tanya Zimbardo is a curator based in San Francisco. As the assistant curator of media arts at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, she has curated solo exhibitions of work by contemporary artists Pat O'Neill, Jim Campbell, Kerry Tribe, and Runa Islam, and co-curated Nothing Stable under Heaven, Soundtracks, and Nam June Paik: In Character, among others. Zimbardo has curated select film and video screening programs at the museum, independently, and for organizations such as San Francisco Cinematheque and McEvoy Foundation for the Arts. Zimbardo has guest (co)curated exhibitions and related public programs at Mills College Art Museum; di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art; The 500 Capp Street Foundation, among other nonprofit arts spaces. ​ Zimbardo’s research, writing and guest curatorial projects are primarily centered on the history of exhibitions and site-specific works since the 1960s, conceptual art, performance, experimental media, photography, social practice, and expanded ceramics.

  • William Martin

    Class of 2016

    William Martin III is a video journalist and filmmaker focused on creating stories that are timely, intimate, and dynamic. His work is dedicated to uncovering the most pressing human rights issues—often focusing on people behind the headlines. Martin’s work has been published in Time, Teen Vogue, Great Big Story, Al Jazeera, and the Groundtruth Project. His photojournalism on the displacement of people from Agloboshie in Ghana to his National Geographic funded documentary on the gendered impacts of climate change in Malawi have a track record of documenting urgent human rights abuses at home and abroad. Currently freelancing, Martin recently has been published with Al Jazeera Plus and BRIC for human rights pieces.

  • Zalika Azim

    Class of 2014

    Zalika Azim (DPI ‘14) is a New York based artist conceptualizing her practice through photography, installation, performance, text and sound. Exploring the mechanisms of personal and collective narratives, her work investigates the ways in which memory, migration, belonging and the black body are negotiated and contextualized in relation to colonized landscapes. Azim’s work has been presented nationally and internationally, including The Dean Collection, ICP, The Maryland Institute College of Art, Welancora Gallery, Dorsky Gallery, Diego Rivera Gallery, the Instituto Superior de Arte and the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Her first solo exhibition, in case you should forget to sweep before sunset (2019) was presented with Baxter Street at The Camera Club of New York. In addition to her BFA, Azim holds a BA in Social and Cultural Analysis focused in Africana, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She is currently an artist-in-residence at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation in North Carolina.

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