TEACHING ARTISTS

  Farah Marie Velten   Born in Sausalito CA, Farah Marie Velten is a NYC based teaching artist practicing photography focusing on analogue and alternative printmaking processes. In addition to teaching with JHP, Farah assist teaches at International Center for Photography (ICP), has taught at ICP The Point, Chelsea HSFI, as well as in Patagonia Chile, Bretagne France, and Malmö Sweden. She recently was a participating artist in Kulturföreningen Triennal's  Agrikultura  where she developed her project  Agriphoto-Culturagraph , exploring the relationship between art and agriculture in Hyllie Sweden. Farah has exhibited work in New York, California, Sweden, and has published her photography as cover art for academic journals and music albums. Farah is new to the JHP team.

Farah Marie Velten

Born in Sausalito CA, Farah Marie Velten is a NYC based teaching artist practicing photography focusing on analogue and alternative printmaking processes. In addition to teaching with JHP, Farah assist teaches at International Center for Photography (ICP), has taught at ICP The Point, Chelsea HSFI, as well as in Patagonia Chile, Bretagne France, and Malmö Sweden. She recently was a participating artist in Kulturföreningen Triennal's Agrikultura where she developed her project Agriphoto-Culturagraph, exploring the relationship between art and agriculture in Hyllie Sweden. Farah has exhibited work in New York, California, Sweden, and has published her photography as cover art for academic journals and music albums. Farah is new to the JHP team.

  Hector Rene Membreno-Canales    Hector Rene Membreno-Canales is a U.S. Army Photographer and contributor at  TaskAndPurpose.com . After serving in Iraq, he used the G.I. Bill to move to New York City and study photography at the School of Visual Arts (SVA). His photographs have been featured in The New York Times, CNN, L’Oeil de la Photographie and The New Republic. He is currently an MFA candidate at Hunter College, City University of New York. Hector has been teaching with JHP for 3 years.   

Hector Rene Membreno-Canales

Hector Rene Membreno-Canales is a U.S. Army Photographer and contributor at TaskAndPurpose.com. After serving in Iraq, he used the G.I. Bill to move to New York City and study photography at the School of Visual Arts (SVA). His photographs have been featured in The New York Times, CNN, L’Oeil de la Photographie and The New Republic. He is currently an MFA candidate at Hunter College, City University of New York. Hector has been teaching with JHP for 3 years.

 

  Luis Ernesto Santana Jr.   Born and raised in Manhattan to a photographer and a nurse, Luis always had a natural curiosity for art and the environment around him. Spending endless nights and early mornings in his father’s studio, a passion for the arts was born.  Since then, photography has created many opportunities for him to grow as an individual, and to help others grow as well. His drive to document the world around him is sparked through human interaction and awareness. He loves to share and help others grow on their journey of life. Luis has been teaching with JHP for 2 years.      

Luis Ernesto Santana Jr.

Born and raised in Manhattan to a photographer and a nurse, Luis always had a natural curiosity for art and the environment around him. Spending endless nights and early mornings in his father’s studio, a passion for the arts was born.  Since then, photography has created many opportunities for him to grow as an individual, and to help others grow as well. His drive to document the world around him is sparked through human interaction and awareness. He loves to share and help others grow on their journey of life. Luis has been teaching with JHP for 2 years.

 

 

  Robin Dahlberg   Robin is an award-winning photographer and arts educator whose work is in the permanent collection of the New York Public Library and New York's Museum of Modern Art.  She strives to tell compelling stories, focusing on how ordinary people respond to the challenges of every day life. Robin became a photographer after working as a civil rights attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union for many years.  She holds degrees from Stanford University, New York University School of Law, the One-Year Certificate Program in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the International Center for Photography and the MFA Program in Photography at the University of Hartford.    Robin has been teaching with JHP for 4 years.

