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.

This year we are honored to name Brianna Capozzi, our 2018-19 Artist in Residence. Previous recipients include Jamie Hawkesworth, Erik Madigan Heck and Gordon Von Steiner. As part of their commitment to the program, Artists in Residence meet with the MPS Fashion Photography students in the Fall and Spring to critique their work, and share their experiences, and participate in a public speaking engagement at the SVA Theatre.

2018 - 2019  BRIANNA CAPOZZI

Brianna Capozzi is one of the most exciting names working in fashion photography today. Creating imagery in which women are portrayed as empowered, she draws on feminist themes within contemporary popular culture. 

Based in New York, Brianna grew up in New Jersey and studied fashion design at Parsons School of Design. Her eye for the cut and construction of a garment evident in her work, she often shoots self-portraits of herself wearing the clothing ahead of an editorial shoot. Within her photography the females she captures appear entangled in the clothing they wear, often striking comical or odd poses.

Her work has appeared in titles such as W, British Vogue, AnOther Magazine, POP, Dazed & Confused, Purple, i-D and Re-Edition and she has shot for brands including Bally, Adidas and Alexander Wang. She recently published a book with Idea Books called ‘Well Behaved Women’ featuring eight women she cites as her muses, including Chloe Sevigny, Hanne Gaby Odiele and her mother Marie Capozzi.

2017 - 2018  Jamie Hawkesworth

 Jamie's approach to fashion work has its roots in British portraiture and documentary photography and a devoted interest in the people he photographs. 

His work was recently on view in a one-person exhibition, Landscape with Tree, at the Huis Marseille Museum for Photography in Amsterdam.

Red Hook Labs in Brooklyn, New York also held his first solo exhibition:  A Short, Pleasurable Journey. Editorial commissions have been published in WSJ, Acne Paper, AnOther, Dazed & Confused, Double, i-D, LOVE, Man About Town and The New Yorker.  He has  created highly original and innovative campaigns and catalogs for J.W. Anderson, Loewe, and Miu Miu.

Hawkesworth’s Preston Bus Station photographs and short film were made as a member of the collective Preston is my Paris. They were exhibited as a site-specific work and are included in a recently released book, published by Dashwood Books in late 2017.  He is represented by M.A.P. in New York and London.

2016 - 2017  Erik Madigan Heck

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. 

A regular contributor to the New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine, The New Yorker, Harper’s Bazaar UK,  Eric frequently directs video for Nowness.  His advertising clients include Clinique, Neiman Marcus, Nike,  The Los Angeles Philharmonic,  Nike, and the New York City Ballet. Eric was awarded the Infinity Award from the ICP/International Center for Photography in 2013 and received a gold medal from the Art Directors Club in 2015.  A monograph of the work entitled Old Future was published by Thames and Hudson last year and he he is represented by IMG+William Morris Endeavor.  

His conversation with faculty person Vince Aletti during his Residence can be viewed here.

2015 - 2016  Gordon von steiner


Gordon Von Steiner’s work embodies creativity, innovation and dedication to the evolution of fashion film.

A graduate from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, with a concentration in experimental cinema,  he is well known for his continuing film collaborations with Steven Meisel. Von Steiner has individually created editorial films for American VogueVogue ItaliaVisionaire25 and W magazine. His commercial credits include Louis Vuitton,  Chanel,  Vera Wang, Dior, Bottega Veneta, Jil Sander, Lanvin, Miu Miu, and Prada.  He is represented by Art + Commerce.

Gordon has been named one of the 500 important individuals in fashion by the influential Business of Fashion website, and has received awards from Clio.  The films have been shown at the New York Fashion Film Festival.