Students

Andre Malerba

Andre Malerba is a visual journalist currently living in New York City. Though primarily a photographer, Andre is interested in embracing new technology and techniques in order to be most effective at telling the stories that need to be told. He is driven by the idea that at this point we can no longer afford to operate under the “us and them” mentality. What happens to some of us essentially happens to all and it is important that we take into account how our actions and decisions have ripple affects that spread over distance as well as time.  Andre Malerba Photography

Charles Meacham

Charles Meacham is a photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. His work has focused on the Sikh culture, LGBT Rights, and Occupy Wall Street. Prior to moving to New York, “Chad” had been living in Taipei, Taiwan for 10 years.  Charles Meacham Photography

Ilona Szwarc

Ilona Szwarc was born in 1984, in Warsaw, Poland. In 2008 she immigrated to New York City where she currently lives and works. Prior to moving to US Ilona was working in the film industry. Her credits include working as a set photographer, special effects make-up and production manager for feature films, commercials, music videos, video art, TV series and theater. Her credits include working with directors: Jonathan Glazer, Roman Polanski and Andrzej Wajda. Ilona has worked for photographer Mary Ellen Mark and currently she is working for Joel Meyerowitz.  www.ilonaszwarc.com

Kai Loffelbein

Kai Löffelbein, is a freelance photographer from Germany. After he studied political science in Berlin, he studied “Photojournalism and Documentary Photography” at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hannover. Kai traveled through various countries in South America, Asia and Eastern Europe. In doing so, the art of photography provided him with insights into completely different ways of life and living conditions. Meeting people who have to fight for survival on a daily basis raised his desire to grab his viewers’ attention and make them take action. His images furthermore show the effects of socio-political and economic processes on common people. “My images take sides. Their aim is not only to draw people’s attention to various social grievances but also to make us realize our own responsibility in a globalized world.”  Kai Löffelbein

Abir Sultan

Abir Sultan was born in Israel in 1985. He began his career as a professional photographer in the Israeli Army at the Spokesperson’s Filming Unit, where he documented several of the most significant recent historical Israeli events such as the disengagement of the Jewish settlements from Gaza, the Second Lebanon War and continuous fighting in Gaza. After three years in the Israeli army, Abir Sultan worked as a freelancer for amongst others “Bluepress” photo agency and the Israeli daily “Yedioth Ahronoth. In 2009, Abir Sultan started working at the Jerusalem based news photoagency FLASH90, who work on a daily basis with one of the largest Israeli newspapers “Maariv”. Through “Bluepress” and “Flash90”, Sultan’s pictures have been published worldwide in well known newspapers and magazines such as the LA Times, New York Times, Le Monde and Stern. These days, Abir Sultan continues his work as a staff photographer for the european pressphoto agency. Abir Sultan

Ruthie Abel

Ruthie Abel is a New York City-based photographer specializing in portraiture and photojournalism. Recent clients include Newsweek, The Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, The Rockefeller Foundation, the New Museum and The Artists Den. A North Carolina native, Ruthie graduated from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia Law School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ruthie Abel

Michael Holzworth

Mike Holzworth is a U.S. Air Force military photographer, stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii. He has been photographing the mission of the Department of Defense for almost 20-years, he photographed the war in Iraq in 2007 and has been deployed all over the world. Mike is a graduate of the 2009 Military Photojournalism program at SI Newhouse School of Public Communications. His work has been published in NY Times, Newsweek, USA Today, Airman Magazine, and numerous other publications. He is currently working as the Defense Media Activity-Pacific Photojournalist and his primary responsibility is to provide photography support for multinational military exercises and disaster relief efforts within the Asia-Pacific area.

 

Ville Rinne

Ville Rinne (1984) is photographer and a student of photojournalism
from Helsinki, Finland. Before starting in the Master’s Program in
Visual Journalism he studied Sociology, Geography and Communicational
Science. Spring 2012 he spent studying as an exchange student in the
Danish School of Media and Journalism.

Ville thinks photography as a method for understanding, exploring and
investigating. As a storyteller he likes to play around with different
kinds of visual elements to create a strong feeling for his work. He’s
also interested of testing the boundaries of traditional narrative.

Besides freelancing for Finnish magazines and organizations Ville has
been working as a summer photographer for Iltalehti newspaper.

Maria Pleshcova

Maria Pleshkova is a freelance photographer based in Moscow, Russia.
Maria works with the ITAR-TASS, Demotix and Corbis photography
agencies. Born in 1986 in Moscow she later studied Photojournalism in
Moscow State University and attended the Sergey Maximishin Workshop.
Now mostly focused on making personal documentary projects.
In 2012 Maria received the Gold Prize in the Nature & Environment News
Stories category and a Bronze Prize in the Art Culture & Entertainment
News Stories category of the China International Press Photo Contest,
and became a finalist of the Inge Morath Award. Maria Pleshkova

Priscilla Thomas – I was born on a U.S. Air Force base in Keflavik, Iceland, to parents native to Mississippi and Louisiana. My early childhood was spent in Alamogordo, NM, before my family returned to some southern comfort in Charleston, SC.

Photography has been a part of my life since adolescence when I worked on the school newspaper and yearbook. During college, I contributed editorial op-ed pieces to The George Street Observer at the College of Charleston and continued to embrace photographic ventures. After undergrad, I started freelancing in photography and writing in Charleston, SC while working full time in cubicle servitude…I mean, a lovely accounting office.

My passion for photography, visual storytelling, and culture has also fueled a love of travel. Since my junior year in college, I’ve traveled to India, Turkey, Greece, Mexico, Germany, and Jordan.

I received a B.A. in Religious Studies from the College of Charleston. Recently, I’ve completed the coursework for a M.A. in Visual Communication with a concentration in Photojournalism and cognate in Multimedia at Ohio University. Though that pesky master’s project still looms, I have some confidence I may complete it before the 6 year deadline (fingers crossed).

Life post grad school feels simultaneously like floating in purgatory and being swept up in a tornado. I have yet to acquire new hobbies since my previous hobby became my career. Though I do enjoy listening to This American Life and reading 3/4 of novel when time permits.
Priscilla Thomas

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