Robin Dahlberg

Robin is an award-winning photographer and arts educator whose work is in the permanent collection of the New York Public Library and New York's Museum of Modern Art.  She strives to tell compelling stories, focusing on how ordinary people respond to the challenges of every day life. Robin became a photographer after working as a civil rights attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union for many years.  She holds degrees from Stanford University, New York University School of Law, the One-Year Certificate Program in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the International Center for Photography and the MFA Program in Photography at the University of Hartford.    Robin has been teaching with JHP for 4 years.

  Alberto Vasari   Alberto Vasari is a Brooklyn based portrait and documentary photographer. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The University of Illinois at Chicago. He is a veteran of The United States Marine Corps. He has been teaching with JHP for 4 years.  In his own words: “At the age of seventeen my thirst for adventure and a desire to give back to the country that offered my family hope motivated me to join the Marine Corps. It was there that I first began shooting photos with a friend's camera. I was moved by the power of photography to capture so much emotion in a fraction of a second. Studying photography and film at the University of Illinois in Chicago I quickly learned that I was better suited to shoot a camera than a rifle.   My thirst for adventure has not subsided and I continue to travel whenever possible. Photography is an art that teaches me about the world as well as myself. It satisfies my hunger to learn, to explore the world and to connect with others. The amazing experiences I’ve had through photography have deepened my respect for people from all walks of life.”

Alberto Vasari

Alberto Vasari is a Brooklyn based portrait and documentary photographer. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The University of Illinois at Chicago. He is a veteran of The United States Marine Corps. He has been teaching with JHP for 4 years.

In his own words: “At the age of seventeen my thirst for adventure and a desire to give back to the country that offered my family hope motivated me to join the Marine Corps. It was there that I first began shooting photos with a friend's camera. I was moved by the power of photography to capture so much emotion in a fraction of a second. Studying photography and film at the University of Illinois in Chicago I quickly learned that I was better suited to shoot a camera than a rifle. 

My thirst for adventure has not subsided and I continue to travel whenever possible. Photography is an art that teaches me about the world as well as myself. It satisfies my hunger to learn, to explore the world and to connect with others. The amazing experiences I’ve had through photography have deepened my respect for people from all walks of life.”

  Lorin Klaris   A native New Yorker, Lorin has been photographing people and places for publications, websites, advertisements and non-profits for over 25 years. New to JHP, she is inspired to be teaching photography to teens. “Learning how to connect to the world through images is a powerful means of expression and can heal and change lives.“ Lorin has been teaching with JHP for 2 years.

Lorin Klaris

A native New Yorker, Lorin has been photographing people and places for publications, websites, advertisements and non-profits for over 25 years. New to JHP, she is inspired to be teaching photography to teens. “Learning how to connect to the world through images is a powerful means of expression and can heal and change lives.“ Lorin has been teaching with JHP for 2 years.

  Ellen Jacob   Ellen is a visual artist/photographer and educator interested in social justice. Her work has been widely covered. She is a recipient of a Ford Foundation grant, and has performed work under grants from Knight, Kresge and Google foundations. She exhibits internationally and holds a BFA with honors from Pratt. Ellen has been teaching with JHP for one year.

Ellen Jacob

Ellen is a visual artist/photographer and educator interested in social justice. Her work has been widely covered. She is a recipient of a Ford Foundation grant, and has performed work under grants from Knight, Kresge and Google foundations. She exhibits internationally and holds a BFA with honors from Pratt. Ellen has been teaching with JHP for one year.

  Wendy Correa   Wendy Correa has a professional history as a photo producer, documentarian, and photo instructor in between. She works to inspire NYC youth to develop self-awareness and make a difference in their communities through. Wendy was raised in Queens, and has traveled extensively to document stories of protest, community and identity. Wendy has been teaching with JHP for 4 years.

Wendy Correa

Wendy Correa has a professional history as a photo producer, documentarian, and photo instructor in between. She works to inspire NYC youth to develop self-awareness and make a difference in their communities through. Wendy was raised in Queens, and has traveled extensively to document stories of protest, community and identity. Wendy has been teaching with JHP for 4 years.

