STEPHEN FRAILEY, Chair BFA Photography and Video
[email protected], 212.592.2340

AMBER DIETZ, Assistant to the Chair & Curriculum Coordinator
[email protected], 212.592.2330
Amber Dietz received a Bachelor in Studio Art Degree with a concentration in Photography and a K-12 Certification to teach art from Oakland University in Michigan. After teaching high school photography for five years and coordinating an art gallery cooperative space in CT, Amber moved to NYC and started working at SVA. 

MARIA DUBON, Coordinator of Special Programs & Projects
[email protected], 212.592.2357

STEVEN MAYER, Administrative Assistant
[email protected], 212-592-2340

Steven Mayer received his BFA in Sculpture from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  He completed his MFA at Rutgers Mason Gross in 2014 and currently lives and maintains his studio in Brooklyn. 



BINA ALTERA, Digital Lab Manager
[email protected], 212.592.2367 
Bina Altera, born in Jersey City, NJ in the 70s.  An artist, photographer, designer, life coach and seeker of stardust and connection has spent her life learning, growing, twisting and turning in a quest to manifest abundance, clarity, truth.  Bina has been working with themes such as "finding my way," "immemorial." "intentional drift," and "connection" through various artistic mediums.  She has been part of the SVA community for ten years and enjoys supporting young artists find their authentic voice. 

RODEL OIGA, Senior Systems Administrator
[email protected], 212.592.2319
Brooklyn Rodel is a Stevie Wonder fan who does wonders in IT, in that order.

TODD CARROLL, Systems Administrator
[email protected], 212.592.2317
Todd Carroll, a professional photographer and educator with over 20 years experience, presently maintains a photo studio in Brooklyn, where he works freelance for various international magazines and publications, as well as his personally driven projects.  He obtained a Masters of Professional Studies in Digital Photography from SVA in NYC in 2009, and works as a System Administrator for the Digital Photo Labs, as well as teaching occasional classes.





MALCOLM LIGHTNER, Director of Operations     
[email protected], 212.592.2335
Malcolm Lightner completed a BFA in Photography from the Savannah College of Art & Design and in 1998 completed an MFA in Photography at Arizona State University. His work is in the permanent collection at the Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona Beach, Florida and has appeared in numerous publications including The Oxford American, The Atlantic, Slate, Wired, F-Stop, Dazed & Confused, Dear Dave, American Photo and Photo District News. Lightner is the director for the BFA Photography Department at the School of Visual Arts and has also been a member of the photography faculty since 2002. He recently published his first monograph, Mile O’ Mud: The Culture of Swamp Buggy Racing with PowerHouse Books.

MAIA KAUFMAN, Studio Manager
[email protected], 212.592.2337
Maia Kaufman is the studio manager in the BFA Photography and Video department, and a recent graduate from the MFA Design for Social Innovation program. 

RACHEL HINES, Assistant Studio Manager
[email protected], 212.592.2394
Rachel Hines is originally from the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan.  She is a graduate from BFA Photo, 2011.  She has lived in many different places working and exploring the way environments impact individual daily lives.  She is passionate about photography and how she can create her very own environment. 

MAX C. LEE, Repair & Maintenance Coordinator
[email protected], 212.592.2354
Max C. Lee is the Repair and Maintenance Coordinator in the department.  When not at work, he is an artist and co-curator of Re: Art Show.  He has an MFA from the Photography, Video, and Related Media program at SVA.

MARLENE Q. MOURA-TEJADA, Photography Studio Technician
[email protected], 212.592.2330
Marlene has a BFA in Film & Photography and is currently pursuing a dual masters in early childhood education and teaching students with disabilities.

JORDAN CRUZ, Photography Studio Technician
[email protected], 212.592.2330
Jordan Corine Cruz is a native New Yorker who grew up in the boogie down Bronx. She earned her BFA in Photography at the School of Visual Arts and is currently working as a freelance photographer and Studio Technician.  Her personal work is based heavily in abstraction and photographic manipulation.

JOEL HAN, Photography Studio Technician
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[email protected], 212.592.2330
Originally from Connecticut, Sebastiano currently resides in NYC. Recently a graduate from the School of Visual Arts, he enjoys the fast pace city life but also enjoys being on the road with no destination in mind with a camera in hand.

EMILE ASKEY, Studio Assistant
[email protected], 212.592.2330
Emile is a Macedonian-Australian and African-American dual-citizen and photographer. He is interested in photographing the landscape as a way to meditate on ones personal and family histories, and how current and historical social, economic and environmental issues, alter the way one sees the world in front of them. Emile was born in Los Angeles and raised in Melbourne, Australia with roots in Austin, Texas, Iberia Parish, and Florina, Greece. He received his MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in 2015, and currently teaches photography at Rutgers, Parsons The New School for Design and Columbia University.

[email protected], 212.592.2330
Claire Christerson is a multi-media artist living and working in New York City.  At the moment, she is focusing on a new body of work consisting of: photo, video, illustration and sculpture.  Claire graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2015, receiving a BFA in Photography. 

ASHLEY CORTES, Studio Assistant
[email protected], 212.592.2330
Ashley Cortes is originally from the Bronx and has a BFA in photography from SVA. Her current work is predominately on film with a focus on familial burdens and the nature in which they pass through generations.