Academy of Art University Photography Students Win CMYK Magazine Contest
Four Academy of Art University School of Photography students’ work will be featured in the
upcoming Summer/Fall issue of
CMYK magazine, hitting newsstands in August. Veneta
Zaharieva, Jasmine Rydell, Carmen Holt and Charles Merida are all winners of the most high-profile
emerging creative portfolio contest in the nation.
CMYK’s quarterly contest gives artists the opportunity to
have their work published and seen by the most influential creative professionals.
The students’ work spans a wide range of genres. Jasmine Rydell’s winning fashion image seeks
to provoke emotion as well as discussion about gender roles.
“I created the image
Girl On A Red Leash in order to use fashion as a means to
question and record society. Like many of my photographs, this image portrays a young female who is
sexy, yet strong and independent. Although she is being restrained, she exudes confidence and will
power,” she explains in her artist statement.
And though some may find
Girl on Red Leash offensive, Jasmine sees that as an
“I aspire to have all my photographs challenge viewers to form opinions on the subject,
whether positive or negative,” she writes.
“Girl on a Red Leash” by Jasmine Rydell
Charles Merida took his image
Blackbird on a foggy day while driving down Highway 1.
Though visibility was low, the blackbird stood out against the bright green field.
“It's exciting to have my work published and I can’t wait to see it printed in the magazine,”
“Blackbird” by Charles Merida
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