  Mara Catalan   Mara Catalán was born in Madrid and she has lived in Spain, Mexico, and the United States, working both as a photographer and a fine art B&W printer. Her photography has been published and exhibited extensively in Europe, Mexico, and the United States. Her first monograph,  Williamsburg, A Place I Once Called Home , will be published by  Red Hook Editions  in December 2018.  Mara lives in Brooklyn, New York. Mara has been teaching with JHP for 2 years.

Mara Catalan

Mara Catalán was born in Madrid and she has lived in Spain, Mexico, and the United States, working both as a photographer and a fine art B&W printer. Her photography has been published and exhibited extensively in Europe, Mexico, and the United States. Her first monograph, Williamsburg, A Place I Once Called Home, will be published by Red Hook Editions in December 2018.  Mara lives in Brooklyn, New York. Mara has been teaching with JHP for 2 years.

 
  Susan Rae Tannenbaum    As a photographer, photo editor and photo researcher, Susan has made photography a major part of her life. She started her career as a documentary photographer, and uses this story telling style to capture the spontaneous and genuine moments of the world around her.  NY Magazine Weddings has listed her in their best photographer editorial section since 2003, saying she "tells a vibrant, moment-to-moment story while remaining unobtrusive." Currently she specializes in small intimate events such as City Hall weddings, destination weddings, elopements, honeymoons, engagements, proposals and family reunions, anything that brings cloents to NYC to celebrate!  Susan’s personal work has been exhibited in NYC, Paris and Melbourne and published in various magazines both commercial and literary.

Susan Rae Tannenbaum

As a photographer, photo editor and photo researcher, Susan has made photography a major part of her life. She started her career as a documentary photographer, and uses this story telling style to capture the spontaneous and genuine moments of the world around her.

NY Magazine Weddings has listed her in their best photographer editorial section since 2003, saying she "tells a vibrant, moment-to-moment story while remaining unobtrusive." Currently she specializes in small intimate events such as City Hall weddings, destination weddings, elopements, honeymoons, engagements, proposals and family reunions, anything that brings cloents to NYC to celebrate!

Susan’s personal work has been exhibited in NYC, Paris and Melbourne and published in various magazines both commercial and literary.

  Ruthie Abel    Ruthie is an artist-activist based in New York. Her work focuses on human rights, children's rights and climate justice. Portrait photography is her primary medium. Career highlights include being a Peter S. Reed Foundation grantee (2017); commissions from the Rockefeller Foundation, Anastasia Photo, and the New Museum; Eddie Adams Workshop alum (2012) and International Center for Photography teaching assistant (current). Ruthie is new to JHP and we welcome her on board.

Ruthie Abel

Ruthie is an artist-activist based in New York. Her work focuses on human rights, children's rights and climate justice. Portrait photography is her primary medium. Career highlights include being a Peter S. Reed Foundation grantee (2017); commissions from the Rockefeller Foundation, Anastasia Photo, and the New Museum; Eddie Adams Workshop alum (2012) and International Center for Photography teaching assistant (current). Ruthie is new to JHP and we welcome her on board.

 
  Jessica Chen   Jessica is a fine art photographer, capturing cinematic and urban landscapes, architecture, documentary and street photography. She worked as a designer, illustrator and documentary filmmaker before finding her joy and passion in photography.  After 15 years of taking photographs, in 2014, she began publishing her writing and photographic experiments. Her photographs have gone on to be exhibited across the country. Her work exhibited at the RayKo Photo Center in San Francisco, the Los Angeles Center for Photography, the Vermont Center for Photography, and the PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury, Vermont. Many of her photographs were selected for juried shows, including shows at the Sidney-Mishkin Gallery, the Trestle Gallery, and the Davis Orton Gallery in New York. Last year, her work made its international debut at the PH21 Gallery in Budapest, Hungary. She was awarded the 2017 Emerging Award by APA, American Photographic Artists, a national organization for photographers.  A graduate from the University of California at Davis with a B.A. in Studio Art and B.S. in Environmental Design and Visual Communication. In 2007, she received her M.F.A. in Documentary and Narrative film from Parsons at the New School. She resides in Brooklyn, NY.

