Photography & Imaging Faculty

Full Time Photo & Imaging Faculty

Tony Gonzalez

Professor, Photography

Undergraduate Photography and Imaging Advisor

Tony Gonzalez is an artist currently living in New York City. He received his BFA from the Cooper Union School of Art and his MFA from Yale University. In addition to working as a fine art photographer, Gonzalez has taught photography for over 25 years including at The Cooper Union, Pratt Institute and New York University. Since 2002, Gonzalez has been teaching full-time at Queens College, CUNY and is currently a Tenured Professor and Chair of the Art Department. Gonzalez is a contributing author for The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes, Second Edition and Third Edition by Christopher James and is featured most recently in the news book Gum Printing, A Step-by-Step Manual Highlighting Artists and Their Creative Practice by Christina Z. Anderson and Alternate Processes in Photography by Brian Arnold. Gonzalez’s current work is a series of nudes: “Bathers”, “Bedroom”, “NAIADS”, and most recently “Pool” which combines the vintage printing technique of Gum Bichromate and digital technologies. In 2016, “NAIADS” was featured in the Arezzo & Fotografia Biennial for photography in Arezzo, Italy.

Matthew Greco

Assistant Professor, Photography

Matt Greco is an artist and educator living and working in Queens NY. He received his BFA from Armstrong Atlantic University and his MFA from Queens College CUNY. He is an Assistant Professor of Art at Queens College CUNY and Co-founder and Director of The Klapper Digital Imaging Laboratory there. His work has been exhibited domestically and internationally including The Museum of Art & Design (NY), The Telfair Museum of Art (GA), Desoto Row Gallery (GA), The Dorsky Gallery (NY), The NY Studio Gallery (NY), Gallery 126 (Ireland), The Beacon Gallery (CA), and The Baron Gallery (OH). Along with artist Chris Esposito he is one half of the artist collaboration Damfino.

Adjunct Photo & Imaging Faculty

Laura Dodson

Adjunct Professor, Photography

Laura Dodson is an artist, educator and writer. She has an MFA in Photography from Pratt Institute. She has been the subject of six one-person exhibitions in New York (represented by Kouros Gallery) and Athens, Greece (Gallery 3 and Gallery 7). Her work has appeared in numerous local and international group exhibitions. Her photographs are in the permanent collection of the Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki and the American College of Athens. She has worked as the New York Correspondent for the Greek magazine Photografos and is a photography critic and reviewer for She currently teaches Digital Photography at Queens College.
Student Work Portfolio

Steven Harris

Adjunct Professor, Photography

Steven Phillip Harris is a New York based artist living in Brooklyn. He holds an MFA in Studio Art and is currently teaching Darkroom Photography, and Digital Photography at Queens College. The surrealist relationship to camera-less photographs became a focus for Harris as he experimented with the chemical process and materiality of the black & white photographic medium. This work plays with modes of perception in an unexpected spontaneous style by bending the traditional rules working with a light sensitive chemical process. Harris has exhibited at the Atlantic Gallery in NYC, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing NY,  Mana Contemporary gallery in NJ, Sideshow gallery in Brooklyn, and in the New York State Museum in Albany, NY, SUNY Empire State College in NYC, and at Queens College/CUNY, Flushing, NY. He has produced photographic work for several artists including Marina Abramovic, video projects for the Sculpture’s Guild, and images produced for Sean Kelly NY artist books and exhibitions at Whitney Museum of American Art. Harris continues to explore, exhibit, teach and pursue the limits of the visual arts in his photographic process.

Deborah Mesa-Pelly

Adjunct Professor, Photography

Deborah Mesa-Pelly was born in Havana, Cuba and raised in Queens, NY. She received her BFA from Purchase College, State University of New York and her MFA from Yale University School of Art. Her photographs and videos incorporate a wide range of subjects present in our everyday experiences as a canvas to explore and critique contemporary society. Humor becomes a way of piercing the seal of normalized ideologies, breaking apart and destabilizing dominant narratives of capitalism and consumerism.
Deborah's photographic projects are among the collections of The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Seattle Art Museum and Orange County Museum of Art. A monograph of her photographs titled, Deborah Mesa-Pelly was published by Centro de Fotographia, Salamanca, Spain, with essay’s by Roxana Marcoci, Curator, Department of Photography at The Museum of Modern Art.
Her recent solo exhibitions, Latchkey, 2019, Carpet Grotto, 2017, and Freddie, Bread, Curtains, 2015 were presented by Honey Ramka Gallery, New York. Her work has been featured in group exhibitions in the U.S., England, Brazil, France, Spain and Japan. Her photographs have been published in: “The Photograph as Contemporary Art,” Thames & Hudson Publishers and appeared in publications such as The Sunday New York Times Magazine, Fortune Magazine, The Sunday Telegraph (London) and Woman Magazine (Germany.)

Gina Minielli

Adjunct Professor, Photography

Gina Minielli is a Queens-based photographer with an M.F.A. from Queens College and a B.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts. Ms. Minielli is currently teaching Photography as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Queens College and Molloy College. Upon graduation, she was the Chief Photographer of the New York Mets Baseball Team. Later became the First Assistant to internationally-renowned environmental portrait photographer, Arnold Newman.
She photographed and co-produced the book, Incidental Heroes, showcasing black and white portraits and biographies of inspirational people who are living successful lives with multiple sclerosis. With over 250,000 copies in print, “Incidental Heroes” was covered by Photo District News, NBC News, Lifetime Television, Self Magazine, We Magazine and the New York Daily News.
In 2020, Professor Minielli was featured on PBS for her photography portrait series on the Religious Diversity of Flushing, with ceramicist Nancy Bruno, entitled The Beacon of Pluralism. She was a presenter at the College Art Association Annual Conference in Chicago. She and her colleague, Jenny LaMonica, led a discussion on Mindfulness and Contemplative Pedagogy in the Classroom.

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