Melinda Arredondo 1st Place Winner of 2018 California Open


Congratulations to ArtCenter Photography student Melinda Arredondo (BFA '20) on her first place win at the 2018 California Open!

The California Open, now in its 13th year, is a juried exhibition celebrating contemporary art created by emerging artists. The competition is hosted by TAG Gallery.

This year's juror was artist and curator Kim Abeles.

“This exhibition was selected from the 1547 works submitted to the TAG juried show," Abeles said. "It represents many talented and inventive artists nationwide. My curatorial choices reflect an eclectic interest in art, and the exhibit expresses a range of impressions including homages to nature and neighborhoods, gentle or forceful portraits, conceptually-based and process-driven work, and urgent political discussions. The work is spirited, sometimes humorous or enigmatic, and in various ways, creates images representing human life in this existential moment. The exhibit includes photography, video, sculpture, painting, drawing, and printmaking.”

The exhibition is currently on view at the gallery until Friday, August 24th. See all the submitted work here.


Call for Submissions: Emerging Photographer Award $10,000

 Hole, Coober Pedy, Australia – © Antoine Bruy,  2017 Emerging Photographer Fund winner

Hole, Coober Pedy, Australia – © Antoine Bruy,  2017 Emerging Photographer Fund winner


The Emerging Photographer Fund 2018 is now open for submissions! This year Burn Magazine is proud to offer two awards:

the Emerging Photographer Grant for $10,000 and
the Fujifilm Young Talent Award (25 or under) for $10,000.

For more information and to enter, go to:

The deadline for entry is September 30th, 2018 (6pm PST).

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Burn Magazine revolves around the Emerging Photographer Fund (EPF). It is our most important curatorial contribution to the oftentimes chaotic landscape of photography today. By choosing a jury whose lifetimes have been spent in looking at photographs and making photographs, we try to give our Burn readers a distilled version of the best work of all that flows before their eyes everyday.  

Most importantly our mission is to give recognition to the finest emerging authors out there and to provide some funding to at least a few to keep going and to continue making a mark. $10,000 is given to the recipient of EPF to move forward in their work. This is made possible with a generous donation by Michael Loyd Young through the Magnum Foundation. Our previous winners prove this is not in vain.  

In addition, Fujifilm is partnering with us to offer an award, open to all photographers who are 25 or younger at the time of the deadline. All you need to do is enter into the EPF… and if you’re 25 or younger, you’ll be automatically eligible for the Fujifilm Young Talent Award. Fujifilm also offers a cash prize of $10,000 to the winner.  

Of course we are immensely proud of this partnership… and hope in this way we can give back to the young emerging ones amongst us… who just might need it more than we can ever imagine.


Submit for Tamron Photography Contest


Summertime is the time for socializing. Use this theme to capture your travels, a get-together with family and friends, sun-drenched beachy scenes and all the details in between.  Tamron EDU’s seasonal theme is open to your interpretation.

Keep your skills sharp by entering (2) top images for consideration.  

10 entries from each seasonal contest will win a Tamron Nike Polo Shirt and will be eligible to win the Grand Prize of a Tamron Lens of your choice!


PDNedu $1,500 Cash Award Contest Now Open for Entries


Gain important and critical exposure for your work!

The PDNedu Student Photo Contest is open to students of undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs, and also includes a category for high school students. Winners and honorable mentions will be recognized in the Spring 2018 issue of PDNedu, which has a circulation of 50,000 copies to students and educators nationwide. Featured photographers will also be promoted to PDN's online audience of more than 475,000 followers.

Grand-prize winners will also receive prizes that include a Nikon DSLR camera, $150 to B&H Photo and Video and a portfolio consultation with either an editor at PDN or a contest judge.

Visit the PDNedu website for more info on entering.

Contest Info

  • $1,500 cash award


  • A Nikon DSLR camera
  • A $150 B&H gift card
  • A portfolio review

WINNERS and HONORABLE MENTIONS will be featured in the Spring 2018 issue of PDNedu and in an online gallery, promoted to PDN’s network of more than 475,000 followers.

WINNERS and HONORABLE MENTIONS will receive a one-year PHOTO+ Membership.


November 21, 2017


SNAP 2 Students Unveil Images in Gala

 by  Esther Sutanto  ('17)

Photo and Imaging students who took the Spring 2017 course SNAP 2 exhibited their work in a gala on May 6, 2017. The class was in collaboration with the Pasadena Art Alliance, who also sponsored the gala. 

Class projects paired each student with two to three patrons from the Pasadena Art Alliance, and the term culminated in the unveiling of these portraits.

Click here to see all the photographs from the gala.



SJ Lee wins Sony World Photography Award


Los Angeles 2016 by Seung Jong Lee

Seung Jong Lee ('20) was announced as this year's winner of the Korea National Award by Sony World Photography Awards. Congrats, SJ!

According to its press release, the Sony World Photography Awards is the largest photography competition in the world. The National Awards is a global program open to all photographers and abilities. It aims to find the best single photograph taken by a local photographer in 66 countries. SJ Lee took first place for his photograph above.

