JOSEPH MAIDA, Chair BFA Photography and Video
[email protected], 212.592.2340

AMBER DIETZ, Assistant to the Chair & Curriculum Coordinator
[email protected], 212.592.2340
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 and completed a Masters in Educational Studies in International Baccalaureate. Before starting at SVA, Amber taught high school photography for seven years and was the Gallery Coordinator of the MAC650 Gallery and Artist Cooperative in Middletown, CT. 

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

STEVEN MAYER, Administrative Assistant
[email protected], 212-592-2975
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. 



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.

ADAM DONNELLY, Studio Manager
[email protected], 212.592.2337
Adam received a BFA in English/Journalism from the University of Delaware and an MFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute. His work focuses on alternative photographic processes and he has exhibited on both coasts. He was a 2-14 Artist in Residence at Rayko Photo Center and received the No Reservations Grant from SFAI in 2013. He's spent several years teaching photography to public high school students in San Francisco and has taught and lectured at various institutions including SFAI, The Children's Discovery Museum, Kala Art Institute, and Youth Art Exchange.

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. 

ANTON VANCAMELBEKE, Assistant Studio Manager
[email protected], 212.592.2394
Anton received his MFA in photography from the School of Arts, KASK in Ghent, Belgium. His photography career was briefly interrupted by worldly travels and callings from the culinary arts and scuba diving. He has spent a lot of time in the studio working as an assistant, independent photographer and photography teacher. Since 2013, he has been living in Brooklyn with his wife and ancient cat trying to decipher good bagels from bad ones

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.

ASHLEY CORTES, Photography Studio Technician
[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.




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.

PHIL GARBER, Photography Studio Technician
[email protected], 212.592.2330
Phil Garber is originally from rural (yes, really) northwest New Jersey. He graduated from the Photography and Video department from SVA in 2017. He is a photographer and writer with a focus on current events, and memory.

JOEL HAN, Photography Studio Technician
[email protected], 212.592.2330
Joel Han graduated from Penn State University with a BA in Fine Art, New Media. He received his MFA in Photography from Pratt Institute. His recent shows include exhibitions at Fabbrica Del Vapore in Milan and Pierogi Gallery in Brooklyn. His work was featured in several publications and catalogues including Ignant and Thisispaper. Joel was born in Queens but lived most of his life in Palos Verdes and Seoul. On a typical weekend, Joel likes to stay home with his cat, Mochi.

[email protected], 212.592.2330
Originally from Connecticut, Sebastiano currently resides in NYC. Graduating from the School of Visual Arts in 2017, he enjoys the fast pace city life but also enjoys being on the road with no destination in mind with a camera in hand.

JESSICA PETTWAY, Studio Assistant
[email protected], 212.592.2330
Jessica Pettway is a New York based photographer and prop stylist. She received a BFA in Photography & Video from the School of Visual Arts and her work has been published in VICE, The New York Times Magazine, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and Time among others. 

ALEX SETZER, Studio Assistant
[email protected], 212.592.2330
Alex Setzer is a photographer and cinematographer from Baltimore, MD. He received a BFA in Photography & Video from the School of Visual Arts in 2017. Influenced by cinema, Alex approaches his photographs in a way that is similar to that of a director, employing lighting and production techniques like those used on a film set.


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
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.

ALEX HOVET, Video Systems Administrator
[email protected], 212.592.2939
Alex Hovet is a visual artist and educator from Pennsylvania now living in Brooklyn. She received her MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media from SVA in 2017, where she was the recipient of an Alumni Scholarship Award. She has taught video at organizations including Chicago Filmmakers; The Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy, NY; and the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, NY.