Phyllis Posnick and Olivia Bee Talk To SVA's Stephen Frailey at Milk Gallery

Photo of Olivia Bee by @barrysutton

Photo of Olivia Bee by @barrysutton

January 28, 2017 — Vogue Executive Fashion Editor, Phyllis Posnick and photographer Olivia

Bee spoke about their work Saturday January 28 at Milk Gallery in New York City, a discussion

moderated by Stephen Frailey, co-chair of School of Visual Arts MPS Graduate Fashion

Photography.

 

Approximately 150 people attended the sold-out event, closing the Class of 2016 MPS

Graduate Fashion Photography Exhibition, a selection of 112 fashion photographs and video

from last year’s graduating class.

 

Phyllis Posnick showed images from her recently released book, Stoppers, published by

Abrams in 2016, and shared both instructive and often amusing stories about her experiences

working with many of the most notable fashion photographers of the past 30 years including

Helmut Newton, Steven Klein, Tim Walker, and Irving Penn to whom the book is dedicated. On

a rather humorous note, she recalled, "We were doing a story on fried chicken and I called up

Helmut Newton because I knew he loved to photograph chickens. I asked him if he had any

ideas. He paused for two seconds and said, I've always wanted to do a picture of a chicken in

high heels." Posnick flew to Monte Carlo with two pairs of shoes from the Doll Museum in

Paris and proceeded to try the shoes on every chicken at the local butcher. "We took the two

with the best legs.”

 

Olivia Bee, clicked through over 100 images from various points in her young career, colored

with personal anecdotes, spanning her early images of family and friends to recent work for i-D

Magazine, Gucci and Valentino. Among the more personal images were photographs from her

book, Kids in Love, published by Aperture in 2016. Bee talk a lot about intimacy and her

closeness to her subjects. "My pictures come with a lot of trust. I'm lucky to have those

relationships in my life and be able to photograph them. Half of these pictures are taken within

a two block radius.”

 

After the talk, both Posnick and Bee signed copies of their books, which were available for sale

at the event by Aperture.

 

MPS Fashion Photography is now accepting applications for Fall 2017. Applicants can learn more at mpsfashionphoto.com/application

 

Class of 2016 Show Best Work at Milk Gallery

SVA MPS Fashion Photography Class of 2016 showed a selection of their best work, produced between 2015 and 2016 at Milk Gallery Thursday evening at the annual Graduate Fashion Photography Exhibition. 

This year's show, curated by Jimmy Moffat, featured work from Anna Harty, Caio Ferreira, Eduard Kopysov, Jessica Portillo, JuanKr, Lane Lang, Marvin Castro, Mikey Asanin, Nyki Elle, Nima Chaichi, Rina Gluckman, Wenjun Liang, Ziqian Wang and Xizi Wang.

Among the standouts from the Class of 2016, Ziqian Wang showed work from an editorial for Dazed Magazine's inaugural China issue.

The show is on view through January 29. A Panel discussion on Fashion Photography will be held at the gallery, Saturday, January 28, 2017.

MPS Fashion Photography, created by Stephen Frailey of SVA and Jimmy Moffat, co-founder of Art + Commerce and founder of Red Hook Labs, is the only graduate program in the US devoted entirely to fashion photography. The 1-year, intensive program offers practicing fashion photographers the opportunity to advance their bodies of work under the guidance of working professionals. Faculty include Alix Browne- W Magazine, Ivan Shaw- Vogue, Rory Satran- i-D Magazine and many other notable fashion media leaders and photography critics. Guest speakers include Grace Coddington, Tim Walker, Solve Sundsbo, Erik Madigan Heck, Nick Knight and many others. 

