Posts tagged: Ron Amato

Meet Oliver Amato-Muzzy

By , August 28, 2012 3:44 pm

Please welcome Oliver, the latest member of the photography department’s extended canine family. The five-year-old Smooth Fox Terrier was adopted from a Rhode Island rescue facility by Ron Amato, chair of the photography department and his husband Seth Muzzy. “He’s changing every day,” says Amato. Oliver it appears has discriminating tastes. “Last night he was playing with all his toys. This morning he wanted nothing to do with them.” 

Oliver Amato-Muzzy

“Why the long face Oliver?” asks assistant chair Brad Paris the owner of a mutt named Pill.  Well for one thing Oliver had 11 teeth extracted last week, not long after being neutered. It’s a lot for a little fellow to go through, but Amato says his boy is very resilient.

Ron Amato, Oliver & Seth Muzzy

We hope for Oliver’s speedy recovery.

 photos: Ron Amato

“My Italian Experience”

By , July 8, 2011 4:00 pm

“Bringing everything I learned from FIT into this new ‘world’ was challenging and exciting,” writes Alex Lilja of his PH311 International Photographic Study and Practice abroad experience. The summer program, led by incoming chair of FIT’s photography department, Ron Amato, included two weeks in Florence and Milan and three days in Como. 

photo by Alex Lilja

“Surrounded by beautiful scenery, architecture, culture, and people, I quickly fell into a niche of exploring ‘off the beaten path,’” writes Alex.

photo by Alex Lilja

“The people here have such a somber and relaxed lifestyle, which unknowingly to them helped us fulfill our assignments and produce aesthetically pleasing photographs.”

Photo by Jenifer Thomas

Photo by Elle Loughan

From a post on the FIT Photography in Italy blog ( by Marvin Menke: “From the vantage of an outsider looking in, I think I learned to appreciate the quiet moments just a little bit more.”“Comfort behind the camera, as well as with our subjects, proved to be essential to us, whether in the studio at the Politecico Di Milano, or out roaming the streets of Florence,” writes Alex.

Photo by Marvin Menke

“Being in a foreign country, for some of us the first time, can be overwhelming and easily detract from the quality of our photographs.  But this was not the case. The amount of time spent outside of class exploring our new city, balanced perfectly with our scheduled museum trips and lesson plans.”

Photo by Marvin Menke

“Without that structure,” writes Alex, “I feel, we would not have been able to appreciate the culture and history that is Italy.”

For a look at the type of summer abroad courses FIT offers go to:

All photos used with permission

Black History Month–photos, controversy, conversation

By , June 24, 2010 6:20 pm

“Discussions about ‘blackness’ continue to be provocative,” noted Dr. Erika Massaquoi, Assistant Dean of the School of Art & Design in opening remarks at Spring 2010 Dean’s Dialog,  “Beyond Black History: Multicultural Trends in Photo Documentary Practice.”

blog1-scarville-053photo: Keisha Scarville

The title was chosen to reflect on conversations of recent topics such as the film “Precious,” the play “Fela,” and anti-abortion messages of black children as “endangered species.”


Photo: Ozier Muhammad

The work of five photographers were presented, whose work embodies social and cultural complexities of difference.

use-candidate_obama_ohioPhoto: Ozier Muhammad

Discussion pertained to documentary works that present political, social, or historical subject matter in an informative manner.

essayOM19Photo: Ozier Muhammad

“Current conversations about ‘difference’ include the cultural impact of globalization, sexuality, nationhood, gender, freedom of expression, and social justice,” said Dr. Massaquoi.


Photo: Nan Goldin

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“I was able to identify one connecting visual theme,” said Dr. Massaquoi “and that is the use of the body—which is used creatively–to seek cultural autonomy, and to advance and raise consciousness.”

clifford_owens1Photo: Clifford Owens

use-scarville_keisha072photo: Keisha Scarville


Photo: Ozier Muhammad

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