Internships - Meet the Fall 2019 Work Scholars

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Ben Brizuela, Collections and Inventory

What inspired you to apply for the Work Scholar Program?
The inspiration to apply was to learn and collaborate with other students/recent graduates who have similar interests in photography. It is also an opportunity to learn from professionals who have had immense exposure to the photography world.

What projects are you working on?
I am currently working on gathering materials for the Summer Open. In particular, I am preparing books and prints that will be shown and sold at the Summer Open. I am also in the process of conducting condition reports on Aperture’s limited-edition prints.

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Jamie Bernstein, Editorial (Books)

Where were you before starting the Work Scholar Program?
I recently graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in photography, and from Brown University with a minor in Japanese. I am a freelance photographer, with an interest in food photography.

How did you hear about the Work Scholar Program?
The program was recommended to me by my photography professor Brian Ulrich. As a photography student, the idea of the photobook has been encouraged frequently as a means for completing a body of work. I decided to apply for the Work Scholar Program, because this opportunity will allow me to explore my interests in the construction and development of a photobook in all aspects of the process.

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Angelica Calderon, Education and Public Programming

What is your background?
I am a proud Bronx native and artist, currently a rising senior studying visual arts with a concentration in photography at Mason Gross School of the Arts (Rutgers University-New Brunswick). Prior to Aperture, I archived feminist art at a women arts center and worked as an office/media assistant at a cultural center.

What inspired you to apply to the Work Scholar Program?
I am dedicated to arts education as an art student and aspiring photo educator, and I feel Aperture is a great opportunity to intertwine my passions of both photography and education. I am looking forward to developing my experience through organizing programs, giving tours, and understanding other aspects of photo education.

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Eli Cohen, Editorial (Magazine)

Where were you before you applied to the Work Scholar Program?
I recently graduated from Whitman College with a degree in anthropology and film and media studies. In addition to taking some photography and filmmaking courses at Whitman, I spent four years as an editor of our art and literary magazine, blue moon.

What projects are you currently working on?
I work with Brendan Embser, Aperture magazine’s managing editor. We currently are beginning work on the Winter 2019 issue of the magazine. Among other tasks, I have drafted a press release for the Fall 2019 issue, written image descriptions for a grant, and corresponded with museums around the world to inquire about upcoming photography exhibitions.

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Steven Davis, Digital Media

How did you hear about the Work Scholar Program?
I originally heard about the Work Scholar program through the New York Foundation for the Arts website. Working as a street photographer, I was, of course, familiar with Aperture and their influence on the photo world. I knew I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing foundation, and I’m very proud to be here!

What current projects are you working on?
I’m currently working on a number of projects, such as producing content for Aperture’s upcoming Fall 2019 books, including The New Black Vanguard, Provincetown, and PhotoWork. In addition to that, I’m writing content for our social feeds, assisting in running social marketing campaigns, and pitching content for our online publication.

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Clay Howard, Production

What is your background?
I majored in rhetoric and media and minored in studio art at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. I became interested in the publishing process after interning for a small Portland-based art magazine, where I worked as the lead graphic designer for one of their issues.

What inspired you to apply to the Work Scholar Program?
I was inspired to apply because I know I want to continue to work in the publishing world. Aperture is a massive step in the right direction for that.

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Celine Kim, Design

What is your background?
I am currently a senior at Parsons School of Design in the Communication Design department, studying graphic design. I focus on editorial and web design, as well as interactive design and experience.

How did you hear about the Work Scholar Program?
I’ve known about Aperture magazine for a while and was heavily drawn to its design and content. I was drawn to this program, as I would be able to design for an organization as a whole.

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Joanna Knutsen, Editorial (Books)

What is your background?
I grew up in San Francisco and recently graduated from New York University, where I studied art history and anthropology.

How did you hear about the Work Scholar Program?
At NYU, I often came across Aperture’s book and magazine publications during my research for class projects. I admire Aperture’s mission in creating a community of artists and writers within the field of photography. I knew the Work Scholar Program would be an incredible opportunity to learn more about photography and the business of a visual arts nonprofit organization.

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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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Owen Monroe, Special Events and Membership

What is your background?
I am currently a rising senior at Columbia University, with a double major in art history and English. Last summer, I worked as an intern at WaterFire, a public art events organization in Providence, Rhode Island, which fueled my interest in the nonprofit arts world and working in development and events.

What inspired you to apply for the Work Scholar Program?
Through my previous work and studies, I’ve found that art has the ability to bring people together and encourages inclusion, self-expression, and critical thinking. Aperture has a strong history as an organization, and the Work Scholar Program has many opportunities to explore nonprofit work and the art world, while connecting many passionate interns and workers. Aperture seemed like a great fit, and I am enjoying working here.

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Emily Patten, Editorial (Books)

Where were you before you applied to the Work Scholar Program?
I grew up in Delaware and recently graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology, where I received a BFA in advertising photography. I previously interned for Jason Fulford of J&L Books and photographer Daniel Shea, and I am also interested in pursuing freelance and personal shooting projects on the side during my time at Aperture.

What inspired you to apply?
I was inspired to apply because this program would allow me to explore the intersections of photography, books, and publishing from an incredible foundation that values photography from a progressive and educational perspective.

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Xuezhou Yang, Elaine Goldman and John Benis Intern

What is your background?
I graduated from Pratt Institute with a BFA in interior design and started working as a 3-D artist in a Brooklyn-based artist studio. Last year, I started my MA in visual arts administration, nonprofit track, at NYU.

What projects are you working on?
Right now, I am working on institutional funding projects, including a 2019 Department of Cultural Affairs report and archiving and planning funder prospects with my supervisor, Christopher Chiu.

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