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I was born and raised just outside of Hollywood and moved to New York City in 2000 in order to pursue my work as a photographer. In 2008 I earned my BFA from the School of Visual Arts where I graduated with honors and twice received the Special Photography Award Scholarship. During my tenure at SVA I was mentored by Anohni (formerly referred to as Antony Hegarty who is part of the experimental musical group Antony and the Johnsons) and in 2007 I worked as a part time assistant in the studio of renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz.

More recently I've become involved with the artist collective known as Openings where, for four years, I served on the governing body. During this time I acted as co-curator of the Openings' sponsored nondominational group exhibitions held inside the historic church of St Paul The Apostle - one of the oldest living churches in Manhattan. 

In addition to curating I've been spending time creating creative social media content. In 2015 I attended SXSW obo BMG where I live reported directly from music venues while BMG's clients performed. In 2016 I was responsible for the social media platforms obo the Albert Camus Estate where my images were used to promote the programming of "Camus: A Stranger In The City". This series of events, which was reviewed twice by the New York Times,
commemorated the 70th anniversary of Camus' one and only trip to the U.S.A. and featured iconic luminaries Patti Smith, Eric Andersen, David Amram, and Viggo Mortensen.   

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