Media are invited to attend the opening reception on Thursday, Jan. 18, from 6-8p.m.

First of 3 Shows Featuring Thesis Projects from the Class of 2007 Opens January 18

An exhibition featuring a wide variety of works in photography, digital imaging, and multimedia, including more than 35 color photographs, 17 black and white photographs, 25 digital works, six audio pieces, two multimedia works, a drawing, and an installation piece, by 13 graduating seniors from the class of 2007 in the Department of Photography and Imaging at the Kanbar Institute of Film and Television will open January 18. It will remain on view at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts through February 10, 2007.

Entitled, Senior Thesis Exhibition One, the show is the first in a series of three exhibitions that will eventually showcase the work of the entire graduating class in a BFA exhibition. It is installed in Gulf+Western Gallery (rear lobby) and the 8th Floor Gallery at 721 Broadway (at Waverly Place). Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is free. Photo identification is required for access to the building. For further information, call 212.998.1930 or visit

The exhibition features artists: Natalie Brasington, who presents a multimedia portrait of displaced New Orleans residents and their former homes with portraits, architectural photos, and audio tracks to explain the hardships of displacement; Blaine Davis, who shares an intimate portrait of a middle class family living in Dakar, Senegal, focusing on the daily lives of the women in the family (an online project,, debuts on the day of the opening); Alexandra Diracles, whose work explores feelings of control, inwardness, and affection in relationships through a series of diptych photographs; Maggie Downing, who explores the relationships that occur between commercialism and religion with photographs of Christian iconography within Manhattan; Caileen Kehayas, who uses line drawings in conjunction with emergency evacuation graphics to explore ideas of the human preoccupation with life, death, and love; Lauren Kosinski’s work relies on the eerie quality of heavy shadows and bodiless appendages to suggest the underlying human mortality which accompanies scars, while simultaneously reducing the scars to textures and shapes that begin to resemble nonhuman objects; Rachel Leibman presents a collection of prints that explores the dark allure of the wooded night; Ryan James MacFarland, who uses a point-and-shoot camera to document his male friends in their fleeting adolescence; Matthias Martin, whose work American Ego looks at the various ways that power is represented in the public space, from portraits of individuals to structural images of large corporations; Alyson Perry explores mythology and historical applications of the individual within the territory of the larger world through the making of maps and murals; Thomas Seely illustrates the absurd and surreal relationships that exist in everyday imagery in an attempt to make sense of the over-stimulation that results from endless visual intake; Gerald Edwards III and his The Continental Strategic Planning Social Society presents Psych Securities LLC, a one-stop shop for discreet technologies and global information analysis; and Anastasia Milan Tobdzic presents the city of Paterson, New Jersey with a series of photographs that documents its history of prosperity and its state of destitution today.

The Department of Photography and Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts is a four-year B.F.A. program centered on the making and understanding of images. Students explore photo-based imagery as personal and cultural expression. Situated within New York University, the program offers students both the intensive focus of an arts curriculum and a serious and broad grounding in the liberal arts.

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