Jessica Chen

Jessica is a fine art photographer, capturing cinematic and urban landscapes, architecture, documentary and street photography. She worked as a designer, illustrator and documentary filmmaker before finding her joy and passion in photography.

After 15 years of taking photographs, in 2014, she began publishing her writing and photographic experiments. Her photographs have gone on to be exhibited across the country. Her work exhibited at the RayKo Photo Center in San Francisco, the Los Angeles Center for Photography, the Vermont Center for Photography, and the PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury, Vermont. Many of her photographs were selected for juried shows, including shows at the Sidney-Mishkin Gallery, the Trestle Gallery, and the Davis Orton Gallery in New York. Last year, her work made its international debut at the PH21 Gallery in Budapest, Hungary. She was awarded the 2017 Emerging Award by APA, American Photographic Artists, a national organization for photographers.

A graduate from the University of California at Davis with a B.A. in Studio Art and B.S. in Environmental Design and Visual Communication. In 2007, she received her M.F.A. in Documentary and Narrative film from Parsons at the New School. She resides in Brooklyn, NY.

  Romina Hedlin   Born in Venezuela, Romina Hendlin holds a BA in Mass Media with a mayor in AudioVisual Arts from the Catholic University in Caracas. She started her photography studies at Roberto Mata Taller de Fotografía and later graduated from the International Center of Photography in NYC.   She received the Sam Sahid Scholarship for her project Dominican Family and was accepted to the Foundry Photojournalism Workshops with the Ricoh Scholarships for her project Growing Together. Romina has participated in group shows in Caracas and New York and had her first solo exhibition in Caracas for her project To Live.     

Romina Hedlin

Born in Venezuela, Romina Hendlin holds a BA in Mass Media with a mayor in AudioVisual Arts from the Catholic University in Caracas. She started her photography studies at Roberto Mata Taller de Fotografía and later graduated from the International Center of Photography in NYC. 

She received the Sam Sahid Scholarship for her project Dominican Family and was accepted to the Foundry Photojournalism Workshops with the Ricoh Scholarships for her project Growing Together. Romina has participated in group shows in Caracas and New York and had her first solo exhibition in Caracas for her project To Live.  

 

 
 Susan Falzone  Susan is a documentary and portrait photographer based in Connecticut. Her work focuses on contemporary social issues, with a special interest in healthcare-related stories. Her goal is to help communities in need and raise awareness through her work.  She has been exhibited in various group shows in New York City, as well as the International Pingyao Photo Festival in China. Her work has been featured online and in print, including NPR's 100 Words: The Picture Show; feature shoot, The Great All Embracing Beds Book, by FOAM Magazine; New York Photo Festival Blog; and FotoVisura Spotlight. Her accomplishments include First Place in the Older People In The Media Awards; an Honorable Mention for the Jacob Riis Award; Placed in the International Photography Awards in People (Family); and Honorable Mentions in Feature and Editorial stories.   Susan is a graduate of the International Center of Photography in NYC. Her guest lectures include Yale University, Sacred Heart University, Williston Northampton School and the Alzheimer’s CT Education Conference.

Susan Falzone

Susan is a documentary and portrait photographer based in Connecticut. Her work focuses on contemporary social issues, with a special interest in healthcare-related stories. Her goal is to help communities in need and raise awareness through her work.

She has been exhibited in various group shows in New York City, as well as the International Pingyao Photo Festival in China. Her work has been featured online and in print, including NPR's 100 Words: The Picture Show; feature shoot, The Great All Embracing Beds Book, by FOAM Magazine; New York Photo Festival Blog; and FotoVisura Spotlight. Her accomplishments include First Place in the Older People In The Media Awards; an Honorable Mention for the Jacob Riis Award; Placed in the International Photography Awards in People (Family); and Honorable Mentions in Feature and Editorial stories. 

