About Us

welcome to strudelmediaLIVE!

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StrudelmediaLIVE was started by Anja Hitzenberger to offer live, interactive, and instructor-led online photography classes to people around the world. These high-quality classes take place weekly in small groups of up to 10 students. Via video conferencing, we can all see each other — actually speaking with one another and giving feedback in real time, with students participating from many different places geographically.

The instructors — in addition to Anja — are a diverse group of teachers based in New York City and internationally. They share their knowledge and skills in subjects like storytelling, long-term projects, documentary and street photography, composition, feedback groups, multimedia, Lightroom and bookmaking.

Meeting and working with people from a variety of cultures is one of Anja’s passions, from the time she studied at the International Center of Photography in New York, to teaching workshops in China and Europe, or collaborating with people in South Korea and India.



Anja Hitzenberger


Anja Hitzenberger is a photographer, filmmaker, private photography consultant, and educator. She is the founder of StrudelmediaLIVE online classes. Anja studied at the International Center of Photography (ICP General Studies full-time program) in New York, where she is now on the faculty. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows, in film festivals, and on theater stages throughout Europe, the United States, South America and Asia, and published internationally in magazines and books. She has received numerous grants, including “Swing Space” from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), and has completed residencies in Rome, Paris, Warsaw and Beijing. Anja enjoys teaching students from different nationalities, and has several years of experience in teaching live online photography classes, as well as in-person workshops in New York, Europe, and China. Originally from Salzburg, Austria, she divides her time between New York and Vienna.

Anja’s Classes

To me, online classes have been a synonym for freedom. Freedom of being where I was, geographically. Freedom of expressing myself through the group discussions and learning by sharing with others and with Anja.
—Lara M (France)
I am a huge fan of live online photography classes, having participated in a dozen since 2014! Through inspiring and encouraging critique from instructors and discussion with other students, I have seen my own work and that of others grow, focus and refine. Another benefit of these classes is the opportunity to meet and interact with others, near and far, who, like myself, are not able to participate in a New York City classroom. I have enjoyed Anja’s classes so very much; her expertise is impressive, her enthusiasm contagious!
—Lisa E (New York City)

Kathleen Anderson


Kathleen Anderson is a photographer, fine art printer, technical editing consultant, and educator. She studied at the School of Visual Arts, the School of the International Center of Photography, and Columbia University in New York City. She has been on the faculty of the International Center of Photography since 2002 teaching Photoshop, Lightroom, and printing.

Her work has been exhibited nationally and is in the collection of William Paterson University. She works on personal projects and offers private teaching, photo retouching/editing, and consulting in the New York metropolitan area.

Kathleen’s Classes


Marco Bello


Marco Antonio Bello is an award-winning Reuters photojournalist, based in Caracas (Venezuela) and Miami. He originally studied business and worked as an IT consultant, but the political and social changes in Venezuela after the death of President Chavez in 2013 inspired him to become a photojournalist, eventually working for Reuters in Venezuela. In 2016 he attended the ICP Masterclass “Visual Storytelling in the Digital Age” in Turin, Italy, and in 2017 he was accepted to the Eddie Adams Workshop in New York. Along with photojournalism, he also teaches photography workshops in some of the main photography schools in Venezuela.

He has received awards from Le Prix de la Photographie de Paris (2018), 75th Picture of the Year International (POYI) Award of Excellence (2018), American Photography 34 Chosen Winner (2018); NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism (2018), PDN Photo Annual (2018), International Photography Awards (2017), Honorable Mention; Latin American Fotografia 6 Winner (2017), and National Award of Journalism (2015).

Marco’s Classes

  • Marco teaches documentary photography and photojournalism for StrudelmediaLIVE.

