Advisors to the Photography Department

The Industry Advisors provide the department with key insights and expertise to ensure that we continue to offer contemporary, career-relevant programs that promote student success.

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Dean Birinyi

Dean began his photographic career in 1986 photographing babies in K-mart department stores. Trained as a large format photographer Dean has specialized in photographing architecture and interior design exclusively since 1992. A member of ASMP and APA Dean advocates, and practices a policy of lifelong professional development to remain abreast of the advances in photographic technologies.

Dean Birinyi

Joe bounced between Northern California and South Florida since the age of 5. He became interested in photography and design through the work of Art Brewer, David Carson, Man Ray, and Tibor Kalman. During summer vacations, Joe began documenting white water culture on the American River in the Sierra Nevada. San Francisco became home in 1991 where he began photographing for advertising, editorial, and catalog clients. Joe and his wife enjoy raising their creative little girl by the ocean. Joe is an alumnus of CCSF PHOTO.

Joe Budd

An avid technologist in the world of commercial advertising and production, Jason specializes in Creative Ops System Architecture & Workflows, Content Management, Digital Asset Management, Rights Management, and Production Systems Support. Currently, Jason works as the Digital Asset Systems Manager for Tailored Brands, Inc. With over 15 years in marketing & advertising strategy, Jason made the jump to technology in commercial production environments over three years ago. A former student of CCSF, Jason received a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of San Francisco.

Jason L. Carter

Liam Clickenger.

An image maker at heart, educator by nature, and business manager by trade, Liam Clickenger wears many hats and draws from a deep trough of experiences from throughout the photo industry. His photographic work typically includes cultural and environmental themes, charged with personal perspective and social commentary. Through his work with diverse student and community populations, Liam is deeply connected to pursuits of equitable access, and strives to practice radical inclusion. Liam is co-owner of Capitol Art studios, Director of APA San Francisco, teaches and consults on the topics of digital imaging and business, and is a founding member of APA’s Diversity Committee. 

Liam Clickenger

Samntha Cooper

Samantha Cooper is a Producer, Editor, and Photographer based in Oakland, CA. Originally from Los Angeles, she attended the University of California at Santa Cruz where she received her BA in Film and Video. She has taught multiple photography courses at the Harvey Milk Photo Center and has worked at Airbnb and Instagram as a Photo + Video Curator. She is currently the Senior Photo Editor, Platforms at WIRED. Samantha is also a CCSF PHOT alumn.

Samantha Cooper

Gene Dominique

Gene Dominique is a life-long Bay Area resident. He earned a BA degree in photojournalism at San Jose State University and a law degree from UC Hastings College. He practiced law for thirty years. In 2015 Gene returned to his true passion: a full-time art practice centered on photography.

Gene's explorations in photography include a deep dive into a variety of genres from documentary, abstract and still-life to portraiture. He has exhibited widely. Gene's current work includes the documentary series, Still Here – African American Farmers in the 21st Century, which is a study of the contemporary life of Black farmers in the United States. 

Volunteerism is an important part of Gene's art practice. In 2016 he founded CameraAngels, a donation program that solicits used cameras and related gear for young people. In addition, Gene joined the board of SF Camerawork in 2020.

Gene says he frequently looks to a quote by the photojournalist Gordon Parks -which hangs in his studio composited over a portrait of his great great grandfather- for inspiration. About the craft, Parks once noted “You know, the camera is not meant just to show misery. You can show things that you like about the universe, things that you hate about the universe. It's capable of doing both.” 

Gene Dominique

Romeo Durscher is the Director of Education at DJI, manufacturer of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Romeo has established himself as one of the top aerial panorama photographers in the world, traveling to various locations and capturing some of the most stunning and inspiring views from above. Romeo founded as a place created to share tips, tricks, and reviews of various UAVs and gadgets used for aerial videography and photography. Romeo’s work has been published in various magazines, books, newspapers, and galleries across the globe. His latest adventure was flying DJI drones and broadcasting live on ABC Good Morning America from inside the world's largest cave in Vietnam. Romeo speaks at conferences about the possibilities and advantages of unmanned aerial vehicles for industry, commercial and private use. His concerns are safe integration into airspace, respecting one’s privacy and smart operation of this technology. His work can be followed on Twitter at @RomeoCH and on Instagram at VisualAerials.

Romeo Durscher

Jung Fitzpatrick

Jung is a portrait and product photographer. She loves helping her clientele of small businesses, entrepreneurs, creatives, and change makers tell their stories with beautiful still and moving images. In a former life, Jung was a nonprofit strategic planning consultant. When she took the leap to pursue her dream of becoming a photographer, she attended City College of San Francisco for its great technical training in photo and video production. Jung believes giving back is an important practice as a businesswoman and artist. She is an active CCSF alumna, serves in various roles in the community, and does pro/low bono work for local causes.

Jung Fitzpatrick

Ann M. Jastrab

Ann M. Jastrab is the Executive Director at the Center for Photographic Art (CPA) in Carmel, California.  CPA strives to advance photography through education, exhibition and publication. These regional traditions—including mastery of craft, the concept of mentorship, and dedication to the photographic arts—evolved out of CPA's predecessor, the renowned Friends of Photography established in 1967 by iconic artists Ansel Adams, Wynn Bullock and Cole Weston. While respecting these West Coast traditions, CPA is also at the vanguard of the future of photographic imagery. Before coming onboard at CPA, Ann was the gallery manager at Scott Nichols Gallery in San Francisco where she incorporated contemporary artists with the living legends photography.

