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Southern California native Amanda Keller Konya (www.amandakellerkonya.com) received an MFA from Otis College of Art and Design, a BFA from California Institute of the Arts and an MA from California State University, Northridge. Keller Konya’s photographic practice is multifaceted. Her clients have included: Clear Channel, CBS, Herrera MediaWorks and the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles. Keller Konya’s personal work engages a critical evaluation of photography and its continuing state of flux. She takes on the sociopolitical within her work, addressing issues such as toxicity, school closures, foodstuff, land use and public/private space. Keller Konya’s work has been exhibited regionally and internationally at a variety of cultural institutions including: The University of Texas Centennial Museum, The Annenberg Space for Photography, the Studio for Southern California History and the Angkor Photography Festival in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Her images have been included in publications such as: Ornamental Others, Orion Magazine and The Story of O exhibition catalogue. In addition to her Los Angeles based studio practice, Keller Konya teaches at California State University Northridge, El Camino College, Long Beach City College and The Los Angeles Center of Photography.
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Julia Dean Interviews Amanda Keller-Konya
LACP Founder and Executive Director Julia Dean asks Amanda Keller-Konya ten questions about her background, career in and beliefs about photography …
Julia Dean: What kind of photographer are you?
Amanda Keller-Konya: My photographic practice is multifaceted. I’ve worked with clients such as: Clear Channel, CBS, Herrera MediaWorks and the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles. While my personal work engages a critical evaluation of photography and its continuing state of flux. I also take on the sociopolitical within my work, addressing issues such as toxicity, school closures, foodstuff, land use and public/private space.
JD: How long have you been shooting?
AK-K: Too long to think about without feeling old.
JD: Where did you get your training?
AK-K: I received an MFA from Otis College of Art and Design, a BFA from California Institute of the Arts and an MA from California State University, Northridge. One of my favorite things about photography is that it always offers the opportunity to learn more. I love attending workshops, seminars and conferences to keep current in the field. As a photographic educator I feel it is my responsibility to keep up with the rapid changes in technology as well as the current theoretical conversations around image making.
JD: When did you know you wanted to devote your life to photography?
AK-K: Probably around the age of 7 or 8 when I was obsessed with setting up shoe box dioramas in the garage and photographing them with my dad’s Pentax Spotmatic. The exposures were always terrible!
JD: Did you ever come close to giving up?
AK-K: I’ve never come close to giving up; however, I have had periods of time where image making seems impossible. I’ve learned not to overthink these challenging periods. The need and desire to produce images always returns!
JD: Have you sacrificed anything by being a photographer?
JD: What have you gained by being a photographer?
AK-K: Being a photographer has allowed me to communicate more easily. I also feel the act of photographing results in powerful experiences, the opportunity to make connections and walk through doors you may not have otherwise explored.
JD: What classes do you teach at LACP?
AK-K: “How to Use a Digital Camera: SLR” and “Basic Photography”
JD: What do you love most about teaching?
AK-K: The interaction with both my students and colleagues. Both groups continually inspire, challenge and impress me.
JD: What advice would you give someone who is thinking about making a career in photography?
AK-K: Be prepared to work harder than ever before, study with as many different photographers as possible, support your peers and make the work that interests you rather than the work you think others want to see from you.