SJ is currently a second-term student originally from Seoul. In his interview with Sony, he said:

The city is always bustling and filled with countless lights and colors. But behind the richness, there is so much loneliness, which is derived from the relationships. Sometimes the relationship itself makes us lonely.

You can see the other winners from other countries here.


Alum Kiu Kayee Flaunts her new short film

Director: Kiu Ka Yee Writter: Ivy Chang Producer: Daniel Chang Starring: Emily Jane Rosen Director of Photography: Walter Diaz Art Director: Jenny Nirgends Production Design: Jenny Nirgends & Hannah Bon Editor: Addie Liang Music Composer: J. Jpulido Sound Designer: Fung Yiu Tong Casting Director: Florine Nüesch 1st AD: Daniel Chang Makeup: Merry Cammack 1st AC: Cheok Lei B Camera Operator: Aaron Shapiro Production Assistants: Joy Sun & Ju Bon Lim Still Photographer: Ryley Paskal Fashion Brand: 69 Song: "Affection" - Cigarettes After Sex Special Thanks: Alberto Cuadros, Craig Robbins, Akerke Shatekova

Congratulations to alum Kiu Kayee ('16) on directing her first short film (above). She was also interviewed by Flaunt Magazine about her work. Read the interview here.




Alum Celia Sanchez featured in Upworthy

 From  Celia Sachez 's series  Devoted .

From Celia Sachez's series Devoted.

We are happy for alum Celia Sanchez ('16) for this well-deserved write-up in Upworthy. The story features Celia's series that challenges conventional depictions of motherhood.

As a young mom, Celia Sanchez felt like an outsider.

Sanchez, who became a mom 11 years ago at age 23, had many run-ins with fellow parents that she won't soon forget.

"When I would take my children to day care, I felt kind of ... like I didn't look like the other moms," Sanchez said. "They were much older than me. I just felt kind of separated from them. I would get a lot of 'Oh you're so young to be a mom,' 'You don't really look like a mom,' and I always thought that was a silly thing to say: 'Oh you don't look like a mom.'"

Read the rest of the story at Upworthy.


Mary Trunk debuts film Lost in Living


Mary Trunk has a new documentary out and it is now available to stream on Kanopy.

Behind the domestic curtain of motherhood, where the creative impulse can flourish or languish, are four women determined to make a go of it. Filmed over seven years, LOST IN LIVING, confronts the contradictions inherent in personal ambition and self-sacrifice, female friendship and mental isolation, big projects and dirty dishes. The complex realities of family life unfold in this documentary film about the messy intersection of motherhood and artistic expression.

Mary is a Los Angeles-based artist and teaches the class From Still to Motion at ArtCenter.


Gustavo Soriano in Juxtapoz Magazine

 From  Gustavo Soriano 's  Internet Encounters

From Gustavo Soriano's Internet Encounters

Gustavo Soriano ('18) has a new series, Internet Encounters, and it was featured in Juxtapoz Magazine.

For his series, Soriano has paired Craiglist causal encounter listings of females taken on their phone, with a portrait of the individual taken by the photographer. The result of these photos side-by-side create two different appearances of the person and perhaps leave the viewer to question their initial impression with the first image.

Head over to Juxtapoz to see the rest of the work. Congrats, Gustavo!



Mona Kuhn show in Madrid


From Mona Kuhn's Ácido Dorado

Mona Kuhn has an exhibition currently in Madrid:

the series Ácido dorado, a work which she began in 2013 in a secluded modernistic style mansion designed by the architect Robert Stone, in the Joshua Tree National Park in California, and in addition to the usual dialogue between the human body and its environment she expands her scope of interest and projects her look towards the desert landscape, taking in the flora and the intense sunlight producing all manner of reflections and transparencies, leading us to abstract photography for the first time.

The show will be on view until November 8, 2016 in Galeria Pilar Serra. More info here.


Jamie Lee Curtis and the Paul Jasmin Photo that Changed Her Life


Photo by ArtCenter instructor Paul Jasmin

In an article for Vanity Fair, actress Jamie Lee Curtis reflects on the image that changed her life:

"This portrait of Berry Berenson, by Paul Jasmin, gave me the confidence to be myself despite the plethora of imagery and messaging that I was not enough."

See below to read the short piece.

It is also posted on Vanity Fair's site.


Submissions Now Open for Billboard Creative Exhibition


Shannon Rose ('16) was one of the artists whose work was selected in last year's exhibition.

The Billboard Creative is excited to announce the opening of submissions for its 2016 Los Angeles Billboard Exhibition.   

The Billboard Creative (TBC) is a nonprofit that produces public art shows on billboards in Los Angeles. In 2015 they put up a record number of billboards - 48 -  and appeared in such news outlets as “Huffington Post”, “Musee Magazine,” KCRW's “Art Talk,” and the “Los Angeles Times.”  

"We are excited to open the call for submissions for our 2016 exhibition.  Selected work will be displayed on billboards throughout Los Angeles.  Imagine your art viewed on a massive scale, by tens of thousands of Angelenos on their daily commutes. Public art displayed in a quintessential Los Angeles medium."

Mona Kuhn will be returning this year to curate the exhibition.

Last year, one of the winners was ArtCenter Photo student Shannon Rose. Read the interview here.

To learn more and to submit your work, go to: