Faculty and Staff
Stephen Callis is a photographer and educator from Los Angeles. He received his MFA from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). His work, “As Water Stories Go...”, a documentary project about the L.A. River has been exhibited at Santa Ana College, El Camino College Art Gallery; University Art Gallery, Cal State L.A.; and Orange Coast College. This work has also been published in Architecture California, Framework, and Blake Gumprecht’s book, The Los Angeles River. His photonovelas dramatizing the lives of immigrant workers in Los Angeles have been distributed nationally as well as exhibited throughout Southern California and Mexico.
John Grzywacz-Gray studied at the Institute of Design, ITT, UCLA, UCB, and Moorpark College.
He joined the faculty at Moorpark College in 1971 as a Graphic
Design and Photographer Instructor. John was awarded two Moorpark College Foundation Grants and in 2002 he received the Moorpark College Faculty Chair award. With Desktop Design he developed the electronic newspaper "The News Navigator" for Apple Computers.
With the faculty at Ventura College, Moorpark College and Oxnard
College developed the degree patterns for Multimedia, Animation and
Webcasting. He was a member from 1997-2004 as the representative for
the Implementation team for the South Coast Regional Multimedia
Educational center. John been active in learning community
development at Moorpark College. He was a member of the first learning
Community, a 4 person team that taught the first coordinated studies program.
Becky Brister graduated from Moorpark College in 2001 after receiving her A.S. in Photography. She went on to do her undergraduate study at U.C. Riverside where she studied with Uta Barth. In 2006 she graduated from UCLA with a MFA in Photography. Becky started teaching at Moorpark in 2006. She also has assisted, Uta Barth, John Divola and James Welling. Besides teaching, she is showing her work in galleries in the U.S. and freelances as a photographer and photo editor.
I was born and raised in Mexico City, where I worked in the entertainment industry. Learning English in the US as an adult gave me a unique perspective on the language’s nuances. The Museum Of Latin American Art, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and Torrance Art Museum have exhibited my work. I employ video, performance and photography in the way the mass media does, using humor and wit to delve into issues of immigration, cultural stereotypes, identity and being bilingual. As both an insider and outsider, I look at the machinations of American culture.
I received my MA from CSU Northridge in 2013, and a Master of Fine Arts at CSU Long Beach in 2018. I teach photography at CSU Northridge, Moorpark Community College, College Of the Canyons and Citrus College.
Director and Producer Corina Gamma is an emerging documentary filmmaker and accomplished fine-art photographer. Between 2009 and 2011 she traveled three times to Greenland and has spent over four months photographing and developing the documentary GATEKEEPERS OF THE ARCTIC. In her extensive research on Greenland’s environment and culture, she visited the many settlements and towns from the southern tip to the most northern village Siorapaluk. In May 2011 she joined climatologist Dr. Konrad Steffen and his expedition to Swiss Camp on the Inland Ice Sheet. She spent three weeks camping out on the ice together with the researchers, to witness their fieldwork. CORINA GAMMA applies her experience in fine-art photography towards her documentaries to create films that are artistic, yet of social-political significance. She seeks subject matters that explore the relationship between people and their environment, often reaching to the margins of human habitation. Her recently produced and directed visual essay WHERE JOURNEYS MEET, won the Wildlife Award at the San Francisco Ocean Film Festival. CORINA GAMMA produced and directed the documentary film TIES ON A FENCE that was shown in film festivals nation-wide and won two awards for Best Documentary. The film explored the lives of women on the fringes of society in downtown Los Angeles. CORINA GAMMA is Swiss born and studied fine art in Switzerland and the United States. She earned a Masters in Fine Arts from the Claremont Graduate University in California. Currently, she teaches college-level fine art photography.
William Short is an artist/photographer based in Los Angeles, California specializing in architectural, editorial and documentary photography. His commercial work has been published in Library Journal: The Year in Architecture, "Dream House, Los Angeles," Panache, The New York Times, International Wood, Design, Glas, Luxury, Life & Style, Casa Ventana, Southbay Home and Beach. His personal work has been published and widely exhibited in the United States, Germany, Japan, Australia and Viet Nam. His many professional awards include; a National Endowment for the Arts Travel Grant, a Jackson Pollock/Lee Krasner Foundation Artist Grant and he was an artist in residence at the Addison Gallery of American Art in Massachusetts for 2 years. He has 25 plus years teaching experience, having taught at the University of Southern California, the California Institute of the Arts, Moorpark College and Santa Monica College. He has also been a commentator for National Public Radio.
Karin Johansson is a Swedish photographer whose work has been exhibited internationally. Johansson’s photographic series provide intimate glimpses into people’s private worlds. Photographing her subjects when they are at home, or relaxed with friends, she captures how individual personalities intersect with social context. Johansson received an MFA in Photography at California Institute of the Arts and a BFA from Gothenburg University in Sweden.