Internships - Meet the Fall 2018 Work Scholars

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Anja Schwarzer, Digital Media

Where were you before starting the Work Scholar Program?
I recently graduated from Emerson College in Boston. I completed my BA in film production and a minor in photography. I am a photographer and a practicing screenwriter.

What projects are you currently working on?
I am currently helping my supervisor create video projects for photography books and upcoming events at Aperture!

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Claire Debost, Editorial (Books)

Where were you before starting the Work Scholar Program?
I grew up in France and I just graduated from Bard College in upstate New York, where I received a BA in photography and human rights. I previously interned at Les Rencontres d'Arles and at Magnum Foundation, which both have close ties with Aperture Foundation. 

What projects are you currently working on?
I am with the Editorial (books) department, and I am currently researching comparable titles for the Spring 2019 books, which has been very interesting.

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Bowen Fernie, Editorial (Books)

Where were you before starting the Work Scholar Program?
I grew up in Florence, Italy, and recently graduated from Bard College, where I majored in photography. I have been interning for Susan Meiselas and working occasional photography jobs when I have free time.

What projects are you currently working on?
I work in the editorial department and I am currently working on the initial stages of a few books.

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Kelsey Sucena, Editorial (Books)

What is your background?
I grew up on Long Island and received a BFA in photography from SUNY Purchase School of Art and Design. During the summers I work as a park ranger on Fire Island, where I try to find time to read and photograph. I'm currently pursuing an MFA with the folks over at Image Text Ithaca.

What projects are you currently working on?
I'm working closely with Aperture’s creative director and associate editor on a variety of book projects. I'm especially excited to be involved in the finalization of our next issue of The PhotoBook Review.

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Ellen Pong, Editorial (Magazine)

What inspired you to apply to the Work Scholar Program?
I was first introduced to Aperture a few years ago when I was assigned to read excerpts from the “Vision and Justice” issue of the magazine for an art history class. The essays were really impactful, and I have since become a diligent reader of Aperture’s publications. I decided to apply for the Work Scholar Program because this opportunity was one of few that would allow me to explore my various interests in writing, photography, and publishing.

What projects are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on image research for the Spring 2019 issue and various administrative tasks for the Winter 2018 issue.

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Alex Schlechter, Education & Public Programming

Where were you before starting the Work Scholar Program?
I just graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology, where I got my BFA studying fine-art photography and art history.

What inspired you to apply?
I worked with a lot of professors and alumni at RIT who recommended this program and spoke very highly of the foundation. Being a recent graduate, I am not entirely sure what my future holds, but this opportunity is an incredible learning experience and I am starting to figure out what I love to do. I’ve already learned a lot about how a non-profit organization works, as well as how to give tours and organize workshops and events, and the experience is really enriching.

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Adrian Martinez Chavez, Exhibitions

Where were you before starting the Work Scholar Program?
I grew up in the US after my family emigrated from Mexico. I studied photography at the University of Hartford's Hartford Art School in Connecticut, where I received my BFA in 2017. Before Aperture, I was an archive intern at the Richard Avedon Foundation.

How did you hear about the Work Scholar Program?
I first heard about the Work Scholar Program through Aperture's Instagram. I've been a follower and supporter of Aperture for several years and thought the Work Scholar Program would be an extremely informative and unique way to be involved in one of photography’s most influential organizations.

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Pheobe Wang, Finance/Operations

What inspired you to apply to the Work Scholar Program?
I am interested in how the finance and administration department operates within a non-profit and publishing setting. As a Finance/Operations work scholar, I work directly with the CFO. In this position, I am learning all aspects of financial, administrative, and operational functions at Aperture.

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Breanna Denney, Library & Archives

What is your background?
I received my degree in photojournalism from the University of Nevada, Reno, where I worked as both a photo editor and a freelance photographer before switching to pursue my interests in library science by becoming the assistant photo archivist at my university’s Special Collections and University Archives department. I also work at an art gallery as the archival intern.

What projects are you currently working on?
I am currently accessioning and cataloguing new additions to the library.

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Valery Pavlova, Magazine Publishing

What is your background?
I recently graduated from LIM College in New York City, where I received a master's degree in marketing. I previously interned at clothing retailer Net-a-Porter.

What inspired you to apply to the Work Scholar Program?
I am a self-taught photographer and one day I found The Photographer’s Playbook in a bookstore in New York, which was the first book published by Aperture that I read. After my research about Aperture, I got really inspired by Aperture's mission and the work the non-profit organization does. I believe that the Work Scholar Program is an incredible opportunity to learn about the ins and out of how an organization like Aperture operates.

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Charis Morgan, Production

What is your background?
I am currently finishing my last semester at Columbia University, where I will receive a BA in visual art. I work mainly in photography, although I have begun working sculpturally during my final year.

How did you hear about the Work Scholar Program?
I was the Magazine Circulation work scholar in the fall of 2018, and I decided to continue my time with Aperture in the production department for spring 2019.

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Jinny Choi, Publicity & Events

What is your background?
I studied English literature in undergrad with a focus on the intersection between literature and the subsequent art it bred. I also work at an art museum in the Upper East Side.

What inspired you to apply?
I found out about the program through Instagram. I love the artists Aperture represents and works with, which is what inspired me to apply.

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Drew Leventhal, Special Events & Membership

Where were you before starting the Work Scholar Program?
I studied at Vassar College, with a degree in visual anthropology in 2017. Afterwards I studied for a year at the International Center of Photography. I am also a working photographer, shooting portraits, cover art, and music videos for NYC musicians.

How did you hear about the Work Scholar Program?
I heard about it at ICP, where a number of alumni have become work scholars. I was inspired to apply because it was an opportunity to meet and be around fantastic people and artists who all love photography!

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