Institute for Arts and Media

Partners & Projects

L.A. as Subject

L.A. as Subject is a network of different entities dedicated to preserving and improving access to the archival and unique material documenting Los Angeles history.

El Nuevo Sol

El Nuevo Sol is a multimedia project of the journalism program in Spanish from California State University, Northridge.

 California African American Museum
California African American Museum.
600 State Drive, Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA 90037
Tue-Sat from 10am-5pm and Sunday from 11am-5pm. Admission is free. The parking entrance is at 39th Street and Figueroa. Parking is $8 per vehicle

Los Angeles United Methodist Museum of Social Justice

The museum and educational center is housed in the historic La Plaza United Methodist Church at the intersection of the Los Angeles Plaza and famous Olvera Street. The Museum and Education Center will carry on in the tradition of the founder’s commitment to social justice issues such as ministry to the poor, abolition, women’s suffrage, and civil rights.

 The Center for the Study of Political Graphics
The Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG) has the largest collection of Post World War II graphics in the United States with over 75,000 posters. CSPG collects, preserves, and exhibits posters relating to historical and contemporary movements for social change.

 Interview with Willie Middlebrook by Veronica Aberham
Interview with Willie Middlebrook by Veronica Aberham.
Willie Middlebrook has dedicated his life to the arts and to giving back to the community. With each photo and digital creation Willie shaped and molded the true light and essence of people, becoming a well-respected artist in the community.

Pacific Standard Time
Pacific Standard Time is an unprecedented collaboration of more than sixty cultural institutions across Southern California, coming together to tell the story of the birth of the L.A. art scene. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.




Edward Alfano

Professor, California State University Northridge


Edward Alfano has been a professor of Art at California State University, Northridge since 1989. During the past 30 years, Edward Alfano has pursued a career as a professional photographer and educator.  In 1999 he joined a group of LA photographers with an exhibit at the Akademie der Kunste in Berlin.  Alfano has exhibited in local venues in Los Angeles, as well as having solo exhibitions in Mexico City, Shanghai and Seoul. As a Professor of Art at California State University, Northridge, he remains dedicated and committed to his teaching, hoping to assist his students in fostering their enthusiasm and passion for the work they create.

Bae Bien-u

Professor in Photography, Seoul Institute of the Arts, Seoul


Bae Bien-U, a point of contact between the heavens and the earth, captures the point between the visible and invisible world. Bien-U has been greatly inspired by the pine trees in Korea, especially in the suburbs of Gyeongju. His imagery includes the architecture of Jongmyo (the ancestral shrine of the royal family); the landscape of the Alhambra in Granada, Spain; the Changdeokgung Palace; Hyan il am; Orum; Tahiti, mountains, islands, pine grooves; seascapes and landscapes.

Dave Blumenkrantz

Professor, California State University Northridge

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While living in Kenya, Dave Blumenkrantz worked as a photojournalist and documentarian for various non-governmental organizations, including Inter-Aid International and UNICEF. As a freelancer, he was a regular contributor to newspapers and magazines in Kenya and elsewhere. Blumenkrantz taught photography workshops at the French Cultural Center in Nairobi, and conducted a training course in photography for former rebel soldiers in Eritrea. In 1992, he visited refugee camps in several African nations, compiling a documentary exhibition for the All Africa Conference of Churches. From 1992-1994, he ran an information department for the Undugu Society of Kenya, an organization dedicated to assisting street children and urban slum dwellers in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city.

Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race

Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race


A five-part project to restore the legacy of Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley
Alison Sotomayor and Lyn Goldfarb began Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race project to restore the legacy of Bradley and teach and inspire future generations of young people and leaders.
Bridging the Divide tells the story of Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley. Bradley was the first African-American Mayor of a major U.S. city elected with a White majority vote in 1973. Bradley changed the political process through his multi-racial coalition.

As mayor (1973-1993), Bradley paved the way for minority political empowerment by transforming the national dialogue about race and setting the foundation for sustainable inter-racial coalitions that, in later years, encouraged the elections of minority candidates. Bridging the Divide brings attention to Tom Bradley’s life, political career, and how he transformed the city of Los Angeles. The project highlights the challenges of inclusion that face cities and the complexities of coalitions in changing the dynamics of race in America.

