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News Bites: Duo of Recent Photography Grads Jumpstart Their Careers with Local Companies

Posted October 13, 2014 in AlumniNews BitesPhotography

The ink on their diplomas is barely dry, but it didn’t take 2014 Photography graduates Sam Iannamico and Alyssa Johansson long to find work in their field right here in West Michigan.

Iannamico has been hired as a photographer for the Grand Rapids Griffins hockey franchise. His area of focus will be social media and game operations, including photographing the players and fans at all games for digital marketing campaigns and social media outlets.

photography by 2014 graduate Sam IannamicoStudent work by Sam Iannamico

“Sam was one of the few photography majors at KCAD who specialized in documenting athletic events,” said Photography Program Chair Adam DeKraker. “His senior thesis project, entitled "Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better," focused on gender inequality in professional sports by depicting women in stereotypical male athletic rolls.”

During his time at KCAD, Sam also served as a lab assistant in the Photography program.          

Johansson has been hired as a market assistant and photographer for ZZ Performance, a company located in Wyoming, MI specializing in large-bore aftermarket throttle bodies for the automotive industry. The company designs, tests, and markets its own products, and Johansson will be responsible for photographing all parts created by the company as well as working with the website design.

photography by 2014 graduate Alyssa JohannsonStudent work by Alyssa Johansson

“As a student at KCAD, Alyssa focused her senior thesis project on an autobiographical narrative - the idea of maintaining a sense of ‘comfort and home’ while transitioning into a career path that was likely to keep her away from family members and loved ones – and shot everything with 35mm color film,” said DeKraker. “She’s also an active motorbike racing enthusiast, so her new position is very appropriate for her skills and interests.”