Christine Callahan


Christine Callahan is an artist and native New Yorker. She earned her MFA from the International Center of Photography–Bard College and her BFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York. Her photographs have been exhibited at the Musée de l’Elysée, Switzerland; the LiShui Museum of Photography, China; Context Gallery, Northern Ireland; Tactile Bosh Gallery, Wales; and Aperture Gallery, New York. Selections from her project, 58 Empress Pines Drive were published in the Aperture book, ReGeneration 2: Tomorrow’s Photographers Today. In conjunction with exhibitions, her work has been published by Thames & Hudson, the Cardiff School of Art and Design, the International Center of Photography, and Curious Matter Gallery. A series of photographs from her project Edge of Happiness were published in the art journal, Tool Book. She teaches photography at the International Center of Photography and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh online division. She writes for the contemporary photography platform LensCulture. She lives in New York City.

Christine’s Classes

  • Christine teaches Lightroom for StrudelmediaLIVE.

Gianni Cipriano


Gianni Cipriano is a Sicilian-born independent photographer based in Napoli, Italy. His work focuses on contemporary social, political, and economic issues. Gianni regularly works for The New York Times and has been documenting the ongoing upheaval in Italian politics for L’Espresso weekly magazine since 2013. His editorial work has also appeared in Time, Wired, The Wall Street Journal, Le Monde Magazine, The Guardian Weekend Magazine, among others.

He graduated from the Documentary Photography and Photojournalism Program at the International Center of Photography in New York in 2008. He has received recognition and awards from POYI (Picture of the Year International), American Photography, New York Photo Awards, International Photography Awards, and the Ian Parry Scholarship.

Gianni’s work has been showcased in group exhibitions in venues such as the Rencontres d’Arles, FOLI Lima Biennale of Photography, MOPLA, Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism and at the MAXXI museum in Rome.

Gianni’s Classes

  • Gianni teaches lighting for environmental portraits for StrudelmediaLIVE.

Lesly Deschler Canossi


Lesly Deschler Canossi is a photographer, consultant, and co-creator of Women Picturing Revolution. She is faculty at the International Center of Photography (ICP) and owner of Fiber Ink Studio, a print and drum scanning studio in Beacon, NY. She holds an MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and has taught at the Lamar Dodd School of Art in Cortona, Italy; MICA; and the Harlem School of the Arts. As a mother and artist she created a course entitled Navigating the Domestic: Mother As Artist and co-created the seminar Women Picturing Revolution: Focus on Africa and the African Diaspora for Columbia University’s Institute for Research in African-American Studies. In 2014 her book Domestic Negotiations was published by ICP Edu and most recently, her photographic work was exhibited at the Montpelier Arts Center in conjunction with Foto DC and published in Secret Behavior magazine and Landscape Stories.

Lesly’s Classes

Lesly’s class was great, very inspiring and gave my daily life and family pictures a real purpose. I see the photos in a more artistic way now rather than just being there to document our life and family, and it feels good!
—Lara M (France)
Lesly is an amazing teacher and human being. She helped me a lot throughout this process of being a new mother. I hope I’ll keep photographing at home for a long-term project, documenting my son’s life and my motherhood experience.
—Cris B (Florida)

Edward Ratliff


Edward Ratliff is a composer, filmmaker, and designer. His film work has been shown in festivals internationally, and he has studied film devotedly for decades.

He is a composer and multi-instrumentalist whose music is cinematic, cosmopolitan, and very visual. Inspiration and influence is found in many things: Hong Kong movies, jazz, boleros, cooking, the golden age of Hollywood, Vietnamese pop music, free-range grooves, and more. His music has been heard around the world, live in concert as well as in programs on HBO, Nickelodeon, the Discovery Channel, ABC Family, MTV, VH1, and more — everything from a biography of Dostoyevsky to Real Sex Xtra. He “is best known for making richly cinematic music that captures New York City’s momentum and diversity…” (The Wall Street Journal).

Edward is also a designer who works in both print and digital, developing websites and designing books and other printed material for a range of clients.

Edward’s Classes

  • Edward teaches about movies for StrudelmediaLIVE.