Bridging the Divide documents the life and legacy of Bradley gathering written and photographic documents, including images from the archives of the Institute for Arts and Media, CSU Northridge.

Ringo Chiu



Living in Los Angeles, Ringo H.W. Chiu is a chief photographer for the Los Angeles Times Business Journal and works as a freelance photographer for the Los Angeles Times, Getty Images and Xinhua News Agency.
Born in China and raised in Hong Kong, Chiu graduated from Chu Hai College with a degree inJournalism and Mass Communication.  He earned his second B.A at California State University, Northridge with an emphasis in Photojournalism.

In 2001, he drove to New York City to capture the aftermath of the September 11th attacks.  Chiu has covered the flooding in Eastern China; the Sino-British meetings in Beijing; Amnesty for Chinese Illegal Immigrants in Macau; and the 1997 handover of Hong Kong to China by the British.

His work has been published all over the world including the Hong Kong Express and the Hong Kong Sing Tao Daily and Evening Post. Chiu has received numerous honors such as winning Canada’s Photojournalism Photography Award in the Applied Arts Magazine Annual Contest 2007; Press Photographer Association of Greater Los Angeles’s Picture of the Year in 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2010; and the Best Hong Kong News Photography in 1992, 1993 and 1994.

Ben Davis

Assistant Professor, Journalism, California State University Northridge

Davis served on the launch team for as an Interactive Producer/editor. He was the Washington Editor for NPR and a former Executive Producer for NPR’s Special Projects department. He also served on the Assignment Desk for ABC News in New York. He was a CBS reporter at WBTV News in Charlotte, N.C.. In 1992 he was a University of Michigan Knight-Wallace Fellow in Journalism. Davis has won numerous awards for journalism, including two Alfred I. duPont awards for broadcast. He graduated from Whittier College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and studied international relations at the University of Copenhagen.

Guo Genshang

Professor, Shandong Normal University, Jinan China

Guo Genshang is a professor at Shandong Normal University, Jinan China. Along with his graduate students he exhibited Hello Tibet – Exhibition of Photography Design Works at Cal State Northridge in 2011.

Hello Tibet

Hwang Son-Goo

Professor, Seoul Institute for the Arts

Dr. Jessica Kim

Dr. Jessica Kim as Associate Professor in the History Department.  She received her PhD in History from the University of Southern California in 2012, and subsequently held a postdoctoral fellowship from at the Huntington-USC Center for California and the West.  Her research focuses on the connections between Los Angeles and Mexico in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She also has expertise in public history, including serving as a curator of  the online exhibition “Form and Landscape: Southern California Edison and the Los Angeles Basin, 1940-1990” which is part of the Getty initiative Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A.

Lesley Krane

Professor, California State University Northridge


Lesley Krane grew up in Los Angeles, earning an A.A. degree from Santa Monica College (1987), a B.A. in Art from UCLA (1991), and an M.F.A. in Studio Art with a minor in Photography History from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque in 1995.

Krane began teaching in the Art Department at California State University Northridge in 1999 and has been a member of the full-time faculty at CSUN since 2002.  Committed to the practice of “slow photography,” Krane teaches her students to have a reverence and sensitivity for the medium.

Dr. Karin L. Stanford

Professor, California State University Northridge

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Dr. Karin L. Stanford is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Pan African Studies Department at CSUN. In partnership with the Institute for Arts and Media at CSUN, her most recent publication is a collection of historical images entitled, African Americans in Los Angeles. She is the author of several books and articles, including Black Gold: African American State Legislators in California; The Journal of Race and Policy Spring/Summer 2009 co-authored with Charles E. Jones; If We Must Die: African American Voices on War and Peace (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2009); and Breaking the Silence: Inspirational Stories of Black Cancer Survivors (Hilton Publishing, 2005. Her teaching interests are African American Politics, Race and Public Policy and Social Movements.