MPS Fashion Photography is now accepting applications for Fall 2017. Applicants can learn more at mpsfashionphoto.com/application

Alumni Watch: Dario Calmese

Photo by Dario Calmese, Class of 2012

Photo by Dario Calmese, Class of 2012

Black Fashion Designers, on View at the FIT Museum, Dec 6 - May 16, 2017

Black Fashion Designers examines the impact made by designers of African descent on the world of fashion. Drawing exclusively from The Museum at FIT’s permanent collection, the exhibition features approximately 75 fashion objects that illustrate the individual styles of more than 60 designers, placing them within a wider fashion context. MPS Fashion Photo alumnus Dario Calmese, Class of 2012, served on the advisory committee for the show along with Andre Leon Talley, Robin Givan and Bethann Hardison. Read more...

Grace Coddington at SVA talks Favorite Fashion Photographers

Grace Coddington, center, with MPS Fashion Photo Class of 2017 students L to R: Lena Davis, Jesse Lee, Siqin Bian, Mark Harris, Alejandra Vasquez, Vedant Gupta, Anushila Shaw.

Grace Coddington, center, with MPS Fashion Photo Class of 2017 students L to R: Lena Davis, Jesse Lee, Siqin Bian, Mark Harris, Alejandra Vasquez, Vedant Gupta, Anushila Shaw.

On November 22,  Grace Coddington visited the MPS Graduate Fashion Photography program at SVA, and shared her thoughts and experience as the celebrated Creative Director of American Vogue since 1988. Her presentation ranged from her early years as a model working with the luminaries of British photography to her tenure at Vogue where she helped to define the contours of fashion photography for thirty years.  Filled with witty and charming anecdotes about her work partnerships with Steven Meisel, Bruce Weber, Arthur Elgort, Annie Leibovitz and Guy Bourdin, her presence at SVA was appreciated by the students whose work will establish fashion photography’s future.

Fashion Film from the MPS Fashion Photography Department 2011 - 2016

Still from film by Wish Thanasarakhan, Class of 2014

Still from film by Wish Thanasarakhan, Class of 2014

School of Visual Arts presents the MPS Fashion Photography Department Exhibition, a selection of outstanding fashion films by department alumni from the classes of 2011 through 2016, co-curated by Stephen Frailey and Barry Sutton, on view Friday, September 30, through Saturday, November 5, at the SVA Chelsea Gallery, 601 West 26th Street, 15th floor, New York City.

A reception will be held Wednesday, October 19, 6pm - 8pm.

Artists include: Bon Duke, Peter Lee, Paul Jung, Matin Zad, Richard Gerst, Ricardo Rivera, Emese Tot, Jun Seob Yoon, Boom Boom Bryan, Anna Morgowicz, Wish Thanasarakhan, Qiayi Hu, Joe Lee, Jae Eun Seok, Chien Wen Lin, Nima Chaichi, Marvin Castro, Yunna Ao, Rina Glickman, Ziqiang Wang, Mikey Asanin. 

*** Update: The complete film reel from the exhibit can now be seen on our Alumni Page!

The MPS Fashion Photography Graduate program is an intensive one-year degree program offering practicing photographers the opportunity to advance their bodies of work under the guidance of photographers, editors, creative directors and digital retouchers working at the forefront of fashion today. Bridging the gap between “high” and “low” culture, commercial and fine art photography, still and moving images, the program is dedicated to exploiting the full potential of fashion photography as a platform for invention, creativity and cultural inquiry. The MPS Fashion Photography program is the sole graduate program devoted to fashion photography in the US and was founded by Jimmy Moffat of Art + Commerce and Red Hook Labs, and Stephen Frailey, chair of the BFA Photo and Video Department at SVA.

Untitled, Gender and Representation, Sat Oct 1st, 10am-7pm, SVA Theater, 333 W 23rd St

SVA and BFA Photography and Video present Untitled (Gender and Representation) 2016, a day long symposium featuring Kate BornsteinZackary Drucker (BFA 2005 Photography), Grace DunhamEthan James GreenRon GreggM. LamarZanele Muholi, and others to be announced.

