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

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  • Let Movies Inspire Your Photography
  • Creating a Strong Portfolio
  • Explore Your Surroundings
Anja’s class helped me much more than I was expecting. I was a bit lost in proceeding with my raw idea in the beginning, but the classmates from diverse backgrounds were there with me along the whole journey, sometimes as a critic and sometimes as a supporter, and their thoughtful feedback pushed me forward a lot. I recommend Anja’s online classes to anyone who wants diverse feedback and the intimacy of the classroom experience.
—Hee Jung K (South Korea)
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)

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.
Coming Soon
  • Documentary Photography: Reality as Subject

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.
Coming Soon
  • Improve Your Lightroom Skills

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 teaches photographing domestic life for StrudelmediaLIVE.

Pablo Lerma


Pablo Lerma is an image-based artist and researcher living in New York. His artistic practice involves researching and collecting photographs, maps, drawings, illustrations, and geological material addressing concepts such as time, change, erosion, and extinction. His work takes various forms from photographic installation to publications.

He holds a BFA in Painting and an MFA in Studio Art from the University of Barcelona; and a Diploma in General Studies of Photography from the Institut d’Estudis Fotogràfics de Catalunya, Spain.

His work has been exhibited at Flowers Gallery, Konstanet, Centro Huarte, New York University, Fotoweek D.C., SCAN International Festival of Photography, La Fábrica, and Fundació Foto Colectania among others. His books are in collections including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Aeromoto, Centro de la Imagen (Mexico), School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the International Center of Photography in New York.

He is a faculty member at the International Center of Photography and Kean University.

Pablo’s Classes

  • Pablo teaches photography book-making for StrudelmediaLIVE.