Our Teachers

 
 

Anja Hitzenberger

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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

Since I haven’t had the opportunity to study photography formally, I needed a course that would help me acquire an awareness of the composition skills I was thinking about unconsciously. Anja helped me improve my observation skills, both explaining the main elements of composition, with reference to the techniques used by other photographers, and through shooting exercises and group critique, which took me, week after week, to intentionally compose the frame in order to develop a narrative.
—Gianluca C (Italy)
As a photographer, I had many stories to tell but I didn’t know how to evolve from photo-taker to storyteller. Anja generously shared her experience and through weekly assignments and her constructive critiques, she gave me the knowledge and confidence I needed. I’ll always value her guidance as a turning point in my photography career.
—Jennifer B (Monaco)
 

Kathleen Anderson

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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

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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

 

Christine Callahan

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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

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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

 

Lesly Deschler Canossi

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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

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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