Photo: Brianna Capozzi, from her book Women Behaving Badly

Photo: Brianna Capozzi, from her book Women Behaving Badly

MPS Fashion Photography is honored to name Brianna Capozzi its Artist in Residence for 2018-2019.

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.

About the Artist in Residence Program

Each year, 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.

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.

Ina Jang, MPS Fashion Photo Class of 2013, at Foley Gallery Through May 13

Photo: Ina Jang, Class of 2013

Photo: Ina Jang, Class of 2013

"Foley Gallery is pleased to present Utopia, a solo exhibition featuring a selection of photographs and sculpture by artist Ina Jang. This is Jang’s second solo exhibition with the gallery.

The work in Utopia is inspired from imagery found on popular Japanese magazine websites. The images are alluring, depicting young women in suggestive poses, inviting a viewer to gaze and admire, to long for contact...and perhaps, stay on the page.

Jang’s photographs depict silhouettes of these girls preserving only their suggestive postures, shape and luxurious hair. Gradients of candy colors surround and bathe the figures, while the figures themselves drop their distinguishing features and take on a sublime pastel hue." Read the full release here >>

PDN Selects Three MPS Fashion Photo Alumni for Top Awards

Photo- Ricardo Rivera, MPS Fashion Photo Class of 2013

Photo- Ricardo Rivera, MPS Fashion Photo Class of 2013

Photo- Lena Davis, Class of 2017

Photo- Lena Davis, Class of 2017

Photo- Nima Chaichi, Class of 2016

Photo- Nima Chaichi, Class of 2016

Congratulations to RIcardo RIvera, Class of 2013, Lena Davis, class of 2017 and Nima Chaichi, class of 2016, winners of the PDN The Look Contest for 2017. Ricardo's advertising work for client Bliss Lau (top) took home the Grand Prize award. Lena won the honors in the Beauty category for her image Camille, (above left) featured in Vogue Italia. Nima's image To Be or Not to Be, (above right) was the winner in the Editorial category. We could not be more pleased and wish them both a warm and deserved congratulations! Full story here.

7th Annual NYFFF Screens the Best Fashion Films of the Year

Still from video by Harley Weir for Proenza Schouler

Still from video by Harley Weir for Proenza Schouler

NYFFF, New York Fashion Film Festival held its annual screening of the best fashion films of the year Friday night at the SVA Theater, and every seat in the house was filled. This year's screening featured 25 films from 22 directors, including many young film makers shown for the first time.

Directors included: 



The New York Fashion Film Festival, now celebrating its seventh consecutive year, seeks to investigate the evolving genre of fashion film and explore its influence and impact on the fashion industry. The NYFFF annually hosts a screening of selected fashion films followed by a panel discussion focusing on the nature of the genre and its growing relevance to the world, the business of fashion, as well as the potential for fashion imagery to be a platform for invention, creativity and cultural inquiry.

The NYFFF is produced by the MPS Fashion Photography Program at School of Visual Arts. MPS Fashion Photography is an intensive one-year degree graduate program offering practicing photographers the opportunity to advance their bodies of work under the guidance of photographers, film makers, fashion editors, creative directors and digital retouchers working at the forefront of fashion today. For more information about the MPS Fashion Photography Program visit our site or contact Barry Sutton, Director of Operations at

Fast Retailing, SVA and Red Hook Labs Team Up for Photo Exhibition

The Innovation Center will showcase an exclusive series of four photography installations representing Water, Air, Fire and Earth.

Photo by Marion Aguas, Class of 2017 

Photo by Marion Aguas, Class of 2017 

Via WWD - EARTHLY DELIGHTS: Fast Retailing’s Innovation Center in New York just got a creative boost.

Andrew Rosen, chief executive officer and founder of Theory and group senior vice president of Fast Retailing Co. Ltd., has spearheaded a collaboration with the School of Visual Arts in New York and Red Hook Labs in Red Hook, Brooklyn, to showcase an exclusive series of four photography installations throughout the year representing each of the earth elements: Water, Air, Fire and Earth. Read More on WWD...


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



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


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

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.