Susan is a graduate of the International Center of Photography in NYC. Her guest lectures include Yale University, Sacred Heart University, Williston Northampton School and the Alzheimer’s CT Education Conference.

  Linda Kessler   is a painter, photographer and educator who began her love of art at the age of 11. Her interest in painting and photography, often marrying the two mediums, is demonstrated in her recent project, “Subway Sleepers”. A study of subway riders in slumber on New York City subways was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and was exhibited in a solo show in New York City in June 2016. A graduate degree in mental health counseling from Northeastern University sparked her interest in psychology in her early years. This led to a position as supervisor of an art therapy program at a major hospital in NYC. As an educator she taught painting in Brazil and fine art and photography in middle/high school for the New York City Department of Education for fifteen years. Ms. Kessler currently volunteers her time and teaches photography to veterans, the brain-injured survivors community, and immigrant high school students. She currently lives and works in her hometown, Brooklyn Heights, New York.

Linda Kessler

is a painter, photographer and educator who began her love of art at the age of 11. Her interest in painting and photography, often marrying the two mediums, is demonstrated in her recent project, “Subway Sleepers”. A study of subway riders in slumber on New York City subways was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and was exhibited in a solo show in New York City in June 2016. A graduate degree in mental health counseling from Northeastern University sparked her interest in psychology in her early years. This led to a position as supervisor of an art therapy program at a major hospital in NYC. As an educator she taught painting in Brazil and fine art and photography in middle/high school for the New York City Department of Education for fifteen years. Ms. Kessler currently volunteers her time and teaches photography to veterans, the brain-injured survivors community, and immigrant high school students. She currently lives and works in her hometown, Brooklyn Heights, New York.

  Teanna Woods Okojie   Sunny San Diego California native, Teanna "Tee" Woods Okojie, has created a special and unique way of integrating her love for children & families through photography. With a heart for social change and passion for ethical representation in documentary portraiture. Teanna's visual focus remains on the current social, economic, racial & education injustices affecting our world.  She attended Brooks Institute receiving her Bachelor's degree in Still Professional Photography & Commercial Advertising, began her early stages in photography in high school, as a sophomore. Teanna was traditionally trained in film photography and development, darkroom printing and digital photography. She received early recagination for her work entering local state and county fairs and placing first and second throughout her county.   After graduating Brooks Institute, Teanna pursed a career in edortial children's and teens fashion, which evolved into documentary portraiture focused on children and families. She also began teaching photography to children and adults in the United States and overseas early in her career. Her work has been exhibited throughout Los Angeles, Brooklyn, New York City, both South & West Africa.  Teanna is currently working domestically & internationally. Her current project locations include exstensive work throughout the continent of Africa, continued photographic series in Lagos, Nigeria.

Teanna Woods Okojie

Sunny San Diego California native, Teanna "Tee" Woods Okojie, has created a special and unique way of integrating her love for children & families through photography. With a heart for social change and passion for ethical representation in documentary portraiture. Teanna's visual focus remains on the current social, economic, racial & education injustices affecting our world.

She attended Brooks Institute receiving her Bachelor's degree in Still Professional Photography & Commercial Advertising, began her early stages in photography in high school, as a sophomore. Teanna was traditionally trained in film photography and development, darkroom printing and digital photography. She received early recagination for her work entering local state and county fairs and placing first and second throughout her county. 

After graduating Brooks Institute, Teanna pursed a career in edortial children's and teens fashion, which evolved into documentary portraiture focused on children and families. She also began teaching photography to children and adults in the United States and overseas early in her career. Her work has been exhibited throughout Los Angeles, Brooklyn, New York City, both South & West Africa.

Teanna is currently working domestically & internationally. Her current project locations include exstensive work throughout the continent of Africa, continued photographic series in Lagos, Nigeria.