Practicing as a Professional panel discussion

MICA Photo Alumni return to share experiences with current students…

Photo alumni from the class of 2012 return for a forum to discuss their experiences “Practicing as a Professional”. Please come, ask questions, and be a part of the discussion!


                                 Jess Marx                                                           Kyle Tata                                          Suzannah Zak

Monday November 21st • 4:00PM • BROWN 320

Pizza & refreshments following the presentation in M010


Jess Marx ’12

After graduating MICA, Jessica worked as a full time photographer at the Baltimore Under Armour ecommerce studio for three years. She developed the lighting and styling direction for the accessories and footwear on and has art directed and photographed many web and print editorials. She then began as a freelance photographer/ assistant/ stylist in Baltimore. Her work ranged from assisting on a Martha Stuart editorial, shooting Pennsylvania based furniture makers, to stylingMLB players in the Orioles and National Stadiums for UA commercials. She is now based in Brooklyn, NY is a freelance food and product photographer. She freelances for the New York Times Recipe Section and photographs packaging, social media, and editorials for food and product based companies.

Kyle Tata ’12
Since graduating in 2012, Kyle Tata has been exhibited his work at various galleries and institutions across the country such as Current Space Gallery, SpudnikGallery and Press (Chicago,IL), Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, Walters Art Museum, Aqua Art Miami, Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, The International Print Center of New York and Hamiltonian Gallery. In 2014 he was selected as a finalist for the Walter and Janet Sondheim Prize. In addition to his personal studiopractice, Kyle has been the photography instructor at Baltimore School for the Arts since 2013, teaching classes in darkroom and digital photography. He is currently in the fellowship program at the Hamiltonian Gallery in DC.

Suzie Zak ’12
Suzanna Zak is an artist based in Los Angeles. Her practice combines photography, sculpture, and artist books. She is concerned with how we come to understand place. Zak employs a variety of strategies that point to the many expressions of a singular space. Often working with found objects including print ephemera, her collections depict a variety of representations focusing around a central locale. In addition, Zak runs the artist book press, Rock Bottom, where she publishes her own work and collaborates with other artists. Zak was the 2012 recipient of the Meyer Photography Traveling Fellowship and has exhibited at various spaces such as Kimberly-Klark (Queens), Center for Photography at Woodstock (New York), LAND&SEA (Oakland), GOLD (Los Angeles), Embassy (Los Angeles), Good Press (Glasgow, Scotland), Sydney Gallery (Sydney, Australia), and Gether Contemporary (Copenhagen, Denmark). Suzie Zak has been an artist assistant to WaleadBeshty since 2013. She is also an avid mushroom hunter and rock climber.

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