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Milk Gallery Shows Off SVA's Fashion Photo Grads

Last night, MILK Gallery hosted the opening of School of Visual Art’s MPS Fashion Photography Class of 2014’s thesis exhibition. Co-Curated by W Magazine’s Fashion and Style Director, Edward Enninful and Art + Commerce’s co-founder and managing director Jimmy Moffat, the gallery showcased the best of the best works from the 13 photographers that made it into the highly prestigious fashion photography program. Last night, Christopher Labzda, Director of Operation & Faculty for the MPS Fashion photography program, told Milk Made that while the program receives a ton of applicants, only a max of twenty students can be accepted. “This one year degree intensive at SVA is the only MA program for fashion photography in the states.”

With that, a big congrats to all the photographers who made it into the program. Coming from all over the world, the showcased photographers included: Manabu Fukuhara, Michael Groeger, Boom Boom Bryan, Irina Lastochkina, Frederick Price, Siri Sanden, Wish Thanasarakhan, Mario Zanaria, Dana Ratliff, Zhane Zhou, and Skye Tan.

We got to talk to Boom Boom Bryan, who showed us his panorama of self-styled, self-portraits. Donning a multitude of different outfits, wigs, and poses, he plays with identity and gender-bending in portraiture. When he came to New York from Singapore, Bryan brought with him the inspiration that inspired his creative process in the first place: his mother. “I’ve always looked up to her. She’s the first person that introduced me to fashion…and she’s crazy about Prada too!”

In talking about the move to New York, Skye Tan, also from Singapore, notes that “New York is the place to experiment and pursue your artistic vision…I came here to grow.” Most of the students we spoke to would agree with him. for many, coming to New York proved to be a tough journey. For Frederick Price, “Moving to the city was really scary. But I had to pull it together. In the end, this program pulled the best work out of me.”

When asked what it was about these specific photographers that granted them acceptance into the program Jimmy Moffat said, “When students apply, they send in a body of their work. We look for an eye that stands out from everybody else’s. These students demonstrated strength in originality, creativity, composition and narrative.” And what is it about fashion photography that stands out against other mediums? “Fashion photography is like a paint box of all these wonderful tools: hair, makeup, wardrobe, patterns, lighting, and more. We teach our students to use all of these tools as they craft themselves as fine artists.”

The SVA MPS Fashion Photography 2014 Graduate Exhibition will run from January 20 – 30 at Milk Gallery 450 West 15th Street, New York, NY 10011.

Photography by Zlatko Batistich

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