Untitled (Gender and Representation) 2016 seeks to address the complex issues of gender that have dominated cultural conversations in the last several years, and the ways in which representation has significantly participated in the discourse. The conference will include panels on queer histories and photography, gender outlaws, fashion and gender, transfeminism, and gender and performance.

The conference is organized by Stephen Frailey, chair of the BFA Photography and Video department and co-chair of the MPS Fashion Photography department, and Joseph Maida, faculty member and creator of the course The New Hegemonic: Gender, Race, Ethnicity and Sexuality in America.

Featuring:

NIV ACOSTA Dance Artist, Choreographer

JENNIFER BLESSING Senior Curator of Photography at the Guggenheim Museum

KATE BORNSTEIN Playwright and Author, Gender Outlaw, On Men, Women and the Rest of Us.

ZACKARY DRUCKER Performance Artist, Actress, Associate Producer of Amazon Prime's Transparent

ETHAN JAMES GREEN Photographer

RON GREGG Senior Lecturer at Yale, Program Director for the Film Studies Program

M. LAMAR Composer, Musician, Performer, Multimedia Artist

ZANELE MUHOLI Photographer and Activist

Erik Madigan Heck named SVA MPS Fashion Photography Artist in Residence for 2016/17

Image: Erik Madigan Heck for Junya Wantanabe

Image: Erik Madigan Heck for Junya Wantanabe

For the second year, the SVA MPS Graduate Fashion Photography Artist in Residence program names an individual fashion photographer or director whose work contributes to the creative advancement of the medium and provides a  framework for engagement with the graduate students. Erik Madigan Heck has received considerable recognition for his lush fashion photographs that reference the romantic history of theater, opera, dance and beauty, and the natural world as an extravagant display of deeply saturated color and light. As the recipient of the Artist in Residence award, Erik will work with the students throughout the school year as well as participating in a public conversation at SVA on his work.

Eric is a regular contributor to the New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine, The New Yorker, Harper’s Bazaar UK, and a frequent video director for Nowness.  He was awarded the Infinity Award from the ICP/International Center for Photography and received a gold medal from the Art Directors Club.  He is represented by IMG+William Morris Endeavor.

New York Fashion Film Festival March 17, 6:30pm, SVA Theater

We asked industry insiders to choose their favorite fashion films of the year and they've answered! Click the Eventbrite button below to get your free tickets!

Admission is free and open to the public. This event typically sells out. Your Eventbrite ticket is not a guarantee of admission to NYFFF, so please arrive early!

The New York Fashion Film Festival seeks to investigate the evolving genre of fashion film and explore its influence and impact on the fashion industry. The NYFFF hosts an annual screening of selected fashion films to recognize outstanding creative work and encourage discourse on the nature of the genre, its growing relevance to the world of business and fashion as well as the potential for fashion film to be a platform for invention, creativity and cultural inquiry.

When

Thursday, March 17, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT) - Add to Calendar

Where

SVA Theater - 333 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011 - View in Map

Above Image: Pierre Debusschere, Film: Earthly Delights

SVA MPS Graduate Fashion Photography is pleased to announce the recipient of the first annual Neiman Marcus Scholarship, Wenjun Miakoda Liang

Wenjun Liang

Wenjun Liang

In support of the future of fashion photography, the visionary department store provides a partial scholarship to a deserving applicant, based on the promise of their work,  its imagination, and risk. Wenjun Liang of the class of 2016, represents the aspirations of the program with work that is experimental, elegant, and has great visual and conceptual clarity.

The MPS Graduate Fashion Photography department is an intensive one-year degree program offering practicing photographers the opportunity to advance their bodies of work under the guidance of photographers, editors, creative directors and digital retouchers working at the forefront of fashion today. Bridging the gap between “high” and “low” culture, commercial and fine art photography, still and moving images, the program is dedicated to exploiting the full potential of fashion photography as a platform for invention and creativity.