David Blumenkrantz

Associate Professor
Office location:
MZ 326 Office hours M 11-1 p.m. , T 1-2 p.m.


B.A. 1985, California State University, Northridge
M.A. 2003, California State University, Northridge
M.F.A. 2009, California State University, Northridge

Prof. Blumenkrantz's professional experience includes eight years living and working Africa, where he traveled extensively documenting issues related to relief and development, including urban poverty, street children, civil war, refugees, education, health and water development. During this time, he ran a series of photography workshops at the French Cultural Centre in Nairobi, Kenya, and taught photography to former rebel soldiers in Eritrea. In 2010, David travelled to Angola to document the programs of UNICEF. His images of Africa have been widely exhibited, including a one-person show on refugee life at an All-Africa Conference of Churches event in Zimbabwe, and a retrospective of his Africa work at the Watts Towers Art Center in Los Angeles. Photographs from this collection have also been widely published in academic journals, textbooks, magazines and newspapers around the world. In the United States, David has worked as a photographer for the Los Angeles Times, and has taught for the CSUN Art Department, Los Angeles Valley College, Pierce College, the Art Institute of Pittsburg's Online Division, the Los Angeles Unified School District, and the Cultural Affairs Department of the City of Los Angeles. Came to CSUN in 2003.


J250 Visual Communication, Spring 2014
J350 Photojournalism, Spring 2014
J455 Documentary Photojournalism, Spring 2014 
J498 Tutorial:Photography as Activism, Spring 2014