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The MPS in Fashion Photography at SVA 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.

In completing the 30-credit program, students will be immersed in the narrative, conceptual and cultural subtext of contemporary fashion photography while cultivating the critical and technical skills to produce original work ready for publication. In addition to the required curriculum, students will attend guest lectures and critiques by leading practitioners.

2016 – 2017 student population

17 matriculated students

Department co-chairs

Stephen Frailey (photographer, SVA BFA Photography chair at SVA and editor of Dear Dave) and Jimmy Moffat (co-founder, Art + Commerce)

Faculty members

Vince Aletti, Alix Browne, Bon Duke, Stephen Frailey, Jimmy Moffat, Lyle Rexer, Ivan Shaw, Carol Squiers, Ziggy Levin 

Visiting artists, guest lecturers and advisers

Guy Aroch (photographer), Fabien Baron (creative director), Zoe Bruns (Tiffany & Co.), Anne Christensen (stylist), Jessica Craig-Martin (photographer), Suzanne Donaldson (photo editor, Glamour), Tracy Doyle (executive creative director, Box), Sah D'Simone (Bullett), Karen Duffy (senior vice president and fashion director, American Express), Sebastian Faena (photographer), Amber Gordon (Imagine Fashion), Rogan Gregory (designer), Torkil Gudnason (photographer), Erik Madigan Heck (photographer), Cathy Horyn (critic, The New York Times), Paul Jung (photographer), Michael Kazam (vice president, Le Book), Matthew Leifheit (photographer, writer), Glen Luchford (photographer), Quynh Mai (Moving Image & Content), Maggie Mann (Glamour), Linda Mason (makeup artist), Mark Mayer (Moving Image & Content), Jeremy McClain (Ford Models), Ryan McGinley (photographer), Kristen Naiman (Isaac Mizrahi), Jordan Nystrom (Artist & Agency), Glenn O’Brien (writer, creative director), Justin O'Neil (GQ),  Randall Peacock (production and set design), Bob Recine (hair stylist), Reed & Rader (photographers), Jessica Regan (assistant curator, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York), Eva Respini (curator, The Museum of Modern Art, New York), Rory Satran (U.S. editorial director, i-D), Collier Schorr (photographer), Patrick Sher (director), Laurie Simmons (photographer), Ingrid Sischy (writer), Mario Sorrenti (photographer), Sølve Sundsbø (photographer), Lindsay Thompson (Art + Commerce), Gordon Von Steiner (filmmaker), Neville Wakefield (curator, writer), Tim Walker (photographer), Jack Webb (lighting designer), Gina Whiterose (Artist & Agency), Eric Wilson (fashion news director, The New York Times), Caroline Wolff (W magazine), Justin Wu (photographer), Sarah Ziff (The Model Alliance), Anya Ziourova (Tatler)

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