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  • David Claessen

    Part-Time Faculty

    Email
    claessed@newschool.edu

    Office Location
    A - Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall - 66 West 12th Street

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    David Claessen

    Profile

    David Claessen started his career as Director of Photography over 35 years ago with the French Film Haute Mer by Edgardo Cozarinsky after serving his mentors the legendary French Cinematographers Henri Alekan and Sasha Vierny as Camera Operator.

    Since settling in the USA David has photographed a plethora of commercials, hip hop music-videos and feature TV films with established and up and coming directors including Doug Liman, Julie Dash, Tim Story, and Darren Grant winning the Kodak Achievement Award for Best Cinematography, Best Cinematography at Advertising Federation of Chicago, and nominations for a CLIO Award and MTV Music Award in the process. His films were awarded at the Cannes Film Festival, Milan Film Festival, Florida Film Festival, Houston Film Festival, NY Underground Film Festival, Emmy's, Image Awards and DGA.

    Whilst working on domestic and international films David has recently ventured into VR and Museum Installation Projects with producing partner Julie Dash under Lukasa Studios.

    David studied at Nederlandse Film & TV Academy in Amsterdam, The Netherlands graduating in 1983. He makes his primary home in New York City, but considers himself local in Los Angeles + Rome.

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    Awards And Honors

    1998 Kodak Best Cinematography Achievement Award


    Current Courses

    Cinematography and Lighting (Fall 2019)

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