Bagus Himawan (Iwan) was born in Jakarta, Indonesia. He received a B.A. in Economics in Jakarta and soon after he moved to Washington, D.C. to pursue his education further. He earned his M.S. in Engineering from School of Engineering and Applied Science at the George Washington University, and a M.A. in Film, from School of Communication, American University, with concentration in Film Directing and Photography.

During his studies at American University, Iwan started working as a freelance photographer. His first assignment was published in the Washington Post, The Washington times, as well as other national publications, and El Pais in Paraguay. Since then, his works have been published at The Atlantic magazine, DC Modern Luxury, International Finance Corporation Annual Report, and for exclusive commercial clients in DC, New York, and Indonesia. He has also taken time for non-profit organizations in and around Washington, D.C.

As a fine art photographer, he is being represented by The Studio Gallery in Washington, DC. Moreover, Iwan’s work has been shown at the National Geographic Society, the Corcoran-WPA, The Carnegie Institute-DC, The Museum of America Organization States, Vermont Photo Place, DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, and in other national and international photography juried exhibitions.

Iwan is the Head of Photography Concentration at the University of the District of Columbia. Besides, teaching full time, he is the Faculty advisor for UDC Photo Club and also has been organizing International Student Photography Exhibition, where his students exhibited their work not only in DC, but also internationally. He loves to challenge his students to show something differently, to experiment with new things and to submit their work to juried photo exhibitions.

Teaches: Basic Photography (Spring & Fall), Portraiture Photography (Fall), Fine Art Photography (Spring), Photojournalism/Documentary Photography (Spring), Radical Image (Fall)
Links: www.iwanphoto.com


Alexandra Silverthorne uses the camera as a means to understand and explore spatial environments and encounters. As projects evolve, her photographs often move beyond the mat and the frame to become sculptural objects, projections, and installations.  Originally from Washington, DC, Silverthorne graduated from Connecticut College with a major in Government and minors in Art and Philosophy and holds a Master of Fine Arts from Maine College of Art (MECA). In 2003, Silverthorne co-founded Panorama Community Arts with the goal of providing art experiences to all residents of DC. Through this she taught workshops in photography, ceramics, and mural painting to youth and elderly in Washington. Since 2010, she has taught undergraduate darkroom photography courses at American University and the University of the District of Columbia. In 2009, Silverthorne co-initiated the MFA Alumni Residency Program at MECA and currently serves as the Residency Coordinator.

Silverthorne received a fellowship to travel to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan for the 2004 annual World Conference Against A&H Bombs. She has also received several grants from the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, including the 2011 Artist Fellowship award, as well as one from the Puffin Foundation. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of the John Wilson City Hall Building in Washington, DC and the Smithville Mansion Gallery in Eastampton, NJ.

Teaches: Basic Photography (Spring & Fall), Photojournalism/Documentary Photography (Spring)
Links: www.alexandrasilverthorne.com


Rania Razek has contributed to numerous photography exhibitions internationally and received awards. She has also published a photography book, “Photography Through the Eyes of Saudi Arabian Women.” Razek holds a BA in Visual Media Communications and an MA in Film Video Production from American University. She also holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Evansville.

Teaches: Basic Photography
Links: www.raniarazek.com



Shaun Schroth was born in Elkhart, Indiana. He studied advertising and graphic design at the Elkhart Area Career Center, earned his Associate in Arts studying Video Production at the Art Institute of Washington, his Bachelor of Arts in Photography, and Masters of Arts in Teaching at the University of the District of Columbia.

Currently, Shaun is an Adjunct Photography Professor at the University of the District of Columbia, working as a freelance photographer and designer, as well as running a portrait studio, Imaginem, focused on wetplate collodion tintypes, large format instant film, and other unique photographic processes.

Shaun’s work has been shown locally in Washington, DC at various venues, ranging from universities to cafes to various galleries in the area, as well as internationally in traveling photography exhibitions and commercially as promotional materials for clients.

Teaches: Basic Photography

Links:Shaun Schroth