Ann also worked as the gallery director at RayKo Photo Center in San Francisco for 10 years until their closure in 2017. Ann has curated many shows in the Bay Area while simultaneously jurying, curating, and organizing numerous exhibitions for other national and international venues outside of San Francisco. She has reviewed portfolios for a multitude of organizations including the Seoul International Photography Festival in Korea, Fotofest, Photolucida, GuatePhoto, PhotoNola, Review Santa Fe, Medium, Palm Springs Photo Festival, Filter, PhotoAlliance, and Lishui International Photography Festival in China as well as being a juror for Critical Mass. While being a champion of artists, she created a thriving artist-in-residence program at RayKo where recent residents Meghann Riepenhoff, Carlos Javier Ortiz, Kathya Maria Landeros, and McNair Evans all received Guggenheim Fellowships.

Besides being a curator, Ann Jastrab, MFA, is a fine art photographer, master darkroom printer, and teacher as well.

Robyn Kessler is a CCSF alumnus specializing in photographing dogs and weddings. She says "I feel that this is what I was meant to do, for nothing is quite so thrilling as knowing that I preserved a moment of great meaning to somebody. As I enter people's homes and they let me into their lives for an afternoon, sharing the stories and history of their furry companion, I am continually reminded that I have one of the greatest jobs in the world. It is such a treat to be able to catch these glimpses of devotion and friendship, each one unique, each one the cause of so much happiness in someone's life."

Robyn Kessler / Robyn Kessler Photography & Verité Photography

Nader Khouri

Nader Khouri is a recognized food & lifestyle photographer & director who will breathe a sigh of relief into your brand. His past life as a photojournalist taught him to approach his work with a sense of authenticity and he comes to every project with a great attitude and 110%. He shoots in his San Francisco studio or on location.

Nader Khouri

Gene X Hwang

Orange Photography is a full-service agency providing photography for both organizations and individuals. Over the years we've acquired a reputation for being a large studio, but we're actually a close-knit team of experienced professionals providing cutting edge photo and video services. We pride ourselves on our responsiveness, flexibility, and ability to understand our client's visions and needs. Our client service team will inform you of all creative options available and will always recommend the most inclusive package for any budget.

Gene X Hwang / Orange Photography

Tom Levy, a San Francisco native and CCSF photography alumnus, earned a BA in journalism from San Francisco State University. Before turning freelance, he was an award-winning newspaper photojournalist, including eight years at the San Francisco Chronicle. He has also taught photojournalism at SF State, shot 16mm film, been a lighting/electrical grip and during seven years in Hawaii added writing and graphic design to his skill set. Tom has held staff jobs as writer/photographer at nonprofits in Hawaii and the East Bay, and now freelances as a writer, photographer and videographer. He lives in Oakland with his wife of 24 years and their teenage son.

Tom Levy

Rocky McCorkle is an internationally exhibited photographer who lives in San Francisco. McCorkle received his BFA in Photography from The Ohio State University and his MFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute. He has shown extensively throughout the United States and abroad including Boston, New York, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Toronto, and Busan, Korea. In 2012, McCorkle’s You & Me On A Sunny Day was selected as the Analog Winner for EXPOSURE 2011 International Photography Award. McCorkle’s work from this series is in the permanent collection at the Berkeley Art Museum (BAM/PFA) and the Tweed Museum of Art.

Rocky McCorckle

Stan Musilek

Born in prague (before prague was cool) / makes darkroom in mother’s pantry / gets grounded / photographs neighbor’s dog (relentlessly) / family flees czechoslovakia / becomes german / college in heidelberg / studies mathematics / realizes photography can be sexier than math / assists / shoots naked girls / forgets math ever existed / shoots jumbo jets / over assisting / becomes american / wins men's ncaa soccer championship / starves / parties / works ass off / strange year-long motorcycle trip to the tip of south america and back / opens studio in san francisco / shoots first apple imac / shoots porcupines / shoots fashion / shoots still life / advertising / editorial / first to embrace digital post / wins awards / opens 2nd studio in paris / befriends art directors (especially those that like shooting in paris) / kicks their ass in tennis / makes clients laugh / makes great work / the phone keeps ringing / hello?

Stan Musilek

Matt Osborne is a CCSF Photography Department alumni and runs Glass Key Photo - a small retail business specializing in film, vintage cameras and photography supplies.

Matt Osborne / Glass Key Photo

Nicolò Sertorio

Nicolò Sertorio (1968, Princeton NJ USA) is an internationally exhibited artist with over 15 years of experience in visual storytelling. Sertorio works in fine art photography, mixed media, collaboration, and conceptual art. His photos directly respond to the surrounding environment by emphasizing aesthetics and everyday experiences. His works tell a story about the effects of the interaction between self and others. His series are notable for their conceptual nature and the grand humanistic themes in his approach. Nicolò Sertorio currently lives and works in Oakland (CA), USA. His work is represented by Scott Nichols gallery and San Francisco MOMA artist gallery.

Nicolò Sertorio

Lisa Wiseman

Lisa Wiseman is an advertising and editorial portrait photographer. Lisa received her BA in sociology from the University of California Berkeley graduating Magna Cum Laude and her BFA in photography from The Academy of Art University. She is the recipient of numerous distinctions including PDN’s 30. She lives in San Francisco and travels regularly for both assignments and personal work. Some of her clients include Ogilvy & Mather, Pentagram, Eleven, Newsweek, Comcast, Pfizer, BBDO, Wells Fargo, AAA, Wired and Yoga Journal. Her work may be viewed at

Lisa Wiseman

Sue Yerou

Sue Yerou is a New York native who started her career at Avon in the ‘90s. It was in the fast-paced world of advertising, where she mastered her retouching skills in the newly digital world of photography. Her work in advertising took her all the way to Sydney where she continued to develop her professional eye from a new perspective surrounded by global style trends. Sue has settled in San Francisco and joined the ranks of Gap, Inc. as lead retoucher.

Sue Yerou