The final show of thesis projects from the Class of 2019 opens April 4, 2019

Woman in Mexico
Sami Sneider, Calavera Talavera: Imágenes de México

SHOW TWO is the second and final in a series of BFA exhibitions which cumulatively showcase the work of the entire graduating class from New York University’s Department of Photography & Imaging at Tisch School of the Arts. The opening is on Thursday, April 4, 2019 with a reception from 6pm to 8pm. The exhibition will remain on view from through May 24, 2019.

Gallery hours are 10:00am to 7:00pm weekdays, and 12:00pm to 5:00pm Saturdays. Admission is free and open to the public. Photo ID is required for access to the building. For more information, email or call 212-998-1930.

Skye Algosaibi-Jones
A Man's Work

A Man’s Work
is an ongoing delineation of men from various parts of the world and how their environments have contrastingly defined the role of masculinity.

Nicolas Jeremias Ceva Babikian

Garden of Happiness

Having lived in Brazil since the age of four, I like to believe I have earned the right to portray such a magnificent place as a local. I have always wanted to do a significative project that represented that early period of my life, but most of all that represented a part of Brazilians’ warm culture, its people, its intricate morality and its natural beauty. Within the many aspects of Brazil, I felt like there was only one place which could put all of this together, the Brazilian slums, or better known by the Portuguese term: favela.

In my book, Jardim da Felicidade, I will guide you from the border of the favela (Jardim da Felicidade) to the chaotic nameless streets inside, focusing on the locals, but more importantly the children, that run around unsupervised through this mystical labyrinth. I hope that in the upcoming pages, I can open the opportunity to see a different side of this malformed misconception of a place that truly is defined by poverty and crime, but is also filled with dreams and hopes.

Yeajin Choi


, a term used to acknowledge the internal components of sensory registration stimulated by encounters and events, is an installation project articulating the process of translating a gestural experience into a recorded memory. As a response to the human desire to control every sensory reaction, the project represents the internal reality of one’s interpretation of external phenomena.

Ross Godick

Flyover State

Flyover State is a project about Broad Channel, NY, an Island located in Jamaica Bay and adjacent to JFK. Broad Channel occupies my fascination with nature as well as its interaction with people, on a climate and social basis. The town’s highest point is no more than ten feet above the bay and often finds itself a victim of flooding. The majority of people interacting with the channel are those of passerby status, via car, subway, or airplane. These are also some of the primary mechanisms for human altered climate.

Dannah Gottlieb

Whose Body Is This?

In this series, I am interested in the distorted lens through which women see their bodies. Unlike previous work, no images are physically harmed in the process of cutting, burning, or sewing, nor are they doctored digitally on photoshop. Rather, all manipulations are done in camera. Forms are assaulted by optics and reflection, and therefore, by perception. Optics distort my subjects in the same way social, political, and aesthetic history has distorted perceptions of the female body. How the body contorts, distorts, and oscillates is out of my control. By releasing myself from obsessive control and perfectionism, the complexity of the image broadens. It becomes a performance of perception that I capture in a still image. The central mechanism at play is the transformation of meaning. Hatred and shame associated with the experiences that inspire the images become acceptance, even beauty. The resulting images represent this duality: it is violent, yet vulnerable; sharp, yet soft; distorted, yet natural.

Isabel Hidalgo

Arouse My Anger

Arouse My Anger presents a multi-layered view of sexual assault, and more particularly the long-lasting trauma rape leaves in its wake. Video and text are used to present an honest account of a victim’s experience and point of view, as the project gives voice to the party often silenced. The collection of works aims to re-sensitize the viewer to sexual assault in this particularly divisive time that tends to focus on rape’s cultural and political power more than its harmful impact.

James Kwitny

For the Love of God

In this project, I discuss faith with six students and faculty members who are part of the Catholic Center at NYU. I talked with each one of them about their experiences with their faith and how they continue to follow God in college. Each one then wrote me what it was like to be a young college Christian, especially at a liberal college like NYU, and what being a Christian means to them. For me, I was raised a Catholic, but since going to college, I no longer feel attached to my faith. I am inspired by each one in how they pursue their faith, and feel confused where I left off with mine.

Heming Liu


meaning ‘the others’ in Latin, is a multimedia project that surveys contemporary immigration experiences in New York. In each of the projecting portals of the canvas, the daily routines of immigrants formulates a visceral understanding of their identity. Whether working in racially engendered professions or attempting to overcome their language deficiencies in night classes, the subjects reveal a complexity, if not inspiring a universality, beyond political exploitation of their image.

Marlon Lenoble

In the Blue House

Aristotle said that, Time, whether limitless or any given length, is made of the no longer and not yet. How can we conceive of that which is composed of non-existence?

Feelings and senses remain through memory, far removed from a physical moment. They float and fade in our minds in the same way that the light of the sun imprints into closed eyelids. If we define the past as something that affects the present, then we are also defining the present as something that affects the future. Through obscured images of fleeting memories from different moments in my life, I aim to visualize the separation between feeling and physical reality. The meditation is in materializing this non-existence, in the process of proving my own.

Caitlyn Morton

The only grasp we have on time is change. We continue to change physically, mentally, geographically, and so forth. Our conscience is aware of the present, in which we continue to live in a succession of present moments. These successions of moments appear as records in our mind, also referred to as memories, creating an illusion of the “past”. The specific details of yesterday will soon be lost as you continue to experience more moments.

This series explores the sensation of isolation and the perception of time that accompanies depression. The monastery provides a space of familiarity of living your day to day life out of touch with reality. It is a space where time stands still, the mundane routine of life never changing.

Joshua Olley

Tales From Valhöll

After my father was diagnosed with a terminal illness last year I began thinking about the liminal state between life and death. What is it like to experience life knowing it’s limited? Is it terrifying, or comforting, and can it be both at the same time?

My project, Tales From Valhöll, is an attempt to create an environment which takes viewers to this liminal state through an imagery and sensory experience. In creating this space I’m attempting to process and understand my dad’s journey, one that might be dark and hellish but also holds room for peace.

Rachel Ruston

On Single Motherhood: Honoring Strength

Through a combination of images and interviews, On Single Motherhood: Honoring Strength presents stories of resilience and love. As a daughter of a single mother, Rachel Ruston asked her subjects to elaborate on the experience of parenting without a partner.

Sarah Schecker

Be Strong & Courageous

Be Strong and Courageous
explores the transition into Israeli society and army life of olim chadashim (new citizens to the State of Israel). These images capture how their identity as soldiers travels home with them on their weekends off base as they navigate life in a new country. As the world debates issues of citizenship and human rights, these men and women are a unique group of individuals who chose to be at the front lines of a conflict zone.

Sami Sneider

Calavera Talavera: Imágenes de México

Calavera Talavera explores the stark contrasts of México, a place where the rough edges of life manifest as a balance derived from extremes of beauty and pain. Among its lungs of moss and agave, and through the vibrancy of paint and landscapes, México holds stories of the human spirit in its ever evolving, energetic capacity and our intense survivalist nature where grace and humor find their way.

Daniel Warner

Take Me Home Please

Take Me Home Please explores a sense of belonging and a sense of alienation and how these relate to my concept of home. The photos are all from places that were, or were at one point, very dear to me.

Also featuring work by Jheyda McGarrel

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.

two men on the beach

Skye Algosaibi-Jones, A Man's Work

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