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Alumni Update: Wrapping up May 2015

Here’s your one-stop shop for the new work, projects, events and exhibitions done by our DPI alums in the month of May.

• Damaso Reyes (’01) has his project ‘The Europeans’ written up in Art Link

• Kieran Kesner (’14) 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” up on Mashable.

• Jonno Rattman (’14) had a large gallery images accompanying an article on MSNBC.com about this year’s Preakness.

•  Cofounded by alum Alexandra Diracles (’07) , Vidcode has a new project that is free to play. “Draw on your video while learning about booleans!”

• Richard Renaldi (’90) has a wonderful travelogue from Burma in Condé Nast Traveler featuring stunning portraits in his classic style, with motifs of his “Touching Strangers“.

• Shoshana Zambryski-Stachel (’12) has cofounded, and is celebrating the grand opening of, Dimond Mine Arts in Oakland, CA. Dimond Mine Arts will feature workshops, classes, quality art supplies, and of course, art!

• Hank Willis Thomas (’98) was included in the NY Posts’s ‘7 hot NYC artists you need to know right now.’

• The collaborative and interactive project by faculty member Bayeté Ross Smith and alum Hank Willis Thomas, ‘Question Bridge,’ received the 2015 Infinity Award for New Media.

Fotografia Magazine interviewed Sara Macel (’03) about her book ‘May the Road Rise to Meet You.’

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Congrats to DPI Students Michael Beckert and Anthony Tran


• Michael Beckert’s instagram account was recognized by Refinery29 as one of the “17 New York Photographers You NEED To Follow On Instagram”

• Big congratulations to Anthony Tran, selected as a finalist for the Serbin Communications 35th Annual College and High School Photography Contest, sponsored by Nikon, USA.

The hardcover book Best of College & High School Photography 2015 will publish the selected work of all winners, honorable mentions and finalists.

Serbin Communications received over 17,000 photographs from students in the US, Canada, and around the world. This year’s judges were: Kenda North, University of Texas at Arlington; James Rudnick, School of Visual Arts, New York; and Everard Williams, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena. College and high school entries were judged separately, and finalists will be featured in two sections in the book.

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Two DPI Alumni chosen for 2015 PDN 30 under 30

Congratulations to DPI alumni Sara Macel (BFA 2003) and Jonno Rattman (BFA 2014), two of PDN’s 30 under 30 New and Emerging Photographer’s to Watch.

Sara Macel

Jonno Rattman

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Photography Project Funding Opportunities

16 Organizations that Want to Fund Your Photography from  The PhotoShelter Blog.

The PhotoShelter blog has complied a great list of foundations, non-profits and private companies, who are willing to fund worthy photographers based on talent and project goals. Some offer grants for photojournalists who expose social injustices; others focus on editorial photographers who tell long-form stories. read more


Another great source for funding of arts projects is the New York Foundation for the Arts. Join their mailing list at nyfa.org

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Envisioning Emancipation nominated for NAACP image award

Envisioning Emancipation

Deb Willis’ book Envisioning Emancipation has been nominated for a 2014 NAACP Image Award. Congratulations to Deb and Barbara. <read NYTimes review of the book>

NAACP Image Award Nominations – Outstanding literary work – nonfiction

    • “Bartlett’s Familiar Black Quotations: 5,000 Years of Literature, Lyrics, Poems, Passages, Phrases, and Proverbs From Voices Around the World” – Retha Powers (Little, Brown)
    • “Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery” – Deborah Willis, Barbara Krauthamer (Temple University Press)
    • “High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society” – Carl Hart (HarperCollins, Harper)
    • “Letters to an Incarcerated Brother: Encouragement, Hope, and Healing for Inmates and Their Loved Ones” – Hill Harper (Gotham Books)
    • “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross” – Henry Louis Gates Jr., Donald Yacovone (SmileyBooks)

About the Award

Established in 1967, at the height of the civil rights movement, the NAACP Image Awards is the nation’s premier event celebrating the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts, as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors.

The NAACP has long been involved in the continuing struggle for greater participation by African Americans in the entertainment industry. This effort began in 1915 when the organization launched a nationwide protest against the showing of the movie “Birth of A Nation” by D. W. Griffith. The film set in the period immediately after the Civil War, depicted black people as savages and the reconstruction era as a period of corruption. It remains one of the most controversial films ever made. In response to the NAACP’s crusade against “Birth of A Nation,” independent black filmmakers, like the legendary Oscar Micheaux, defied stereotypes by creating movies that portrayed blacks in a positive light.

Awards will be announced February 22.

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DPI alum Jen Kinney selected as the 2013 Dorthea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize winner

DPI alum Jen Kinney has been selected as the 2013 Dorthea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize winner, awarded by Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies, for her ongoing project in Whittier, Alaska. The project’s new working title is “City Under One Roof.” Stay tuned for more info, there will be an exhibition in May-June 2014 at the Alaska Humanities Forum in Anchorage, as well as at Duke University sometime in fall 2014. Jen hopes you will be able to make it to one or the other!

Follow Jen on tumblr <jkjenkinney.tumblr.com> or instagram, @jkjenkinney.

 Jen Kinney by Jonno Rattman © 2012

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DPI alumna Rachel Morrison at Sundance

DPI alumna Rachel Morrison (’00), was the DP for the Sundance feature film Fruitvale Station, showing in the U.S. Dramatic Competition. The film stars Michael B. Jordan and Octavia Spencer, Forest Whitaker producer.

Check out the film and Rachel’s work at the following links:


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Elizabeth Moran 2013 Tierney Fellow

Elizabeth Moran  (BFA 2007) is the recipient of the department’s 2013 Tierney Fellowship. The grant is awarded annually to a Department of Photography & Imaging alumnus who has graduated within the past 2-7 years. This year’s competition was juried by Jerry Vezzuso ( artist and Director of Tierney Fellowship) and Sam Barzilay, Creative Director of United Photo Industries in Brooklyn.

© Elizabeth MoranElizabeth will continue  her new project about Ghost Hunters with a focus on her own family and history. Working with her aunt and uncle ( (who participate in paranormal investigations) and her mother, she will research the history of her uncle and mother’s childhood home, an old plantation house in Memphis, Tennessee, that is storied to be haunted. Quoting from her proposal: Where does science end and faith begin? Do we simply see what we believe or do we believe what we see? The limits of the camera and our minds simultaneously assist and hinder our understanding of the past.

Elizabeth lives and works in San Francisco. She completed her MFA at California College of the Arts  in San Francisco in 2013 and is currently working on her MA in Visual and Critical Studies. Her work has exhibited internationally including in San Francisco, Houston, New York, and Berlin. She was awarded a Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship in 2012 and was named one of the winners of Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward (US) for 2013. Her recent project documenting The San Francisco Armory which currently houses an adult film production company has been featured on many websites including Wired , New York Magazine and Lenscratch.

© Elizabeth Moran

For information about all the 2013 Tierney Fellows, please click here, and to learn about the Department’s past Tierney Fellows, click here.

Elizabeth will be exhibiting her work in the Department in 2014. To see more of Elizabeth Moran’s work, please visit her website.


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